TAC25: TAC building birthday bash
WHEN: Saturday 18 November 2023
WHAT: Variety Show and party in the Lodge
WHEN: 6pm – 9:30pm
TICKETS: $35 / $40
BOOKINGS: Please click here to book your tickets
Come and share TAC’s story, as we step back through 25 years of art making in the TAC25 variety show and party in the Lodge on Saturday 18 November. Your entry ticket will get you a glass of bubbles on arrival, a ticket to the variety show and entry to the after party in the lodge, with live music by The Fuelers, birthday cake and gelato! Wood fired pizza and alcohol from the bar will be available for purchase.
Please share your stories
For over a quarter of a century the Tuggeranong Arts Centre has been a place where people come together and celebrate creativity. Some come to learn, others to teach. Some to dance, others to sing. All come to share stories and explore the wonderful world of visual and performing arts. From choirs to classical quartets, digital productions, or homegrown musicals, the arts have found their way into the hearts and minds of many Tuggeranong residents.
TAC would love to hear your stories! Funny, heartwarming, or serious, we want them all. Share a memory, an experience, a life-changing moment and help us create a book of community memories for sharing at the birthday bash. To contribute your story and photo, please click here. Closing date for community responses: Saturday 5 November.
TAC25 Variety show: 6pm – 7:45pm
Enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival, then make your way into the theatre for a spectacular showcase of music, comedy, dance, drag, choirs and more. The TAC25 variety show will showcase the creative work of many artists who have been part of the TAC story, with a dazzling lineup including MC and comedian Chris Ryan, Venus Mantrap, Jess Gowing, Max Burgess, Bellyup Bellydance, Tahalianna Soward Mahanga, Tim and Nath Bevitt and the Sing with Toby choir. A short documentary and a digital story book featuring stories from the community will also be presented on the night. After the variety show, guests will be invited to join us for the TAC25 Party in the Lodge from 7:45pm – 9:30pm, for live music from The Fuelers, wood fired pizza, birthday cake & gelato and bevies.
TAC25 Party in the Lodge: 7:45pm – 9:30pm
After the variety show, guests will be invited to join us for the TAC25 Party in the Lodge. The party vibe will be rockin with live music from The Fuelers and complimentary birthday cake & gelato. Wood fired piazza and bevies will be available for purchase.
The Fuelers take the TAC25 stage with a unique high energy blast if fun! Once these guys get going, the only thing that’ll stop them is a parachute. The Fuelers, while being called many things, are usually branded country by their city-folk audiences. That means songs about trucks, heartbreak and powertools…and a complete ban on playing without a hat. A rich visual and theatrical experience, the Fuelers present a skewed take on gameshow themes, using painted props such as “The Wheel of Fate” ,“The Beer Cactus” or “The Chicken Pump”. This bizarre, vaudevillian world of their own comes complete with its own advertisements for the strange merchandise available only in “Fueler County”. The Fuelers tour nationally, taking their show to the Woodford Festival, The National Folk Festival, The Great Southern Blues Festival, Gympie Muster, Tamworth, The Adelaide Fringe, Circus of the Air, Wintersun, Greazefest, Garterbelts and Gasoline and more.
Variety Show Artists
Chris Ryan – MC and host for the evening
Chris Ryan’s remarkable association with TAC has included being host and organiser of stand-up comedy nights, and short courses and performance opportunities for budding comedians. TAC was also proud to support the production of the second season of her popular digital animation Chats with Mum. We are delighted that Chris has agreed to host and perform as part of TAC25. A journalist, a Mum and now one of the most exciting new voices on the Australian comedy scene, Chris Ryan won Best Newcomer at the Sydney Comedy Festival in 2019 and a Best Newcomer Nomination at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2021. Her laconic take on everything from romance to passive aggressive co-workers earned Chris spots in Galas such as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Oxfam Gala (2022) televised on ABC, Just For Laughs Gala (2022) on Network 10, Sydney Comedy Festival (2019, 2021 & 2022), and many more… Click here to read Chris’ full bio.
Max Burgess (they/them)
Max Burgess (they/them) is a queer artist based between Naarm (Melbourne) and Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country (Canberra), whose practice spans the realms of contemporary dance, poetry, and dramaturgy. Max’s love for dance grew from training in street styles and commercial choreography as a child and adolescent through the Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Fresh Funk dance program. Max spent 10 years at the program under the nurturing eye of Caroline ‘Leena’ Wall, having many opportunities to dance, compete, and create. Max acknowledges their time at Fresh Funk as the catalyst for their creative career, as it instilled a love of gathering, creating, and exchanging. At the age of 20, Max pursued full-time training in contemporary dance and ballet at Ev & Bow Full-time Dance Training Centre in Dharawal Country (Kirawee NSW) attaining a Certificate IV in Dance and then a Diploma in Dance Performance in 2021 from The New Zealand School of Dance in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa (Wellington, New Zealand). At the heart of Max’s practice lies queerness. Please click here to see Max’s full bio.
VenusMantrap – Drag
Venus Mantrap is an androgynous construct whose roots are firmly planted in the world of drag. Exploring aspects of cabaret, performance-art and comedy during live shows, Mantrap has produced the one-person-shows Life, Love and Lip Syncing and Valley of the Molls. Venus is the host of the monthly cult film night, Fright Night, is the producer of Six Degrees of Separation and has been a featured artist at Glitterbox, LGBTIQ+ Elders Dance Club, Drag Cabaret and Finucane and Smith’s touring show Dancehall. Follow them on Instagram at @the_venus_mantrap.
Tahalianna Soward Mahanga – Singer
Tahalianna is a proud Wiradjuri and Tongan girl. She has been singing, dancing, and performing on stage since the age of six, with her first solo singing performance at the National Museum of Australia for NAIDOC week. Tahalianna has backed many artists in her young years, she has danced interstate and represented her state at Hip Hop International, Battlegrounds, and Australian Dance Crew Championships taking out 2nd place solo and 1st place Mega Crew at the age of 10. She has performed at TAC on multiple occasions, and is currently hosting the Yunggabilli Open mic night – a new performance development opportunity for First Nations musicians.
Tim and Nath Bevitt
Tim and Nathalie Bevitt bring out the best in people. They have worked with TAC for six years, producing four children’s musicals and several mini musicals. The last 5-day school holiday program produced The Emporium of Wow Zoobarooba in January this year, and at the time of writing Tim and Nath are in the studio creating a mini musical that will hit the stage on Friday 29 September. Their most recent full-length music, The Age of the Pinedemic – the Musical was a huge success! Professional musicians and teachers with over 18 years’ experience in the field, they are highly sought after as entertainers, performing arts specialists, teachers, and composers, renowned for their unique programs that motivate, empower and engage both children and adults alike. Expect the unexpected as they take to the stage as part of the TAC25 variety show.
Sing with Toby – Tuggeranong Community Choir
Established at the beginning of 2023, Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Sing with Toby community choir explores the art of singing, through rounds, vocal exercises, and a diverse selection of music. Under the direction of opera singer and choir conductor extraordinaire Tobias Cole, participants focus on developing their ability to ‘hearken,’ or actively listen, applying their learning to free improvisation and the joy of tapping into intuition and resonating together. They performed at the TAC-taser Family Fun Day in July and look forward to opening the Spring Wonderland Picnic Concert at Lanyon in October. For the TAC25 variety show, the choir will perform a unique birthday song or two!
This family friendly group have shared the joy of belly dance with women of all ages – mothers, daughters, grandmothers, family and friends from the dance studio at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre for over a decade. There are 5 classes happening each week, based on the traditional Oriental and FCBD Tribal styles of belly dance. Find out more on their website.