From stand-up comedy stars to Prince classics, the Clocktower Centre heats up Melbourne this May

Get the latest from Beat


From stand-up comedy stars to Prince classics, the Clocktower Centre heats up Melbourne this May

Andrew De Silva
Words by Sarah Duggan

Nestled in the heart of Moonee Ponds lies a vibrant epicentre of cultural and social life: The Clocktower Centre.

This iconic venue pulsates with a dynamic array of live theatre, lively functions, and engaging events that cater to diverse tastes. Clocktower Centre serves as a beacon of artistic excellence in Moonee Valley, curated by a dedicated team passionate about delivering top-notch experiences.

From captivating touring productions to collaborative showcases with local schools and community groups, their calendar is brimming with high-quality events, including theatrical marvels, corporate gatherings, conferences, graduations, and awards nights. Within the historic venue is The Clocktower Café- a wonderful place to grab a coffee mid week!

Keep up with the latest music news, features, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

NEWK: The John Newcombe Story

Fans of tennis and captivating stories will be enthralled by NEWK: The John Newcombe Story. Written by Kieran Carroll and brought to life by the talented Damian Callinan, this comedy-drama unfolds during Newk’s 70th birthday celebration in 2014.

From his humble beginnings as a schoolboy in the 1960s to his rise as the No. 1 tennis player in the world and his subsequent role as Davis Cup Captain, the play delves into Newcombe’s ambitious yet emotionally complex journey.

With elements of drama, comedy, and insights into off-court politics, NEWK: The John Newcombe Story promises a riveting 60-minute performance without intermission, scheduled for Saturday, May 4th, at 7:30 pm.

The Listies: Make Some Noise!

  • Member Price: $30
  • Single Child: $31
  • Single Adult: $35
  • Family of 4 (2 Adults/2 Children): $128

For a family-friendly dose of laughter and entertainment, The Listies: Make Some Noise! delivers an uproarious comedy concert suitable for ages 4 and up. Featuring Richard Higgins and Matthew Kelly, The Listies are renowned for their silly songs, zany sketches, and clowning antics.

Fresh from their success at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and having won the Primary Times award for Best Production for Children at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Listies promise an unforgettable experience on Saturday, May 18th, with two shows at 11 am and 1 pm.

Kay Proudlove: Dear Diary

On May 24th at 7:30 pm, the Clocktower Centre invites audiences into the poignant world of Dear Diary, a production that intertwines intimate stories and songs from Aussie singer-songwriter Kay Proudlove’s teenage diaries. Directed by Leland Kean of Merrigong Theatre Company, the play delves into the challenges and joys of girlhood, exploring themes of crushes, fangirl moments, and the complexities of female friendships. Aimed at women, Dear Diary promises a heartfelt and relatable experience that resonates across generations.

World of Musicals in Concert

  • Member Price: $69.90
  • Adult: $79.90
  • Child 14 and Under: $59.90
  • Concession: $74.90
  • Group (Applies to 10 or more people): $74.90
  • Family (2 Adults/2 Children or 2 Adults/2 Concession): $250

Immerse yourself in the magical world of musical theatre with World of Musicals in Concert at the Clocktower Centre on the 22nd of May, 2024. This spectacular event promises a medley of timeless classics from award-winning musicals, including iconic pieces from The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, and many more beloved productions. Perfect for the whole family, this concert will transport you through the enchanting melodies and captivating stories that have defined musical theatre throughout the years.

Arj Barker: The Mind Field

  • Friday, 5 July at 7.30pm
  • Member Price: $49.90
  • Full Price: $54.90

Get ready to dive into the comedic genius of Arj Barker with his upcoming show Arj Barker The Mind Field. Originally from California, Australia has claimed Barker as one of their own, with him now having spent more time in Australia than the USA. Barker has been tickling funny bones at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and beyond. In Arj Barker The Mind Field, he tackles life’s biggest questions with his trademark wit and charm, exploring topics like the purpose of existence and the possibility of extraterrestrial life, as well as asking other big questions like, “why does it hurt when we pee?”

I Love Paris

Clocktower Centre also continue their Morning Music series this year, with I Love Paris taking the stage on Tuesday, May 14th to bring you hits from Les Miserables, An American in Paris and more.

Get tickets here.

Andrew De Silva’s Dedication to Prince

Also upcoming later in the year is Andrew De Silva’s Dedication to Prince, with ARIA award winner Andrew De Silva and his wonderful band playing tribute to the late artist. Get tickets here.

Vika & Linda

The following week will see 80s icons Vika & Linda take to the stage to perform some timeless classics with their close collaborator Cameron Bruce.

Get tickets here.

The 13-Storey Treehouse

For parents and families, Andy Griffith’s and Terry Denton’s award-winning book series The 13-Storey Treehouse will come to life on stage with seven stellar performances from June 29th-July 1st.

Get tickets here.

There really is a little something for everyone at Moonee Ponds’ Clocktower Centre- be sure to check out their upcoming events and purchase tickets HERE, and perhaps even grab yourself a membership to receive discounts and special offers.