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Performance dates & times

Wednesday 14 Apr
12:00 PM
Thursday 15 Apr
10:00 AM, 12:00 PM
Friday 16 Apr
10:00 AM, 12:00 PM
Saturday 17 Apr
10:00 AM, 12:00 PM*, 3:00 PM
Saturday 24 Apr
10:00 AM, 12:00 PM**, 3:00 PM

* Auslan Interpreted performance
** Relaxed Performance

Running Time 55 minutes

Price range

Children under the age of 15 must be under the supervision of a responsible adult (18 years of age or older) at all times.
A Reserve
B Reserve

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“I didn’t want any Grannies to explode. I just wanted a paper round.”

Charlie and the War Against the Grannies bursts onto the stage in a rampaging musical comedy for children aged 5 and up!

Written by and starring Alan Brough (Spicks and Specks), this world premiere production comes to life with shadow puppetry, live music and some really stinky farts.

All 12-year-old Charlie Duncan wanted was a simple paper round. What he uncovers is a league of evil grannies plotting to set up a ‘Granny State’, where everyone will be forced to wear brown cardigans, go to bed early and where children would not exist! The stakes are high and it’s up to Charlie and his best friend Hils to go to war with the fiendish grannies to stop them from taking over the world.

Can Charlie and Hils save the day? Find out when this hilarious production full of warmth, friendship and ridiculousness lands on stage these autumn school holidays.

Non-evil grannies welcome.


Your safety and wellbeing

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Based on the book by Alan Brough
A play by Alan Brough with Sarah Kriegler
Commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne
Alan Brough
Sarah Kriegler
Kit Warhurst
Set & Costume Designer
Adrienne Chisholm
Lighting Designer
Rachel Burke
Anna Francesca Armenia
Mrs Cycopolos/Peta/Grannies
Julia Davis
Hero photo
Jason Lau
Production photos
Mark Gambino
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