Half an Hour Visit – Varcoe’s Foundry, Mt Gambier

Visiting times open for new Australian theatre


You enter a room… The walls are white, the room stark and bare. There are only five of you: four other audience members and yourself. You choose a seat at one of five tables and wait. An empty plastic chair sits opposite. Then the bell on the wall sounds and five people are escorted in. You look up as someone sits opposite you and greets you by name… they know you. But who are they? And why do they know you?


HALF AN HOUR VISIT is a raw new work created by Write Club. Featuring four of Australia’s most interesting young playwrights (Caleb Lewis, Suzie Miller, Vanessa Bates and Damian Millar) along with AFI winning director and filmmaker Rob Marchand, Write Club aim to present unique storytelling experiences which are different every time.


Half An Hour Visit is the first of the new performance works in development being presented as part of Country Arts SA’s Forged Works program at the Varcoe’s Foundry in Mount Gambier.


We’re inviting a small, adventurous audience to come along and help the team by being the first audience to interact in Half An Hour Visit,” said Forged Works Producer Steve Mayhew. “It’s a rare chance to get to see a new piece of theatre at this stage of development and a way of discovering a little bit of what happens to personal relationships when people are in incarceration.”


The aim of Half An Hour Visit is to create unique one-on-one experiences between each performer and the person seated in front of them,” said Caleb Lewis. “With expert insight from the world of correctional services we have created fully realised characters. Each audience member is ‘cast’ as a character in a particular prisoner’s life. So it could be insightful, funny, scary – whatever it is I’m sure it will be an eye-opener for us and the audience.”


Tickets are strictly limited so book early.


Date: Saturday 13 April, 2013 starting at 6.30pm

Location: Varcoe’s Foundry, Ferrers Street, Mount Gambier

Tickets: $6 (inclusive of booking fee)

Bookings: Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre on (08) 8723 8741

3 Responses to Half an Hour Visit – Varcoe’s Foundry, Mt Gambier

  1. Sandra Rowe (Varcoe) Reply

    May 28, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Hi there, just came across this while surfing around. As you can see, my maiden name is Varcoe and I am a grand-daughter of T H Varcoe. It would satisfy a thought of mine, if I would be able to see inside the foundry at some time. I await your reply, Thank you,
    Sandra Rowe nee Varcoe.

  2. Phil WALTERS Reply

    December 28, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I have purchased V6 Capri that was registered to Chris Varcoe of MT Gambier,and would like some history if you cam help.

    Reg No was RKP 929

    Phil Walters 0418 243 805

  3. Sandra Rowe (VARCOE) Reply

    February 8, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Bit rough when you are the granddaughter of this historical family business, just to have a private time looking at what was your family property.

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