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 ‘Devine’ on at Chapel off Chapel December 3 -19 

12 Little Chapel St. Prahran

Bookings: 03 8290 7000


Art Events Australia presents it’s third production “Devine” The Sarah Vaughan story, written by award-winning playwright Neil Cole.  Starring Green Room nominated actress Fem Belling  accompanied by multi-award winning composer, pianist and musical director Warren Wills.

The story is about Sarah’s rise to stardom.  It traces her early beginnings singing with Ella Fitzgerald, to her recordings with Mercury Records..

Fem Belling exploded onto the Melbourne Jazz scene and is emerging as one of Australia’s formidable and exciting new jazz performers. Her African Jazz and theatre roots augment her unique musicality, choices and interpretations.

No stranger to the stage, Fem was a leading lady of London’s West End for 5 years. She performed for Her Majesty The Queen at the Royal Variety Show. Her roles include shows: HAIRSPRAY, FAME, CATS, JOSEPH & HIS TECHNICOLOUR DREAM COAT, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, LITTLE SHOP of HORRORS, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, & Liza Minnelli opposite Todd McKenney in THE BOY FROM OZ.

Seating: General Admission. Please make sure you arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the performance start time. The performance has a strict ‘ Lockout Policy’, latecomers will not be permitted.


‘Every Grain of Sand’

Powerfully emotive, Every Grain of Sand is currently playing at Chapel off Chapel, but you better be quick as this season finishes next Sunday. 

My dear friend Emily Humphries who I know to be an exceptional and extraordinary poet, painter and thinker illuminated me to this play and it’s multi-faceted and talented playwright Neil Cole and director Don Bridges. Both have very rich pedigree careers in Australian theatre, film, television and politics. Both currently invest their time and energies, among other pursuits, in passing on their expertise and life experience as educators.

Even though my friend knew little of the theme of the play other than being staged around sports and politics she assured me that anything Don Bridges is working with has to be above and beyond good. Yet, again she was spot on…

This story is about life on life’s terms when four hardworking citizens unite for a common cause. We witness the rise of political ambition morphing into addictive desire for the spot light and the need to win; combined with unabated capitalism, manipulation and socialist ideology. But most compelling and emotionally charged is the deep support and compassion that carries these individuals through their daily trials and tributions. I was literally brought to tears by the authentic and often diverting performances by this amazing cast.

Presented by Melbourne Jewish Theatre Trust

Written by Neil Cole
Directed by Don Bridges

Starring Chris BroadstockClare PickeringCameron McKenzie and Kirsten Snowden

Composer Warren Wills Lighting Design Boyd Gordon 


6 March – 23 March
Times: Tuesday – Saturday 8pm, Sunday 6:30pm
Tickets: $35 (+ Transaction Fee)
Seating: General Admission. Please make sure you arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the performance start time.Latecomers will not be permitted.
Please Note: If you require wheelchair access please call our Box Office on 03 8290 7000.
Duration: 90 mins (no interval)

By Kerrie Pacholli aka Pation Pics