Watch This is a bold, grass-roots organisation presenting outstanding, sophisticated musical theatre to audiences in Melbourne and regional Victoria. Our ambition and commitment to the highest production/ performance standards attract teams of wonderfully talented artists and creatives. To date we have garnered an impressive 12 Green Room Award nominations for our three Melbourne seasons: Assassins 2013, Pacific Overtures 2014 (winning Best Supporting Actor - Adrian Li Donni) and Company 2015. We've also collaborated on a model for touring our work to regional centres with Assassins in 2014 and again in 2016, with Company, in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria.
From the outset, our goal has been to launch a Sondheim repertory company - an Australian first - creating opportunities for artists and audiences to regularly explore an extraordinary, diverse and challenging body of work by one of the undisputed masters of contemporary music theatre. We are passionate about creating exciting, immediate theatrical experiences for theatre-goers. We are also committed to ensuring that these experiences are available to as many people as possible - a philosophy that informs the relatively simple matter of ticket pricing to more complex touring proposals!
All projects to date have been made possible by the generosity of the Lyngala Foundation and other visionary individuals/ organisations, including the Opera & Arts Support Group. Most recently, Watch This are grateful for critical support from the Robert Salzer Foundation.
Watch This has recently been included on the Register of Cultural Organisations - an incredible endorsement of our contribution to the sector. To Support our dynamic young organisation, why not make a tax deductible donation today?
Our upcoming production of Merrily We Roll Along by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth is all set to open at Southbank Theatre, The Lawler this week. It will run for 14 performances only. Click here to book your tickets. Special discounts apply for our two previews and for group bookings of 8+.
Directed by Sara Grenfell and Cameron Thomas, with choreography by David Wynen, Merrily We Roll Along stars Lyall Brooks as Frank, Nicole Melloy as Mary and Nelson Gardner as Charley. Our stellar cast also includes Adrian Barila, Cristina D'Agostino, Mark Doggett, Keane Fletcher, Laura Greenhalgh, Nicholas Kong, Vidya Makan, Ana Mitsikas, John Reed and Sophie Weiss with a cameo appearance by special guest Darcy Bryce. We are thrilled to welcome so many new and extraordinary artists to the Watch This family.
Preview their talents with a peek behind the scenes here.
Coincidentally, the Best Worst Thing That Ever Happened, a film documenting the original Broadway production through the eyes of its rising stars, was recently released in the US. Click here to view the trailer.