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Profound and enlightening

The Keys are in the Margarine is a unique form of stagecraft. “Verbatim” or “documentary” theatre is real, mesmerising and truthful. It interweaves hilarity with heartbreak to poignant effect, while providing deep insight into what it means to be human.

Dementia and Alzheimers affects many New Zealand families. It’s a condition none of us can ignore. This play is created from interviews with people with direct experience of the disease: caregivers, family members, doctors, and support workers. Their stories communicate the effect dementia has on the lives of people living with the disease and everyone around them.

In performance, the actors re-enact those interviews. With the audio playing in their ears, they relay the original words, and how those words were spoken. Every vocal inflexion, intonation, and hesitation, as well as the physical gestures and facial expressions.

Performances are:

  • Saturday 12 October, 7.30pm

  • Sunday 13 October, 3.00pm

Prices*: Adult $35.00; Student (with ID) $28.00; Senior Citizen (65+) $28.00; Group of 6 or more $28.00 per person; Group of 15 or more $24.00 per person *Service fees may apply. 

Performance length: approx. 1 hour 15 minutes (no interval). Latecomers will be seated when appropriate. Tickets are for general admission seating. See Ticketing T&Cs for the Hannah's policies on phones, photos and large items


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Melbourne City Ballet is a full time classical ballet company based in Coburg, Victoria. The organisation is focused on developing classical ballet throughout metropolitan, regional and remote areas of Australia, at ticket prices affordable to most audiences. Our artists are some of the finest dancers within the country, known for their strength and diversity.  The Ballet are very fortunate to boast a diverse repertoire of contemporary and neoclassical works while also maintaining traditional classical repertoire. 

In additional to our performance company, our programs are designed to work alongside upcoming performer's training with a focus on enhancing their performance skills. Melbourne City Ballet currently offer a significant number of training programs to develop upcoming artists. These programs are designed to educate in the areas of polishing, professional experience and performance respectively. Melbourne City Ballet strongly believes in the benefits of gaining experience with industry professionals and our supportive programs assist us to offer this.