Unfortunately the Hobos have had to cancel the current course 'Creating a Character' at Creswick and the upcoming Creswick Showcase due to the latest lockdowns in regional Victoria.

We hope to be back with another acting course in Creswick early next year and some clever, funny short scenes and monologues at CTC later this year. Stay tuned!

We still have our rehearsed play reading of Ribbons by Annie Massey at Edge Galleries in Maldon on hold. It's been postponed a couple of times but we're determined this show will go on and we're hoping to present this highly anticipated play reading in the next few months when the restrictions ease.

Meanwhile in Maldon, six enthusiastic Hobos have just completed two terms of the Let's Act acting course this year (thanks to a combination of in-person and online classes). They are still working hard fine tuning their fabulous monologues for the Maldon Showcase in late October. Stay tuned for the details - this is one not to be missed!

Finally our Artistic Director Jeffrey Bryant Jones is donating his time to work online with past students and actors, who are currently in lockdown, on monologues. The aim is to help them stay motivated and in touch with their art. If you're an actor in lockdown and feel you need to work on something or just want a chat, email Jeff at


Our next exciting event ...


by Annie Massey

If we can stay out of lockdown for long enough, the Hobos will be presenting a rehearsed play reading of an exciting new play called Ribbons by Annie Massey at EDGE Galleries in Maldon on a date to be advised.

unfortunately the scheduled reading on Friday July 30 at 7.30pm has been cancelled due to Covid restrictions.

The play is an hour long,  four-hander set in two acts.

There will be a Q and A after the play reading where the audience is asked to give their feedback and ask questions of the actors, director and hopefully the playwright. Annie lives in Canada and will be zooming her into the session.

Ribbons, directed by Rob Jorritsma, features: April Garreffa as Brid, Adeline Johnston as Rose, Peter Bevin as Kit and Lisa Martin as Dianne. Michael Treloar will play the Stage Manager during the play reading.

What's it about?

Ribbons links two stories about belief systems and the tragic consequences of unquestioned faith. In 1950's Ireland, a Celtic goddess and a young girl desperately strike a Faustian bargain. In today's Australia, two damaged strangers reveal their deep trauma in the aftermath of sexual abuse by Catholic priests.


What do we believe? What is the nature of our faith? And who tells us what to believe and monitors our compliance?

Some draw their beliefs from seasons, symbols and the supernatural. Others are obedient to an almighty authority, shored up through ancient scripts, and shrouded in mysteries which we are deemed too imperfect to understand.

Ribbons explores faith, belief, and the power that adults wield over children in the name of those beliefs.

Act One: The Healing Well

Set by a well in the countryside in Kildare, Ireland, in early February in the late 1950s, the play opens with Brid, a Celtic goddess, thousands of years old, speaking to Rose a young girl, determined yet vulnerable, on the cusp of adulthood.

Act Two: The Loud Fence

Set on a city sidewalk in Ballarat, Australia, in mid-summer in the present day, Kit, a man with a bit of an attitude in his mid-40s speaks to Dinah, a woman in her 60s who is eager to engage. She carries a bag of ribbons and a shoulder bag. 

What else is Hobo Playhouse presenting this year? Hover over the What's On link above.

Hobo Playhouse is proud to present a rehearsed playreading of 'Ribbons' by Annie Massey. Pictured here is April Garreffa as Brid. Photo Copyright owned by Simon Dow Photographer

April Garreffa plays Brid

Adeline Johnston plays Rose

Peter Bevin plays Kit

Lisa Martin plays Dinah