Hobo Playhouse is one example of community-based, social realism theatre in Central Victoria.
Hobo Playhouse have produced and performed the following plays from 2012-2019 (The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted productions 2020-2022):
• Bums (2014) a one-act play by Robert Shaffron was produced and performed in Castlemaine and Emerald, Victoria to sell-out audiences. Bums also won several awards at the Dandenong Ranges One Act Play Festival.
• Outsiders (2015) featured the one-act play Bums by Robert Shaffron about street people and a young Slam Poet Sam Hasel was produced and performed in Castlemaine, Victoria, to sold-out audiences and was also performed at the Bluestone Church Arts Space, Footscray, Melbourne as part of Fringe West 2015 where it attracted a solid audience and great feedback.
• Come Back for Light Refreshments after the Service (2016), a play by Julie Day about kinship carers was produced and performed in Castlemaine, Maldon and Belgrave, Victoria to sell- out audiences.
• Me and My Friend (2016) a two-act play by Gillian Plowman was produced and performed in Castlemaine, Maldon and Emerald, Victoria, it was be presented as part of Mental Health Week in Mount Alexander Shire in Central Victoria.
• Encounters (2018) featured three plays, Upwardly by Mark Cleary, Tuesday’s are for Bill by Paul Hannah and A Poster of the Cosmos by Lanford Wilson was produced and performed in Emerald, Victoria to enthusiastic audience reactions.
• Biting the Hand (2018/2019), a one-act play by Dr Anne Southhall, was produced, and performed for La Trobe University in Bendigo, Victoria to teacher education conference participants. It generated excellent feedback and ongoing conversations and research about managing young people on the Autism Spectrum in schools.
• Red (2019), a play by John Logan about Mark Rothko the artist in New York, was produced, and performed in Bendigo, Victoria.
• The Carer (2019), a play by Alan Hopgood about surviving a partner with dementia, was produced, and performed in Castlemaine, Creswick, Kyneton and Bendigo in Victoria.