Education Events

The Suitcase Series / Turbine

25 Oct – 10 Nov 2017


The Suitcase Series empowers young people to tackle the greatest challenge of their generation: climate change. Year 9 and 10 students devise their own works in response to the commissioned script. This innovative program is a chance for students to develop and expand their theatre-making skills and to share a performance day with their peers, as well as viewing Malthouse Theatre’s full production of the play.

In 2017 we will see the return of the fourth play commissioned for this award-winning program – Turbine by Dan Giovannoni.

You can't stop progress, right? A loved one, a place, a memory, an icon, a way of life – when loss is inevitable, what do you hold on to? And how? Turbine uses a range of theatrical forms to present vignettes of people who are moving, but aren’t getting anywhere. 

About the writer

Dan Giovannoni is playwright and arts educator. He has written plays for adults and children, including the multi-award winning and widely toured VCE Drama Playlisted Cut Snake (Arthur), Jurassica (Red Stitch), and the forthcoming Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories (Barking Gecko Theatre Company). 

In 2017, The Suitcase Series is also going to the following regional venues:


October 17 / Courthouse Youth Arts, Geelong, contact Laura McIlrath:
October 20 / Portland Arts Centre, Portland, contact Vanessa O'Neill:
November 14 / Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, Traralgon, contact Eloisa Tripodi:
November 17 / Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, contact Penny Hargrave:

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BY / Dan Giovannoni
DIRECTION / Janice Muller
CAST / Paul Ashcroft, Elizabeth Esguerra, Jodie Le Vesconte

SET & COSTUME DESIGN / Romanie Harper
LIGHTING DESIGN / Amelia Lever-Davidson
SOUND DESIGN / Ian Moorhead
DRAMATURG / Mark Pritchard

2017 Malthouse Theatre Season

9am – 3.30pm, Wednesday 25 October  SOLD OUT 
9am – 3.30pm, Thursday 26 October  SOLD OUT
9am – 3.30pm, Friday 27 October  SOLD OUT 

9am – 3.30pm, Monday 30 October – SOLD OUT
9am – 3.30pm, Tuesday 31 October
9am – 3.30pm, Wednesday 1 November
9am – 3.30pm, Thursday 2 November
9am – 3.30pm, Friday 3 November  SOLD OUT

9am – 3.30pm, Wednesday 8 November  SOLD OUT
9am – 3.30pm, Thursday 9 November – SOLD OUT
9am – 3.30pm, Friday 10 November – SOLD OUT

2017 Regional Victoria Tour

October 17 / Courthouse Youth Arts, Geelong
November 14 / Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, Traralgon
November 17 / Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre


COST / $30 per participant
BOOKING / Schools are required to pay a $300 non-refundable deposit per class to secure a 20 minute performance slot on their chosen in-theatre day.

Final student numbers will be confirmed in early October with an additional invoice issued. The non-refundable deposit is equivalent to 10 students’ participation.

For more information please contact Malthouse Prompt direct on 03 9685 5164 or

The Suitcase Series is supported by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development through its Special Partnerships Program. 

A number of individual donors also support individual school participation – we thank you!