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Garden City Weeded – A Comedy Performance

April 6 - April 13


The Weeding of the Covent Garden Or The Middlesex Justice of Peace, A Facetious Comedy was written in 1632 and, apart from a rehearsed reading for ‘Read Not Dead’ in 1999 at Shakespeare’s Globe, has not been performed again anywhere.
This important full-length production of Brome’s comedy is renamed Garden City Weeded, in homage to local development issues in Melbourne.
The real Earl of Bedford got into trouble in the 17th century for building without a licence, not following design specs agreed with the surveyor, and going ahead without sufficient infrastructure…Set in various taverns and houses between Carlton and the Docklands, this play is about recalcitrant fathers, naughty children and property development. Will Rooksbill make lots of money from his new development, complete with that very important innovation, a balcony? Can Crosswill, newly arrived from Horsham, navigate city life as his children pull the wool over his eyes (not to mention his wallet)? Does Cockbrain rid the taverns of crime and lewdness? Is the path of true love for Katherine and Anthony, Lucy and Mihil, and Nick and Dorcas strewn with weeds or roses?

This most timely of plays is the fourth, and the maddest, Richard Brome comedy to be premiered in Ballarat directed by Kim Durban. Don’t miss it!

Ticket Prices:

Adult – $30

Concession/Friends of the Arts Academy – $22

FedUni Student – $8


Federation University Australia
Helen McPherson Smith Theatre
Camp Street
Ballarat, VIC 3350


As a valued “Friends of the Arts Academy” member we would like to offer you a

discounted ticket to this performance, please click on the link below to register:


April 6
April 13
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