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Concerts and Arts Group

Coordinator Merry Canavan. Please respond to email invitations.

This group facilitates groups of Seacliff Probus Club Members spouses and friends going to cultural activities.

As such it has no set meetings and information is printed in our Newsletter or below.


14-19 September - Mildura Getaway with Glenelg Bay Probus

Seeking expressions of interest.  Please contact Merry.


30 June "Symphony " at Festival Theatre

Get your tickets through Louise.


22 June Symphony By The Sea, at Brighton Secondary School

Buy your tickets online at Try Booking.


Tuesday 30 April 2024 at 7:00 pm 

TINA – The Tina Turner Musical

24 Apr – 20 May 2024 Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Rd Adelaide SA.

Tickets $139-169

Please advise Merry if interested asap, tickets now available and likely to sell fast


The Fringe

 is an icon to SA so I think it would be a great outing for March.  I have come up with two shows that may appeal:

 BEST OF THE BEST-Tuesday 5th March.6-45pm 

The Virago at Gluttony-Rymill Park -60 minutes $35.00

TIGHT MUMS LOOSE UNITS-Friday 15th March 7.20pm

The Squeaker at Gluttony-Rymill Park-50 Minutes 24.00


If you are interested please pay into our Seacliff Probus with your name by Friday 2nd February and then I can go ahead and make reservations .  We will have a light meal following the show!!!!!


Saturday 2 December at 6:30pm  

Adelaide Town Hall Candlelight Concert

TBC Candlelight Orchestra: Tribute to Queen

Adelaide Town Hall, 128 King William St

Adelaide SA

I will advise details when concert confirmed…let me know if interested


Friday 27 October 1.10 – 2pm

Elder Hall Lunchtime Concerts, Elder Hall, North Terrace

Concert by Top Class: The annual showcase concert featuring the top student performers of the Elder Conservatorium of Music. Supported by the Peter Brooker Prize for Musical Excellence.

Tickets $15 general admission     Optional coffee/wine after concert

Please contact me before Fri 20 October or before


Friday 20 October at 1:30pm

An afternoon of Mahjong……1.30pm 3.30pm at a local venue

Mahjong or mah-jongg is a tile-based game that was developed in the 19th century in China and has spread throughout the world since the early 20th century. Usually played in groups of 4 people

This session is suitable for beginners or those who have played before. 12 spots available    

Register your interest asap…. FREE session   


Monday, 9th October 2023  

Movie Night: 'A Haunting in Venice' 

FILM evening organised by Independent Arts Foundation raising funds for emerging artists in SA.  Wallis Mitcham, Mitcham Shopping Centre, Level 1, 119 Belair Road, Torrens Park SA 5062   Optional pre film dinner at Torrens Arms Hotel from 5.30pm, Film starts 7pm    

'A Haunting in Venice' directed by Kenneth Branagh. Starring Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Yeoh and Jamie Dornan adapted from 'Hallowe'en Party' by Agatha Christie. In post-World War II Venice, Poirot, now retired and living in his own exile, reluctantly attends a seance. But when one of the guests is murdered, it is up to the former detective to once again uncover the killer...

Bookings via Trybooking IAF Members $18 Non-members $20

To view a trailer

Please book by Friday 29 September using the Trybooking link or contact me. I will book venue for pre film dinner when I have confirmed numbers


Tuesday 27 June 6.30 – 7.30     Meet the Author: Paul Tucker-“Murder in the Colony”

Marion Cultural Centre Sturt Room, Diagonal Rd

Soon after SA was established in 1836, the first murder was recorded. Join former Major Crimes Detective Paul Tucker as he discusses his fascinating book, exploring all recorded murder trials in Sa’s first 50 years A must for true crime fans and history buffs alike.

FREE, bookings essential Book online  Please advise me if you want to join a Probus group


Saturday 3 June 2023 1.30pm :  Arts Theatre Angus Street

A Chorus Line is a 1975 musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, and a book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante.

Set on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre, the musical is centred on seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line. A Chorus Line provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer, as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers.


Monday, 22nd May 2023, 7pm starts.  Optional pre film dinner 5.30 Dolce Café ground level

FILM organised by Independent Arts Foundation  at Wallis Mitcham, Mitcham Shopping Centre, Level 1, 119 Belair Road, Torrens Park SA 5062 

Book Club: The Next chapter – starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen

 Four best friends take their book club to Italy for the fun girls trip they never had. When things go off the rails and secrets are revealed, their relaxing vacation turns into a once-in-a-lifetime cross-country adventure.  

Please book by Friday, 12th May using the Trybooking link below or contact me. I will book venue for pre film dinner when I have confirmed numbers


Friday, 12 May 2023, 1:10 pm - 2:00 pm Alma Moodie Quartet:

Webern  Six Bagatelles Ligeti  String Quartet No. 2 Haydn  String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 5 . Kristian Winther leads some of Australia’s finest young string players in Webern’s Bagatelles which displays the composer’s extreme aphoristic style, whilst a micropolyphonic technique and texture unite Ligety’s five movement work. Haydn’s late Opus 76 was described by a contemporary as “full of invention, fire, good taste and special effects.”

Location: Elder Hall North Terrace

Cost: $15 general admission



Issued 21st November 2022


Wallis Cinemas, Mitcham
Mitcham Shopping Centre, Level 1, 119 Belair Rd, Torrens Park SA 5062

Monday, 12 December 2022, 6:30pm

See link for details.



Issued 24th August 2022

Wednesday 14 September 2-4pm

Ageing Successfully Series: Latest Developments in Cancer Research

Free lecture 

City West Campus Uni SA North Tce

More information and to book   Email: [email protected] Phone: +61 8 8302 7375


Sat 17 September Arts Theatre 2-4.30 

The Adelaide Repertory Theatre Company presents a play Sweet Road

Adult: $25 Online Only / Concession $22 Online Only

Award-winning Australian playwright, Debra Oswald (Offspring, The Secret Life of Us) gives us intertwining stories of love, loss and grief as characters search for reasons, answers and purpose in the outback.


Friday 30 September 7.30pm

The 60 Four present the biggest hits of the '60s and other classics in an energetic, Las Vegas-style performance. A spectacular 9-piece band, contemporary sound

Tickets from $70 plus booking fee $7.70 Ticketmaster


Please let me know by email if you are interested in any of these events and we can get a group together

I will be making a group booking for the play at the Arts Theatre on Monday 29, I will advise payment details if you contact me


Merry Canavan E: [email protected] M: 0417084377

Seacliff Probus Club

Concerts and Arts Group Coordinator


Art Gallery of South Australia

9 July – 3 October Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Archibald PrizeArchie 100 explores the history of Australia’s most prestigious portrait award. 

Developed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the exhibition presents a diverse selection of approximately 100 Archibald portraits from the last century—the triumphant and the thwarted—and honours the artists who have made the prize the most sought-after accolade in Australian art today. 

Tickets are untimed and undated   Adults $25 Concession $20   Purchase online 


Issued 30th April 2022

The Madness of King George III

Arts Theatre Sat 25 June 2022 2pm-4.30pm      

Adult: Concession/ Seniors $22 Online Only

In the latter part of King George III of England his behaviour changes. Gradually at first and easy to brush under the carpet. Then it becomes much less easy to hide. The Madness of George III is an historical story which goes full circle. It is witty, energetic and engaging.

Please advise by May 26 meeting if you want a ticket


Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Dates: 14 April - 24 July 2022 Times: 10am - 4pm daily

Location: Adelaide Botanic Garden. Find the exhibition in the International Rose Garden at C15 on the map.Tickets: Adult general admission: $10, Students and concessions: $8 Tickets can be pre-booked via link below and are also available on the door. Please note this is a cashless venue.

For the first time in South Australia, you can gaze through the lens of some of the world's best wildlife photographers and marvel at the beauty of our planet. The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, features exceptional images which capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular flora and landscapes, and the breath-taking diversity of the natural world.

If this appeals to you please email and we can make a date that suits most.

Downton Abbey Sunday May 15 @ 4pm at the Regal Theatre, $25 pp includes movie, ice-cream and popcorn with proceeds supporting Novita.

If you want to be part of the Probus group attending please email me by Monday 9 May and I will advise payment and any travel arrangements

Adelaide Hills Chamber Players Family Concert Sat 18 June 7.30pm $48pp

Hopgood Theatre , Noarlunga

Programme: Saint Saens: Carnival of the Animals [for strings and winds]

Vivaldi: Gloria [for string orchestra, chamber & community choirs]

Jankowski: Gardens [for string orchestra and chamber choir]

I’ve spoken with the organiser Brian Chatterton (previous Artistic Director of State Opera) who advises the Hopgood Theatre is quite large, and ticket holders can sit anywhere in theatre....first in best served

Please let me know by email by May 26 meeting if you want to go.


Issued 24th April 2022

The Probus Arts and Concert Group had another fun outing to see The Duke at Mitcham Cinemas recently.

 The event was organised by the Independent Arts Foundation, which raises money for emerging artists in SA.

 We all enjoyed the film, especially Yvonne Learmonth, who won a raffle prize of choccy eggs in time for Easter.



Issued 5th April

A superb night at La Boheme Opera on the beach.....balmy weather, perfect sound and visibility ensured a group of Probus friends had a special night out. The fireworks were quite spectacular too!

Issued 16th March

A small Probus group thoroughly enjoyed a Fringe event "The 60 Four" at Norwood Concert Hall. 2 hours of lively music, singing and dancing from the 1960's by 4 very energetic and talented musicians, with any orchestral backing. We also managed a delicious lunch along the Parade beforehand. Another fun outing and  Probus friendship.

Issued 19th February

Happy New Year to all….Our New Year hasn't started as we expected.  Many events are being cancelled or rescheduled with capacity restrictions. For those of you who are not concerned about being out and about, I will send out news about what's on offer around town to enjoy this summer.  In the meantime, stay safe.

The Adelaide Fringe and Festival bookings are now open. If you see an event you would like to attend, please advise me and I can send an email out to group.

The Concert and Arts group have had a recent outing, with a couple more planned for March

A concert at the Adelaide Town Hall: Vivaldi by Candlelight was thoroughly enjoyed by a small group.

Beautiful music in a mesmerising setting, with bubbles and nibbles at the Hilton afterwards.

We all agreed it was a  most enjoyable evening of music, fun and friendship. I add a photo , and a couple I will send separately from my phone

Coming up:

Another small group booked to go to a Fringe concert at the Norwood Concert Hall mid March, "The 60 Four"

8 of us booked for "Opera on the Beach" La Boheme : Glenelg Beach) late March

We find small groups perfect; booking is easier and we can all get to know each other a little more on a debrief after

Hope you can join us next time; remember if you see an event you would like to go to please contact me  and I can try to get a group together


Issued 2021


The greatest love story ever told.

State Opera presents Puccini’s epic love story on stage under the stars with a cast of Australia’s best voices and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

It’s Paris, 1930s – the city of love. Young dreamers Mimi and Rudolfo meet – their chemistry is electric. They fall head-over-heels for each other. This is love, this could last forever…!

Meanwhile, his best mates are doing it tough to follow their dreams.  They are all in this together, but what about when a woman gets in the way?

Their highs, lows, loves and losses become the setting for one of opera’s most lush, romantic scores. You’ll fall in love with la vie bohème.

This event is set on the iconic Glenelg Beach.

General Admission areas are on the sand. BYO blanket/cushion.
Please note GA1 & GA2 sections (at the front) cannot accommodate seating of higher than 10cm off the ground.

Reserved Seating in Premiums A, B and C Reserves are available. 

Wheelchair and Easy Access seating options are available. Companion Cards recognised. Support animals welcome.
A purpose built viewing platform for wheelchairs will be at promenade level with direct transport access.

If you wish to proceed with booking please contact me asap as tickets selling fast….only a few left.

$54 (concession/senior) Section D4A.

Merry Chapman.



11th February at 6:30 p.m

Zone C seating (good visibility) $45pp
Seating is assigned on a first come first served basis

Duration: 65 minutes (doors open 30 minutes prior to the start time. Late entry not permitted!) Safety measures will be in place throughout the experience

Tentative Program
Selections from Vivaldi's Four Seasons performed by Amicus String Quartet

A beautifully unique classical music performance or a romantic candlelit experience, this performance is for you. Walk into one of Adelaide's emblematic buildings where the walls will be flickering by candlelight to create a magical atmosphere.



Tuesday 1 February, 6pm Approximately 70 minutes no interval

Tickets Adult $70 Concession $60 A $6 transaction fee applies to all bookings


Teddy Tahu Rhodes Her Majestys Theatre Saturday 20th November 2021

Teddy Tahu Rhodes is Australia’s favourite leading man of the operatic, music theatre, and concert stage, dazzling audiences with his extraordinary voice and presence. Joined in Adelaide by pianist and conductor Guy Noble, they present a special selection of favourite arias and songs.

From The Barber of Seville to an enchanted evening in the South Pacific, from Schubert Lieder to the swagger of Clancy of The Overflow, enjoy a glorious evening in the company of two of music’s most charming and talented men.

The people stood and roared. Say no more.– The Advertiser

Her Majesty's Theatre Sat 20 Nov 2pm

I have reserved 10 tickets (may be able to get more) B Reserve Grand Circle 2 rows back in centre. Concession, Senior, RAA all $63.90, includes booking fee.

Payment before Monday Nov 1st

Payment method to be advised above at next Probus meeting 28 Oct


The Audience at the Arts Theatre Saturday 13 November 2021

I heard a review of this play this morning...sounds good. Ive put an enquiry to Arts Theatre re a group booking.

A lot of sessions are heavily booked but plenty seats upstairs available on Sat 13 November at 2pm.

The Audience is a play by the British playwright and screenwriter Peter Morgan. The play centres on weekly meetings, called audiences, between Queen Elizabeth II, originally played by Helen Mirren, and her prime ministers and premiered in the West End in 2013, at the Gielgud Theatre.

Matinees both Saturday at 2 pm (finish time approx 4.30 pm). All shows are at The Arts Theatre, 53 Angus Street, Adelaide with convenient on-street and nearby ...

Tickets $24-29

Please reply by return email this weekend if you would like to be part of the Probus group going.


ELDER HALL Concert Friday 5th November 2021

We have reserved 15 tickets for the final 2021 lunchtime concert at Elder Conservatorium of Music “Evolving Spirits” featuring the music of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. The concert starts at 1.10pm and finishes 2pm, with a cost of $14pp. Please meet outside Elder Hall 1245hrs to allow time for the group to go in together to their reserved seats

Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide SA

Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra Luke Dollman - conductor Shawn Hui - piano Rachmaninoff - Isle of the Dead, Op. 29 Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 23 

If you would like to attend, cash payment $14 is required at the next Probus meeting 28 October.  We will be advising the booking agency of the final numbers on Monday 1st November.


HOLDEN STREET THEATRE, The season runs 21 -30 October 2021

The Holden Street Theatres are back in full swing with the South Australian premiere of THE LARAMIE PROJECT, presented by Red Phoenix Theatre, Hindmarsh.

THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a modern classic written by Moisés Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theatre Project.  It is one of the most-performed theatre pieces in America.  

Bookings at: or call the box office on 8225 8888.

Nightly at 7:30pm. Sunday matinee at 2:00pm. Cost:  $25/Conc $19 

The HST Bar will be open prior to the show and during the two intervals. 

As I am away I will not be attending this event or able to organise a booking.