The trailer for Biting the Hand by Anne Southall

About Hobo Playhouse

Hobo Playhouse Theatre Company started in 2012 in Chewton, Central Victoria, as a fundraiser for the Clown Doctors.

In those days, an assortment of talented performers were invited to perform in a large dining room and they were paid for their efforts with a bowl of home-made soup, crusty bread and a glass or three of vino.

In 2014, Jeffrey Bryant Jones and Rob Townsend turned Hobo Playhouse into a fully fledged theatre company to present plays with social realism themes in Central Victoria and Melbourne.

The Hobos have tackled issues such as: homelessness, Alzheimer's disease, carers, suicide, mental health, drug and alcohol addiction and youth trauma to name a few.

Several of these plays sold-out performances including Outsiders and Come Back for Light Refreshments After the Service while Red, A Poster of the Cosmos, Tuesdays Are for Bill and The Carer all received strong critical acclaim.

Now based in Maldon, the company has extablished a strong link with La Trobe University to produce an award-winning play called Biting the Hand by Anne Southall. The play has been performed three times at the University's Hard Yards Conference in Bendigo and will return in 2024 as the central focus of an exciting research project.

The Hobos have also completed a series of training films for aspiring teachers at La Trobe Uni, focusing on how to manage youth trauma.

In recent years, the company's educational arm - Hobo Playhouse Actors Studio - has grown significantly with the company running acting courses in Maldon, Castlemaine and Creswick.

These courses include Let's Act (An Introduction to Acting) and Scene Study; a new course for participants to explore Therapeutic Theatre - will be added in 2025.

Covid-19 had a significant impact on the company with no full stage productions occuring since 2019. However, the Hobo's have maintained the educational arm of the company, which has strengthened and grown in the past two years.

The company is also exploring the Therapeutic Theatre genre and hopes to run a small Therapeutic Theatre group in 2026.

Coming up! The annual Hobo Playhouse Showcase of monologues and scenes, featuring our talented acting students, will be presented at Maldon Neighbourhood Centre on November 30, 2024. 

Hobo Playhouse is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. As such, we encourage performers of all races and ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, abilities, and ages to audition for our productions.

For further details about the company and/or the acting classes, please email



Talented actor Steve Cooper, who gave a brilliant performance as Vic in our first production, Outsiders, is pictured on the front page of our website. 

Matthew Greenaway in A Poster of the Cosmos. Photo: Christine Sayer.

Matthew Greenaway in A Poster of the Cosmos. Photo: Christine Sayer.

Michelle (Zinny) Zintschenko and Belinda Withrop in Me and My Friend.

Michelle (Zinny) Zintschenko and Belinda Withrop in Me and My Friend.

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The Hobos were last spotted in ...

Maldon, Victoria, Australia