Hobo's 2024 Acting for Beginners course is full

We have had a fantastic response from budding actors and those wanting to do a refresher for our Acting for Beginners Course at Maldon Neighbourhood Centre!

Thank you to the 10 people who enrolled - the Hobo's Artistic Director Jeffrey Bryant Jones is looking forward to working with you all!

There is currently a waiting list for people who missed out on enrolling in this course and they will be notified if anyone drops out or if a second course can be offered in the same timeframe. To add your name to the waiting list visit


This will be the first of three courses the Hobo's will be running at Maldon Neighbourhood Centre (MNC) this year.

Acting for Beginners will be followed by a Scene Study and Monologues course from May 3-June 22 and Creating a Character from August 2-September 20. The courses will culminate in a Showcase of scenes and monologues (date tbc).

Huge thanks to the Adult, Community and Further Education - Learn Local - for funding the courses once again.

The funding helps to keep fees down for students and also raise valuable funds for MNC.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming announcements and get ready to embark on a thrilling acting journey with Hobo Playhouse.

2024 Acting Courses 

Great news! Hobo Playhouse will be running an eight-week Acting for Beginners course at Maldon Neighbourhood Centre (MNC) from February 2-March 22 from 1.30-4.30pm. There will be 10 spots available. Expressions of interest and enrolments are being managed by MNC.


People can put their names down to do the course by emailing the MNC coordinator, John, at  coordinator@maldonnc.org.au stating they are interested in doing the acting course and that they will follow up and enrol on Monday, January 15, 2024 when the centre reopens. MNC’s number is 5475 2093.

The course has been funded again (thank you Australian, Community and Further Education!) which means the fees will be the same as last year ($80 full/$60 concession per term).


Acting for Beginners will be followed by a Scene Study and Monologues course from May 3-June 22 and Creating a Character from August 2-September 20. The courses will culminate in a Showcase of scenes and monologues (date tbc). Give me a call on 0457 843 551 or email if you need further info about content of the courses.


Hobo Playhouse wishes you and yours a very Happy Christmas, a Merry New Year and lots of creative challenges and achievements in 2024!


2023 Acting course - Well, that's a wrap!

Nine brave actors ventured onto our pop up stage at Maldon Neighbourhood Centre on Sunday, August 20, to perform a series of monologues to the public.

The Showcase was the culmination of 16 weeks of acting classes, which attracted actors from across Central Victoria. Some had years of experience, others had dipped their toe in the water a couple of times before and a few had never ventured on stage. No matter how much experience you've got, it can always be daunting for anyone to step in front of the lights, remember lines and share their vulnerability with complete strangers.

The Showcase is usually held for the cast's family's and friends but this was the first time the Hobo's had opened a Showcase to the general public and more than 50 people packed into the old hall to support the actors.

The Showcase contained comedy, drama, poetry, and improvisations and the audience loved it! The huge applause for the actors at the end of the show said it all.

What's next? Several graduates from this course have already been cast in Castlemaine Theatre Comapny's next production, Under Milkwood, and one has a role in Ballarat National's Wyrd Sisters.  Others are furthing their studies in the arts.

Congratulations to all of the actors - Tricia, Mark, Graham, Fran, Loise, Laura, Juliana, Ron and Renee - on your stellar performances, and thank you for being part of the course. Thanks also to John at Maldon Neighbourhood Centre coordinator John Bainbridge for his assistance and to the State Government for funding the course.

The next Hobo Playhouse Acting course for adults will be held in February, 2024 in Maldon, Victoria. If you are interested, email Jeff at hoboplayhouse@yahoo.com

Acting I and II was one of several MNC courses in 2023 to be funded by the State Government’s Adult Community and Further Education Board, which aims to assist local people learn new skills and broaden their employment options.

What students are saying about the course ...

"What I wanted out of the course was to develop more self confidence and have some adventurous fun. Your calm guidance gave me all that and more. 

Personally I feel braver. You provided a safe place to be silly and spontaneous and I thoroughly enjoyed the process of learning my monologue. I’m glad that was the one you selected for me. It still gives me goosebumps."

"Your acting course has given me more confidence in my ability to act, in fact, since doing your course, I am no longer pretending whilst on stage but I feel I am actually acting. Further, I feel this confidence has fallen into my daily life."

"The course has helped me grow in confidence and belief in myself. It’s made me happy and helped me make new friends. If there’s another one I’d love to do it! Thank you for being a fun and engaging teacher."

"The Hobo Playhouse method acting courses have had a significant impact on my acting career and also my mental health. The classes allow me to develop my acting ability in a way that best suited my needs ... the classes were also a great outlet that helped me channel emotions for a useful purpose, which was a particular highlight for me."



Tutor available for private classes 

Jeffrey Bryant Jones is available to take private classes with individuals and small groups  (maximum 8 people) of all abilities who want to learn/enhance their acting skills in 2024.

For enquiries, call Jeffrey on 0457 843 551 or email hoboplayhouse@yahoo.com