2024 Acting Course 

Great news! Hobo Playhouse will be running three acting courses in Maldon in 2024 - Acting for Beginners starting February 2-March 22; Scene Study and Monologues May-June; and Creating a Character August-September. Each course will run for eight weeks and a Showcase of scenes and monologues will be presented in October. Enrolment details will be released in mid-December. Stay tuned!

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 small groups 

Jeffrey Bryant Jones is available to run short courses for 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