The Bowery Theatre, located within St Albans Community Centre, is a hub for creative arts and cultural events.
We believe through live performance, artists and the community can come together to boldly create a connected, vibrant and creative community.
The Bowery Theatre is named after the late artist, Leigh Bowery who grew up in Brimbank. Leigh Bowery was one of the most influential international arts figures of the 80s and 90s. A celebrated fixture of the fashion, nightlife and avant-garde scenes in London and New York, he was known for his flamboyant get-ups, larger than life personality and bold performance art. As a creative space we are inspired by his legacy.
The Bowery presents a diverse bi-annual season of theatre, music, dance and children’s programming, including work curated from Australia’s finest performing artists/arts companies, self-produced work that is reflective of the Brimbank community, and performance work made by local artists.
The Bowery plays a vital role in nurturing the local performing arts ecology in Melbourne’s outer western suburbs. Throughout history, Brimbank has experienced many shifts in its cultural landscape, largely brought about by migration. As a result, we seek to support the development of diverse Australian voices, and we champion those artists and their creative expression.
Our audiences come from our local neighbourhoods as well as across greater Melbourne, and for them we endeavour to be an accessible, approachable and welcoming place to experience theatre and live performance.
As a venue for hire, we also facilitate and host numerous commercial and community performing arts events. We work with our hirers to meet their needs as well as their audiences, ensuring a memorable experience for everyone.
The Bowery Theatre respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of this land, the Wurundjeri people, and pay our respects to Elders past and present.
We support and contribute to the process of reconciliation through the programming of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and communities, and through their creative processes.
The Bowery Theatre is supported by the Sidney Myer Fund.