What’s on stage in Melbourne August 10 to 11

STAGE

’NIGHT, MOTHER

‘Night, Mother.

An ordinary Saturday night turns calamitous when Jessie tells her mother that she is going to kill herself that evening, leading to a night of honesty that’s set to test their relationship. ’Night, Mother, by Marsha Norman, explores issues of love, quiet savagery and arduous relationships by dissecting the very complex bond between a mother and her daughter. Saturday, 7.30pm, Sunday, 5pm, Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran, $27-$35, 82907000, chapeloffchapel.com.au

HELPING HANDS

Following three people as they navigate through their own life struggles, Helping Hands questions what ‘‘help’’ is for an autistic person and what it means to be ‘‘helped’’. Created in collaboration with a majority autistic and neurodivergent cast, this story provides a deeper perspective on the challenges people with autism face in a world that still has trouble understanding and accepting who they are. Saturday, 7.30pm, LaMama Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street, Carlton, $20-$30, 93476948, lamama.com.au

Paul Slade Smith as Willy Wonka with the lead cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Credit:Brian Geach

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Immerse yourself in a world of pure imagination with Roald Dahl’s beloved tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Charlie Bucket’s impoverished life is dramatically altered when he wins a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. This production features a new score and songs from the original film such as The Candy Man and Pure Imagination. Saturday, 2pm, Sunday, 1pm and 6pm, Her Majesty’s Theatre, 219 Exhibition Street, city, $60-$200, 132849, ticketek.com.au

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