Attention thespians of Gippsland, and absolutely everybody else, Melbourne performing arts company, The Dog Theatre, is bringing internationally renowned theatre group Born in a Taxi to our region for the first time, for not one but two shows of The Waiting Room.

The contemporary performance, The Waiting Room, is one of East Gippsland Winter Festival’s many incredible events, with two shows on July 1 and 2, from 7.30pm at Iceworks Studio, Lakes Entrance.

In collaboration with the theatre group Born in a Taxi and East Gippsland Winter Festival, the Dog Theatre delivers cutting-edge experimental theatre to Gippslanders’ front doors.

The Waiting Room in action. Supplied: Taken by Paul Dunn.

Receiving an abundance of acclamation, critics describe The Waiting Room as a live embodiment of fractal art and a complete night at the theatre.

Who said you had to drive three hours to Melbourne and back to experience the transformative world of performing arts.

Having grown up in the country herself, Born in a Taxi co-artistic director Carolyn Hanna is well acquainted with the limited range of performing art experiences available to regional communities.

Ms Hanna is thrilled to be performing The Waiting Room in Lakes Entrance alongside Penny Baron, Nick Papas, Carolyn Hanna, Sally Smith, and Josiah Lulham.

With music from master musician Michael Havir, The Waiting Room offers Gippslanders an experience like no other.

“Born in a Taxi theatre company has been running for 30 years,” Ms Hanna said.

“The first version of The Waiting Room was performed in 2008, winning awards at Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2010, La Mama and World Theatre Festival Powerhouse Brisbane in 2011 and Big West Festival Substation in 2013.

“We went from seven performers working in this tiny little theatre to doing shows in this cavernous venues.

“We are so excited to bring The Waiting Room to Gippsland, our show is really like no other.”

“With no set narrative, performers and the audience create a performance together as we lay gently an invitation to participate throughout the show.

“The Waiting Room caters for everybody, whether you want to be an observer or participant, and over the time of the performance, we transform what begins as a room full of strangers into a mini-community.”

The Waiting Room is staged by the renowned theatre group Born in a Taxi.

Born in a Taxi artists have extensive experience engaging with individuals and audiences, having travelled the world with the participatory theatre.

The Waiting Room throws caution into the wind in a unique, unrepeatable improvisation in which the audience are co-creators.

“Expect the unexpected,” co-artistic director Carolyn Hanna said.

“Expect anticipation, expect mischief and playfulness and also a bit of awkwardness.”

“Despite having no narrative, the work does build into a climax, which I won’t say because it will spoil it, but no one sees it coming. It is a very surprising end.”

Running on the second weekend of the school holidays, The Waiting Room offers the perfect solution to get the kids away from their screens and into the real world.

The Waiting Room in action. Photos: Contributed

For all the thespians out there, you won’t want to miss your chance to witness seven of Melbourne’s most experienced physical theatre performers and improvisers prove why they are masters of exceptional ensemble theatre and idiosyncratic dance.

Maybe you want to change date night as the regulatory burger and beer dinner has become tiresome.

The Waiting Room really does have something for everyone.

With the curtains open at 7.30 pm on July 1 and 2, now is the time to book your tickets to Born in a Taxi’s production, The Waiting Room.

But where do I get a ticket, you ask? Just click here.

Alternatively, you can access the booking site via the East Gippsland Winter Festival Program.