Spectacular Drive-In Theater Show | Melton & Moorabool

By Olivia Condous

A dynamic sound and light show is coming to the west next weekend, with an unusual twist.

The Fire Garden is a drive-in theater show, where residents park and tune their car stereos to hear show audio while enjoying music, lights, sounds, and stories.

The show focuses on Aboriginal creation stories, with Wamba Wamba man Uncle Ron Murray as the evening’s storyteller.

The performance will also include pyrotechnics, giant puppets and projections to represent the animals and spirits from the stories, as well as a final fireworks display.

The show’s producers are The Village Festival, a traveling arts festival that champions regional artists.

The production has partnered with Vitae Veritas to provide an accessible experience for audience members who are deaf, blind or visually impaired with audio description, tactile tours and AUSLAN interpretation.

The drive-in show is also designed to be COVID-Safe, providing audience members with the ability to isolate from each other in their cars.

Village Festival Artistic Director Suzanne Kalk said the show’s story was beautiful on its own, but made even more stunning by the visual effects.

“It’s a show that brings together all the beautiful elements, but the story itself is beautiful,” she said.

“The special effects and fireworks are very spectacular…and amazing animations and projections on sculptures, puppets with giant puppets which are also very spectacular.”

“It’s a show not to be missed.”

The Fire Garden will be played for one night only at Truganina on July 30.

Details: events.humanitix.com/the-fire-garden-or-melton