Theatre afternoon Saturday 18 August - Scaramouche Jones

For all you theatre buffs, we invite you to join us at the Arts Centre for the production of British playwright Justin Butcher’s extraordinary one-man play, Scaramouche Jones starring acclaimed theatre, film and television actor Colin Friels.

First performed by celebrated English actor, the late Pete Postlethwaite in 2001, Scaramouche Jones broke box-office records in the UK and toured internationally. This brand new production features Colin Friels in his first solo theatre performance, and reunites him with influential film and theatre director Alkinos Tsilimidos, following their award-winning collaboration on 2012’s Red.

Butcher’s poignant tale begins as an ancient clown stops to reflect on the extraordinary fortunes of his life; orphaned on the wharfs in Trinidad, apprenticed to a travelling snake charmer and drawn into tragic circumstances as a gravedigger at Auschwitz. In turn, Scaramouche Jones explores some of the darkest episodes of the 20th Century and the universal themes of loneliness and family, albeit laced with the consummate wit of the circus clown.

In this challenging role, performed in Arts Centre Melbourne’s most intimate theatre, Colin Friels strips away the comic masks of Scaramouche Jones to deliver a performance that is curious, comic, epic, tragic and totally unmissable.

Director Alkinos Tsilimidos is the son of Tasia and Spiros Tsilimidos and grandson of Alkinos Paizis a former president of the Ithacan Philanthropic Society.  Alkinos has been described as one of Australia’s most important contemporary film directors. His début feature film, Everynight… Everynight (1994) was awarded Best First Film (Prix D’Montreal) at the Montreal World Film Festival and was in Official Selection at the Venice International Film Festival.

His second feature, Silent Partner (2001) was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the AFI and Film Critics Circle Awards and was in Official Selection at Toronto, Montreal, Newport, Athens, Singapore and Bangkok film festivals. In 2004 his film Tom White received thirty-one Australian feature film award nominations. Alkinos made his theatrical debut with John Logan’s Red for the Melbourne Theatre Company in 2012.


The Ithacan Philanthropic Society has purchased a number of A Reserve seats. To secure your seat, contact Anna Vlass 0439 317 384 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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Date: Saturday 18 August
Matinee session at 2pm

Venue: Fairfax Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road

Cost: $60 a ticket