LIVE theatre will return to Wodonga within weeks for the first time since mid-year owing to the global pandemic.
HotHouse Theatre will present Tale of Two Harpies at the Butter Factory Theatre on December 10 and 11.
It will be the first show since Breaking The Castle during July.
HotHouse Theatre artistic director and chief executive Karla Conway welcomed the return of live theatre after a challenging year for the arts sector.
She said Tale of Two Harpies was a new physical theatre show by Emilie Bloom and Nicci Wilks.
"It's exciting to come back with a light-hearted comedy from two of the best clowns in the country," she said.
"It's been described as like someone poured black paint over a Dr Seuss book.
"It's apt that the first show back is from independent artists; we've seen the devastation the pandemic has had on independent artists and it's deeply satisfying that this show is by freelance artists.
"Nicci is one of the most prolific clown performers in the country and she's from Albury even though she's based in Melbourne now."
A CELSIUS co-production with Borderville, Tale of Two Harpies is a wicked yarn, a dark comedy about two displaced characters on the run.
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Ms Conway said in accordance with health advice the house capacity would be 75 per cent, patrons needed to be double vaccinated and wear masks.
"The 75 per cent capacity is a definite improvement for us from the 50 per cent capacity for Breaking The Castle," she said.
Ms Conway said auditions would take place next month for I've Been Meaning To Ask You, which would run at the Butter Factory Theatre from January 25 to 29.
Created by The Good Room, Border youth will seek answers to questions from the adults.
"Young people aged 9 to 13 will perform in this professional show on the main stage," she said.
Ms Conway said next year marked HotHouse Theatre's 25th anniversary.
"It will be a huge year with a really exciting program."
Tickets for Tale of Two Harpies and I've Been Meaning To Ask You are on sale at hothousetheatre.com.
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