About Geelong’s
Drop Of A Hat Productions

We’re our region's premier live entertainment company. Founded by writer Colin Mockett and musician Shirley Power in the mid 1990s, and with links throughout Geelong’s performance companies,  Drop Of A Hat is capable of staging the widest spectrum of entertainment, from concerts to plays, documentaries to musicals; re-enactments to comedy shows;  classical concerts to rock & roll nights. 
Our company can provide speakers for meetings, historical colour for occasions, music for ambience, local information delivered with wit and style for  conventions or costumed period entertainment for a theme night.

We can, and do,  provide leaders for walking groups on interest-packed tours of Geelong's built history, or step-in guides to highlight the best of our city to bus tourists and cruise-liner passengers.
We can even provide sensitive singers or live musicians for funerals.
Drop Of A Hat holds some enviable records - and some unusual ones. too.

We organised the region's biggest-ever concert involving more than 600 performers drawn from every Geelong entertainment group as a free outdoor waterfront bonanza to celebrate Australia's Centenary of Federation.

We've created the most original musical shows for the City's Morning Showtime series - more than 50 new shows over nine years.
We're the only local company to regularly sell-out the region’s prestige theatre - 1,400 seat Costa Hall - and we even hold the record for the most audience members taken to hospital during a single show. That was a full-house comedy show at the Costa, The Englishman, Irishman and Friends, when the audience laughed so much we needed to stop the show four times to allow ambulances to cart off audience members. Luckily, everyone survived and recovered...

But our company's stock-in trade is a list of highly mobile original musical shows that are able to be staged at short notice in local halls. They're all written and produced by by Colin, musically directed by Shirley - and they employ the finest talents in our region. The shows all have the same qualities...

    They'll  feature fine quality live music.

    They are usually happy, fun and informative

    They are frequently backed by projected  images

    They always promote Geelong and its performers and

    They're never smutty or use blue language

Behind the Drop Of A Hat success are Shirley and Colin's links with most of the region's entertainment, music and theatre companies. They can draw upon the resources of a stunning range of performers. So our company was able to bring together the Three Geelong Tenors for a big glittering concert - then create the Geelong Philharmonic Orchestra to back them.  This show earned a standing ovation from a packed Costa Hall and spawned a whole series of top-class Concerts Of The Decade to open successive Geelong Seniors Festivals. These concerts - named because they featured music from every decade - starred super soloists including Three Geelong Divas - again brought together by Drop Of A Hat. Then again, we put together a super-group of Geelong musicians to present a whole evening of Beatles music and they earned a great reception, too.

Some of the big occasions created by Drop Of A Hat include Geelong's stunningly successful celebration for Australia's Centenary of Federation. This involved every entertainment group in Geelong along with our politicians and councillors - some 600 people in all. The day started as a costumed re-creation of the original ceremony in Johnstone P
ark, complete with original speeches and hymns led by a costumed pith-helmeted brass band (left). This was the Geelong West Brass Band,resplendent in specially-created period costumes. Following the re-enactment,  the band led a procession through the streets to Geelong's waterfront, where an all-day free concert was staged featuring every one of the city's entertainment groups. It was a measure of this day's success that the rapt crowds remained during an unusual pelting storm of warm rain.                     

Drop Of A Hat has provided memorable entertainment and costumed characters for, among others;  GMHBA's 75th birthday celebration (a wonderfully authentic 1930s dinner and ball)
Matthew Flinders School's 150th Celebration Geelong Council's 150th anniversary, Geelong Chamber Of Commerce's anniversary, St Leonards Centenary, two National Servicemen's Conventions, Probus Club's National Convention, Rotary Clubs Convention, VIEW Clubs National Convention, 150th Anniversary of Geelong Highland Gathering, 75th Anniversary of the Great Ocean Road, the Victorian element of the National Bonnet Blessing ceremony, Murder Mystery events for Big 4 and Otway Tourism staff  and many, many more. 

We're awarded...

Among our many awards, in September 2008 Drop Of A Hat Productions was recognised by the Federal Government for its contribution to the benefits of senior Australians. Specifically, the award was for producing Geelong's Concert Of the Decade series, the big Costa Hall variety concert that has opened every Geelong Seniors Festival since 2001.
The big show has  gained, on the way, the reputation as 'Geelong's best concert'. The concert series always features the cream of Geelong entertainers bringing fun and music from every decade of the 20th Century. Concerts Of the Decade have  also been staged for the Geelong Mayoress' charity appeal as a Gala Day fundraiser and to celebrate the Commonwealth Games.

At the happy award ceremony pictured left on the Geelong Waterfront are, from left, Colin Mockett,  Bryan Eaton, Wendy Galloway, Robert Trott, Shirley Power,  Geoff Sinnbeck and Federal Member Richard Marles MP.

Drop Of A Hat's live-on-stage shows include:

Coppin The Great

Which tells the life of the father of Australian theatre in dialogue, song and images.

Rock & A Hard Place

which draws a parallel between the times when Australia was Britain’s nuclear test area and the advent of rock & roll in our nation.

Geelong's Grumpy Old Men - Live On Stage

presents Colin with Robert Trott and Bryan Eaton with grumpy old man-handler Shirley Power presenting home  truths in the happiest and most tuneful of ways.

Back to the 30s with Gracie, Albert & The Lion

the story of Gracie Fields - most popular woman in the world until she married an Italian as WWII broke out - and her life is contrasted with that of Marriott Edgar , who shunned publicity but wrote those super Albert & Lion monologues.

The Grand Ole Opry Show

the Drop Of A Hatband - comprising some of the region’s best musicians - recreate the good ol’ songs, music - and monologues of Tennessee’s Original Grand Ol’ Opry, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline et al...

Hit The Road, Digger -
the story of building The Great Ocean Road

is really the story of one man, Howard Hitchcock - and how he virtually single-handedly built Victoria’s iconic road. This show includes narration, images - and the music of  the 1920s and 30s.

The World's Best Comedians Are Celts

following the internet poll that found four Celts - Chic Murray, Billy Connolly, Spike Milligan and Dave Allen in the world's top 5 funny men, this show profiles each, their lives, humour - and music

Archibald's Legacy

the story of J F Archibald, the larrikin anti-establishment journalist from Geelong who founded Australia's first national publication - The Bulletin - and with it, fashioned our nation's image.

The Authentic Old Time Music Hall

a musical step back in time using a rich choice of Geelong performers dressed in wonderful finery presenting the hits of the London music halls in the happiest of atmospheres.

The Bard - Bared!

a musical biography of Scotland's Bard Robert Burns, his loves and lovers. This show was centrepiece to Victorian Robert Burns Club's Burns Bicentennial celebration dinner.

'Tis The Last Rose Of Summer

a fascinating musical biography of Ireland's own  Bard, Thomas Moore, and his loves and life. This show tells the story of the man who wrote 'Tis The Last Rose Of Summer', 'The Minstrel Boy' and many more.

That Thing You Do On Australia

this show, presented by Shirley & Colin, tells the story of Australia in exactly 60 minutes. This includes songs, images and on-stage costume changes. It's among the most popular shows, having had a number of different titles - but it's usually booked by people asking... "Can you do that show, you know... that thing you do on Australia..."

Decade By Decade

another two-hander from Shirley & Colin, this show examines the past 100 years,   decade by decade, featuring the fashions, fads, fantasies - and music of each era.

Pivot City - the story of Geelong

Originally showcased at the National Folk Festival in Canberra when Victoria was the feature state, this musical show explores Geelong's rich history in a smooth mix of narration, music and images.

The Bush Balladeers

presents live-on-stage profiles of  Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson and the other balladeers - featuring a swag that have been put to music.

Outback & In Tune

produced for The Year of the Outback, this hit show features the songs, poems, yarns and humour of the Australian bush.

The Victorian Boo-Hiss Melodrama

set in authentic Queenscliffe at the turn of the 20th Century, this period musical has the lot - devious villain pursuing heroine's virtue, heroic deeds, pathos - and the wonderful music of the times.

The Way We Were

the happiest of nostalgic jaunts down memory lane featuring  images of Geelong from the 1930s to the 1980s - and linking them to the hits of the times.

Country Roads Take Me Home  - The John Denver Story

featuring Geelong's Geoff Sinnbeck, the show tells the life, loves, tragedies and triumphs of the now legendary singer/songwriter.

..and that’s only some of our shows.

For more details any of  Drop Of A Hat’s  Productions

please contact Colin Mockett  on mockett1@bigpond.com

phone  (61) 03 5278 3768

or... Just click here.