Theatre & Film

The Art Society is proud of its Upstairs Playhouse that opened in May 2018 and has a seating capacity for 100 guests. Plays and concerts are held regularly in the theatre with the facilities being available for hire. A recent addition is the movie cinema that promises, through the MDHAS Film Club, to encourage interest in film as an art form.



In 2020 the coronavirus pandemic played havoc with our plans for monthly movie screenings upstairs in the Playhouse. But finally, and only 11 months behind our original schedule, we are excited to announce that the first ‘Films @ The Playhouse’ evening will be on Friday 12 February. We will have more details for you very soon! Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. Drinks available (donation). Bring your own picnic tea. This is a MDHAS ‘members only’ event.





 ... to the Playhouse ....... . . .  .   .

Friday April 9 2021

6.00 pm for 6.30 pm screening

RSVP essential by Wednesday 7 April to

2 hr 13 minutes with sub-titles

AS IT IS IN HEAVEN is a wonderful Swedish musical film directed by Kay Pollak and starring Michael Nyqvist and Frida Hallgren. It was a box office hit in Sweden and several other countries and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Hollywood 77th Academy Awards.


Daniel Daréus (Michael Nyqvist) is a successful and renowned international conductor whose life aspiration is to create music that will open people's hearts. His own heart, however, is in bad shape. After suffering a heart attack on stage at the end of a performance, he retires indefinitely to Norrland in the far north of Sweden, to the village where he endured a terrible childhood of bullying. Daniel buys the old elementary school in the village, and soon after is asked to come along one Thursday night and listen to the local choir. He is only asked to listen, and maybe offer some helpful advice, but their intentions of persuading him to help are obvious. He eventually agrees to help, albeit reluctantly. Daniel approaches the parish minister to help the choir grow and rediscovers along the way his own joy in music while changing the lives of all in the choir.

This will be a COVID compliant and members only event. All attending will be required to sign in with details. Under the Federation of Victorian Film Societies rules members can bring one guest.

AS IT IS IN HEAVEN is provided courtesy of Amalagamated Movies.

Drinks available (donation). Bring your own food.


CINEMA Paradiso

a 1988 Italian drama film written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore

New films will be shown regularly

6.00 pm for 6.30 screening


The MDHAS Players present


A play by

Joanna Murray-Smith

Directed by

Wendy Stephens

   May 2019

17, 18 & 24, 25



Janet Tweedie

Wendy Stephens

Treena Costin

Leigh Laing

Wendy McKay-Taylor

Sarah Lockwood

Musical Director

Sandra Williams