Founded in Geelong, Medimime Productions Incorporated, an amateur theatrical group with a difference started up in 1974. Medimime was formed by staff from the Geelong Hospital. Originally, the annual productions were presented at the Plaza Theatre, but in 1981, Medimime’s production of Mother Goose opened the newly developed Ford Theatre at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre. Medimime follows the tradition of English hospitals, when an annual Christmas pantomime is presented by hospital and allied health staff, with friends and family filling in the spare roles. The theatre company also provides a social basis for staff to mingle and raise funds for the hospital, and improve ties between the hospital and the community.
Pantomimes staged in recent years include Aladdin, The Grinch, Sleeping Beauty, Sinbad the Sailor, Cinderella and Snow White & The 7 Dwarfs to name a few. The 43 pantomimes staged over the last 45 years have provided wonderful entertainment for the greater Geelong community and since its conception, Medimime has raised more than $500,000, with all proceeds from Medimime’s annual productions going to Barwon Health to fund new equipment and purchases.
Gerald Hayward (dec), Ron Cross, Janice Clissold, Kath Blacklock (dec), Garth Birdsey, Doremy Bagshaw, Liz Lester, Belinda Hynes, Ken Hemmens (dec), Leonie Joynson, Joanna MacCarthy, Tina Johnston, Linda Menzel, Deanne Elliott and Peter Callan.
Current Medimime Committee
President: Scott Graham
Vice President: Leonie Joynson
Treasurer: Tina Johnston
Secretary: Bart Abbas
General Committee Members: Erin Bloye, Seamus Kennedy, Daniel Grocott, Jenna Irvin and Paige van der Chys.