Home Grown

Musical theatre by Australian writers

A place to experience the best and newest material written by the Australian industry's own music theatre writers.

Hedger & Nicholson



 After graduating form WAAPA (BA Music Theatre) in 2013, Ben made his Melbourne Theare debut in Matthew Lee Robinson's acclaimed "Atlantis - In Concert" [dir Chris Parker] followed by "Playground", both at Chapel Off Chapel in February 2014. In October that year, Ben played the role of Stokes in Carrie: The Musical [dir. Terence O'Connell] and in November Ben read the role of Bert in the Adelaide Festival Centre reading of Lane Hinchcliffe's The Front. Ben was the Assistant Director on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival production of Avenue Q. 



After graduating from WAAPA (BA Music Theatre) in 2012, Nick made his professional debut performing in The Production Company's "Pirates of Penzance" in October 2013. In July 2013 Nick wrote and performed his one man cabaret, "Crap I Found in my Room" at the Butterfly Club. Since then Nick has featured in the workshops/readings of Air Supply musical, "All Out of Love", "Hook Up" at the Melbourne Fringe, in "Playground" at Chapel Off Chapel, and as part of Chapel Off Chapel's 20th Anniversary Celebrations in 2015.

Hedger & Nicholson is equal parts Nick Hedger and Ben Nicholson who write their music, lyrics and book together. The pair started Home Grown in 2014 to give their fellow writers the opportunity to get their work heard, seen and developed.

“Worth the Breath: An evening with Hedger & Nicholson” featured as part of the Chapel Off Chapel 20th Anniversary celebrations. Their first piece, “Hook Up”, openedas part of the 2014 Melbourne Fringe and was accepted as part of the 2015 New Musicals Australia program at the Hayes Theatre Co in Sydney. It was also performed at the National Theatre by Patrick Studios Australia Music Theatre in July 2015, where Ben and Nick teach in the Performing Arts Academy and the Music Theatre Certificate. The pair continue to work on their developing musicals and are proud to have seven of their original songs selected to be apart of the A.M.E.B Music Theatre Syllabus.