What is Top Acts?
Top Acts is an evening concert which presents up to 20 performers from the Top Class concert series in one stunning event. Works of dance, drama, theatre studies and music are blended together into a dynamic presentation.
Top Acts 2021 will take place at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Saturday 1 May 2021.
Top Acts is curated by an artistic director who carefully selects works from across the 11 Top Class concerts. Selection is based on a number of criteria, including curatorial concerns, balance and diversity, and an outstanding Top Class performance standard.
For VCE Drama, Theatre Studies, Dance and VCE VET Dance, students are invited to audition for Top Class based on their performance examination. Invitations to audition will be sent out by post in mid-December after VCE results are released.
VCE Music Performance, Music Investigation, Music Style and Composition and VCE VET Music Industry performers are selected by panels who listen to the examination performance recording of students that received a high A+ in their performance examination. For music subjects, invitations to perform in Top Class Sound and Top Class Music are sent out by post in mid-December to selected students.
Top Class performers who have been selected for Top Acts are informed by email, after all Top Class concerts have concluded.
Ticketing and venue information
Top Acts 2021 will be held at the Melbourne Recital Centre at 7.30pm Saturday 1 May 2021. Tickets are available on the Melbourne Recital Centre website.
Public transport near the Melbourne Recital Centre
The Melbourne Recital Centre is located on the corner of Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street in Southbank in the heart of Melbourne's Arts precinct.
Flinders St Railway Station
Flinders St Railway Station is approximately a 10 minute walk from the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Swanston St/St Kilda Rd trams
The nearest tram stop is Stop 17 on the number 1 tram, located directly in front of the Centre on the corner of Sturt St and Southbank Boulevard.
Alternatively you can alight at Stop 16, in front of the National Gallery of Victoria. Melbourne Recital Centre is a short walk down Southbank Boulevard (approximately 200 metres). This stop is serviced by routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, 72.
Melbourne Bus Link operates three routes along Southbank Boulevard: Route 216, 219 and 220.
The Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle runs in a loop through Melbourne’s
CBD every 15 minutes, and stops at the corner of Southbank Blvd and Kavanagh Street (Stop 10). An all-day ticket for the Shuttle costs $5 and children under 10 years can travel free.
The Melbourne Recital Centre has wheelchair access.
Large Print PDF versions of the Top Class programs will be available once the program is finalised, usually approximately one week before each concert. These can be enlarged to suit your visibility requirements. Please print out a copy before you attend the concert. Also you can choose the Read Aloud software option to convert the text into spoken word, to hear a description of the concert before you attend. Please email
email@example.com to request the program.
When booking tickets through the Melbourne Recital box office you can request seats for good visibility at the concert hall. Guide dogs and other registered assistance dogs are welcome at the MRC.
The Melbourne Recital Centre theatres are fitted with assistance hearing devices. When booking tickets through the Melbourne Recital box office you can request seats for good visibility at the concert hall if you need to lip read. All performances and talks are amplified.
For further detailed information about venue accessibility at the Melbourne Recital Centre visit the
Melbourne Recital Centre Access webpage.
Top Acts: Focus On... documentaries
Top Acts: Focus On… documentaries explore the artistic development and processes of former VCE performing arts students selected for Top Acts. The short films are produced by a Top Screen filmmaker and include footage of student performances, as well as interviews with the performers, their teachers, VCAA staff and the Top Acts artistic director.
Each year, Top Screen filmmakers are invited to apply to for this valuable paid professional development opportunity, where they are required to respond to a professional brief. The results are always impressive and provide incredible insight into the drive, talent and hard work of VCE performing arts students.
Top Acts: Focus On… Music (2018)
TheTop Acts: Focus On... Music series below was directed and produced by Top Screen 2018 filmmaker Jenna Tang. The series explores music composition in VCE, following the journey and performances of three former VCE music students.
Top Acts: Focus On… Theatre Studies (2017)
Focus On… Theatre Studies series was produced by Top Screen 2017 filmmakers Tom Hughes, Neha Shenvi and Shanon McKenzie as part of the VCE Season of Excellence 2017.
Broderick McDonald, Top Acts 2017
Swinburne Senior Secondary College
Children of the Black Skirt
By Angela Betzien
Candice Farrugia-Roberts, Top Acts 2017
Mount Lilydale Mercy College
By A. R. Gurney
Duration: 10 minutes 27 seconds
Flynn Smeaton, Top Acts 2017
St Michael's Grammar School
A Midsummer Night's Dream
By William Shakespeare
Duration: 10 minutes 28 seconds
Top Acts: Focus On… Drama (2016)
Top Acts: Focus on … Drama series was produced by Top Screen 2016 filmmaker Bridget Webster as part of the VCE Season of Excellence 2016.
James Crozier, Top Acts 2016
St Michael’s Grammar School
Duration: 14 minutes 40 seconds
Connor O'Neill, Top Acts 2016
Duration: 13 minutes 12 seconds
Sunny Youngsmith, Top Acts 2016
Melbourne Girls’ College
Duration: 13 minutes 8 seconds
Top Acts: Focus On… Music (2014)
Top Acts: Focus On… Music looks at James Beagley’s original composition that was selected for Top Acts 2014 after his performance in Top Class Sound. The film includes tips and insights for VCE Music Style and Composition teachers and students from the VCAA Performing Arts Curriculum Manager and was made by Top Screen 2014 filmmaker Riley Muscat.
James Beagley, Top Acts 2014
VCE Music Style and Composition
Bendigo Senior Secondary College
Song for a Cat
Duration: 9 minutes 17 seconds
Top Acts: Focus On… Dance (2015)
Top Acts: Focus On… Dance is a series of three films that follow the dancers selected for Top Acts 2015. The films include tips and ideas for VCE Dance and VCE VET Dance teachers and students, interviews with the VCAA Performing Arts Curriculum Manager, and Dance and VCE VET Dance Chief Assessors.
This wonderful resource made by Top Screen 2015 filmmaker Anna Diacos is available as a free DVD for Victorian schools that offer these subjects. Email Student Events to request your copy (one per school):
Louise Brooker, Top Acts 2015
VCE Dance – Technique
Distance Education Centre Victoria
Sarah Kassing, Top Acts 2015
VCE VET Dance
Eltham High School/ Bev Palmer Performing Arts
Jazz – Le Jazz Hot
Ryland Lack-Powell, Top Acts 2015
VCE Dance - Composition
Composition Solo – Brothers in Arms