Until the middle of the twentieth century, the building at 45 Flinders Lane housed the industrial equipment and cloth bales of the rag trade. In 2002, Mary Lou Jelbart AM and Julian Burnside AO QC took over the lower ground floor and founded fortyfivedownstairs with a vision for it to become a unique curated space for both live performance and visual art.
For the first five years, exhibitions and theatre productions alternated in the space now known as the gallery. In 2007, following a successful first five years, fortyfivedownstairs expanded and took over the derelict basement to create a dedicated performance space. Here are just 45 of the numerous theatrical highlights presented at fortyfivedownstairs over the years.