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7 November, 2014 - 30 November, 2014

fortyfivedownstairs presents


7 – 30 November 2014

★★★★ 1/2 ‘…a romance of simplicity and much tenderness’
Australian Book Review


7 – 30 November 2014

preview: Thursday 6 November
opening night: Friday 7 November
Tuesday to Saturday 8pm
Sunday 4pm
ticket price: $35 – $45

We’re proud to announce the Australian premiere production of Dreamers, written by Daniel Keene and directed by Ariette Taylor.

Dreamers deals with questions at the heart of contemporary life – the struggle against intolerance, the fear of difference and a love that is perceived as inappropriate. The work explores a young man’s experience trying to establish himself in a new country, amid growing fear and animosity as he begins a relationship with an older woman who is also familiar with isolation and loneliness.

We’re thrilled to bring together this extraordinary creative team for the first time in over a decade. They previously collaborated in the highly successful and ground breaking Keene Taylor Theatre Project which ran from 1997 until 2002. Together they presented seventeen seasons of works, a total of 47 productions, including full length and short plays. Dreamers will build upon this extraordinary collaboration, whilst producing a play with searing contemporary relevance.

The cast of eight includes four members of the original Keene Taylor Theatre Project:
Helen MorsePaul EnglishMarco Chiappi and Jonathan Taylor.

Joining them are Nicholas BellBrigid GallacherNatasha Herbert and Yomal Rajasinghe.

Ticket Prices:

Preview: $35
Seniors: $42.50
Concession: $35


Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members


★★★★ 1/2
‘a romance of simplicity and much tenderness’
Andrew Fuhrmann, Australian Book Review

‘It’s a mighty cast, with Morse’s delicate performance as the set piece.
Rebecca Harkins-Cross, The Age

‘Keene and Taylor have once again successfully challenged our world view and criticised our social norms, conventions and rigid social boundaries in Dreamers.’
Kate Herbert, Herald Sun

‘Dreamers is a perfect example of strong writing, acting, and directing coming together to create a highly memorable theatrical experience for its audience.’
Myron My, Theatre Press

‘impeccable cast’
Anne-Marie Peard, Aussie Theatre

‘…utterly convincing, deeply moving performance (by) Helen Morse’
Marysia Green, 3MBS

Harry Hughes, The Music

‘Dreamers is a great show for thinking audiences, and for promoting Australian theatre talents in the wonderful, atmospheric independent theatre space of fortyfivedownstairs.’
Cheryl Threadgold, Melbourne Observer

‘wonderful, heart rending performances…one of 2014’s best performances’
Audience member

‘five of us saw this magnificent play,  my sister said it was the best she had ever seen…’
Audience member


7 November, 2014
30 November, 2014
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