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fortyfivedownstairs fundraising raffle

6 May - 25 June

Thanks to our generous friends, neighbours, and colleagues, fortyfivedownstairs is excited to launch a fundraising raffle for our 2024 EOFY campaign. Scroll through the list of $9,000 worth of prizes below and support fortyfivedownstairs by purchasing a $30 ticket (or two or more tickets for $25 each) which will put you in the running to win any prize. There are a maximum of 1000 tickets available and if there are certain prizes you don’t wish to be eligible for, just email and let us know. Additional prizes may be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets are not tax deductible, so you can opt to make a tax deductible donation instead or add a donation when purchasing tickets.

Raffle tickets will be on sale until 4pm, Tuesday 25 June. The winners will be notified by email that evening. 

Please also have a read of our letter to donors HERE and thank-you for supporting Melbourne’s home of independent art!

fortyfivedownstairs season double pass – valued at $1,800

Double passes for any or all shows at fortyfivedownstairs for a full year! We present an average of 20 shows per year, ranging from new Australian plays, classics, and the occasional musical, opera or cabaret. There’ll be something for all your friends and family! Valid from 1 July 2024 – 30 June 2025.

La Mama season double pass – valued at $1,232

Our friends and independent theatre allies at La Mama have generously offered double passes + drink vouchers for all 14 of their Winter/Spring main season shows!

Original artwork by Robert Lee Davis – valued at $1,000 

Titled Historical References, this mixed media collage (with found objects, ink, acrylic paint, and pencil) refers to events, people, situations, or things that are considered to be a part of our history. The work (43 cm x 33 cm) is designed to be flipped around to provide a different perspective, and renowned artist Robert Lee Davis has generously offered to incorporate a personal item from the winner (a memory or photo of a special place) into the work.

Midsumma Festival VIP Pass – valued at $750

Always a great way to start the year, Midsumma has generously offered a prize pack that includes:

1 x VIP pass for Midsumma 2025
An invitation for one plus a guest to the program launch in late November this year (details TBC)
1 x double pass to a Midsumma Presents show

Theatre Works double pass for six shows – valued at $600

Following successful remounts of Theatreworks shows at fortyfivedownstairs last year – The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven by Jo Clifford and kerosene by Benjamin Nichol, we’re always excited to see what’s on at St Kilda’s hub for independent theatre!

A night at the Sofitel + tickets to a fortyfivedownstairs show – valued at $570

The ultimate date night! Enjoy a show at fortyfivedownstairs (with a complimentary bottle of wine) followed by a night’s stay at the luxurious and iconic Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Valid from 1 July – 15 December 2024.

Victorian Opera package – valued at $490

Two double passes to the upcoming performances of La Rondine and Eucalyptus at the Palais Theatre

Cumulus Inc. voucher – valued at $300

Our neighbours at Cumulus Inc. have offered a $300 voucher to enjoy the renowned restaurant’s seasonal and healthy menu, celebrating the very best in Victorian produce.

*Cumulus Inc. has also generously offered fortyfivedownstairs patrons a 10% discount when enjoying a bite before or after a show when you present your booking confirmation.

The Fermentary workshop – valued at $290

Honoured with the prestigious Melbourne Food and Wine Legend Award in the category of Food Advocacy and Producer, Sharon Flynn (founder of The Fermentary) is offering a voucher to attend one of her workshops in the art of wild fermentation and creating artisanal ferments, plus a signed copy of her book ‘Wild Drinks’.

MTC’s Cost of Living double pass – valued at $240

With heart, humour, and searing observation, Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living is an honest and insightful look at the forces that bring people together. Melbourne Theatre Company is offering a double pass to the 14 October – 19 November season, directed by Anthea Williams and featuring Oli Pizzey Stratford (Neighbours) and Mabel Li (Safe Home).

Sister Act double pass – valued at $240

Following the recent announcement that Casey Donovan and Genevieve Lemon will star in the Australian premiere of the hit musical Sister Act, Crossroads Live has offered a double pass to the Melbourne season at the Regent Theatre from November 2024.

Wild Fire Wines package – valued at $200

Wild Fire Wines is a local small winery based out of the Warburton Ranges in Victoria with a goal to create exceptional wine at a fair price. They’re kindly offering six bottles of their top end wines.

Cloud Wine package – valued at $200

Enjoy a hand selected six pack of wine featuring three white wines from around the world and three red wines that will be sure to keep you warm this winter. Cloud Wine have been proud suppliers to fortyfivedownstairs for 15 years!

Double pass – valued at $190

Malthouse Theatre is offering a double pass to any of the following shows – Macbeth (An Undoing) by Zinnie Harris, in a new version after Shakespeare (5 – 28 July), Apologia by Nicola Gunn (6 – 18 August) and F**k Christmas by Fat Fruit (27 November – 15 December)

Australian Book Review subscription – valued at $180

Enjoy ABR’s high quality arts journalism – reviews, essays, commentaries, interviews and new creative writing – with a one year print and two year online subscription.

Limelight Magazine subscription – valued at $179.89

Keep up to date with Limelight’s outstanding Australian arts coverage – reviews, news, interviews, and artist profiles – with a one year print (11 magazines) and digital subscription.

*Limelight is also offering a complimentary three-month digital subscription with the promo code 45D, giving you full access to Limelight‘s paywalled content. Offer ends 12 May.

Peter and the Starcatcher preview double pass – valued at $158

Be one of the first to experience the Australian premiere of the incredible play Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice when it opens at the Arts Centre Melbourne in November, presented by Dead Puppet Society and directed by David Morton. This prize is valid for preview performances on the 8th and 9th of November.

A signed copy of ‘Village Hearing the Grass Grow’ by Michael Coyne – valued at $150

Internationally awarded photographer Michael Coyne invites readers to share, through this book, his remarkable journey across the world. Michael’s lens has captured the reality of the people impacted by the disappearance of village life. Village Hearing the Grass Grow asks you to open your eyes and heart to the effect a changing world has wrought on traditional ways of life.

The Chocolate Box Favourites Hamper – valued at $65

An exquisite, handpicked selection of favourites!

  • Milk Raspberry Jellies 200g
  • Mini Anniversary Box 150g
  • Fruit & Nut 170g
  • Milk Sparkles 160g bag
  • Peppermint Truffle Bar 2 Pack

‘The In-Between’ by Christos Tsiolkas – valued at $32.99

A signed copy of the tender, sensual and moving new novel from Christos Tsiolkas, one of Australia’s most renowned writers, known for his award-winning and bestselling novels The SlapBarracuda, and DamascusThe In-Between was selected as one of the Best Australian Fiction titles for 2023 by Readings Books.

‘Cafe Scheherazade’ by Arnold Zable 

A signed copy of Arnold Zable’s acclaimed book that was adapted into a successful theatrical production at fortyfivedownstairs in 2011.


6 May
25 June
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