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Milk and Blood

15 August - 1 September

fortyfivedownstairs presents

Milk and Blood by Benjamin Nichol

15 August – 1 September 2024

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15 August – 1 September 2024

preview: Thursday 15 August
opening night: Friday 16 August
duration: Milk (60 minutes) and Blood (60 minutes) w a 20 minute interval in between
Tuesday to Saturday 7:00pm
Sunday 4pm
ticket price: $35 – $49
bookings: 03 9662 9966

warnings: Strong language, drug use, graphic descriptions of sex and sexual violence, references to self harm

Following the success of multi-award-winning productions kerosene and SIRENS, Milk and Blood make up the next two works in Nichol’s anthology series exploring love and loneliness across Australia. Written for and performed by Brigid Gallacher (In The Club, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom) and Charles Pucell (Apokalypsis, The Inheritance), Milk and Blood both present unflinching examinations into violence and desire, shame and self sabotage, the status of the ageing body, and the power of redemption.

Milk tells the story of Mummy, a young mother whose unconditional love for her incarcerated son, Boy, has led her to staunchly defend his violent sexual crimes. Through monthly visits to Boy, Mummy meditates on redemption, motherhood and accountability. While her faith is tested, her love for him endures.

Blood tells the story of Daddy, an experienced sex worker and professional Dom who has devoted his life to caring for, teaching, and protecting the queer community. After suffering a violent assault from a gang of teenage boys, Daddy develops an unfamiliar attraction to danger that begins to radically redefine his relationship to pleasure, attraction, strength, and masculinity.

Images by Jack Dixon-Gunn

Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation 

Writer and Co-Director: Benjamin Nichol

Performer and Co-Director (Milk), Dramaturg (Blood): Brigid Gallacher

Performer and Co-Director (Blood), Dramaturg (Milk): Charles Purcell

Sound Designer: Connor Ross

Additional Dramaturgy: Izabella Yena

Ticket Prices:

Preview: $35
Concession: $39
Group 6+: $39


Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members

Ticket sales are subject to a booking fee of $2.00 per ticket plus any merchant charges for payments by American Express


15 August
1 September
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fortyfivedownstairs theatre
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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