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Poetic License

20 June, 2017 - 24 June, 2017

Outer Urban Projects

20 June – 24 June 2017
opening night: Wednesday 21 June
11am performances, 75 minutes with Q&A after the show
7pm performances, 120 minutes including interval and performance by The haBiBis
Tuesday 11am
Wednesday to Friday 11am & 7pm
Saturday 7pm
ticket price: $12 – $35
03 9662 9966

book online

‘Disparate and often unheard voices… that speak eloquently to a sophisticated Melbourne theatre audience…’ Melbourne. Arts. Fashion.

Ebony MonCrief

Grace Vanilau

Kevin Nugara

Mahmoud Samoun & Ileini Kabalan

Ileini Kabalan

Kevin Nugara

The HaBiBis

Kevin Nugara, Dante Sofra, Mahmoud Babz Samoun

Sold out performances will have a tickets available at the door from 30 minutes prior to the show – these can be purchased on a first-come, first served basis with cash only. Have a back up plan just in case, but we’ll do our utmost to fit anyone in that makes the effort to turn up!

Once upon a time a God believed that he could save an ancient city from ruin by bringing a dead poet back to life. And now the need has again arisen – Our world, our city, our neighbourhood – is in need of poetry and a great poet to save it. A leader, an inspirer, an orator.

A unique theatrical take on Aristophanes’ ancient Greek masterpiece ‘The Frogs’, Irine Vela has assembled an impressive array of performers and musicians to reveal the power and limitations of words and to wrangle the timeless question – Can the spoken word move and inspire. Can it change anything?

Following its sell out debut season in Melbourne Writers Festival (2014).  Poetic License returns with the talents of Rod Quantock, Grace Vanilau, Ileini KabalanKoraly Dimitriadis, Maryanne Sam, Piri Altraide, Genevieve Fry (solo harp), Kevin Nugara aka Spitfire, Dante Sofra and musicians Mulaim Vela and Pascal Latra.

The evening performances include a double bill with  Aria Award winners ‘The HaBiBis’ with Irine Vela, Pascal Latra and Muliam Vela playing traditional and contemporary music from Greece, Anatolia, Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean.


11am performances are followed by a Q&A.

Click here for a preview of the Poetic License performance


Poets, Performers and Musicians
Irine Vela – Director
Rod Quantock
Dante Sofra
Grace Vanilau
Ileini Kabalan
Irine Vela
Kevin Nugara | Spitfire
Koraly Dimitriadis
Mulaim Vela
Genevieve Fry – Solo Harp
Pacalia Latra
Piri Altraide
Maryanne Sam
Milad Norouzi
Maryanne Lynch – Consultant Dramaturg
Amanda Clarke – Costume Designer
Gina Gascoigne – Lighting Designer

The HaBiBIs:
Mulaim Vela
Irine Vela
Pacalia Latra

Ticket Prices:

Full: $35,
Concession: $25,
Student Group 10+: $12 phone bookings only

For school group inquiries please contact the venue on (03) 9662 9966 or
David from Outer Urban Projects on (03) 9350 6517 / 0424 100 895



Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members

Please note:
11am performances are followed by a Q&A | The haBiBis will perform during the 7pm shows only


20 June, 2017
24 June, 2017
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45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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