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The Rapture

29 June, 2017 - 16 July, 2017

Finucane & Smith

29 June – 16 July 2017
duration: 80 mins, without an interval
opening night: Saturday 1 July
Wednesday to Saturday 7pm
Saturday 8 & 15 July 9.30pm
Sunday 5.30pm
ticket price: $25 – $98
03 9662 9966
Please Note: performance contains haze and nudity

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Finucane is fantastic…beautifully crafted and kaleidoscopic  The Age

Moira Finucane, one of the world’s greatest performance chameleons, debuts her major new work, The Rapture; a transcendent emporium of gothic-erotic dreams, rock ‘n’roll angels, literary genius, soul-searing music, and total art. You’ll step into an underground treasure lair dripping with visual art relics, an otherworldly choir, and skin-shedding tales to witness the ultimate showdown – art vs extinction – who will win in the race to the end of the world?

The Rapture is immersed in a visual and aural landscape created by internationally renowned sculptors William Eicholtz & Catherine Lane; visual artists from Arts Projects Australia; sonic genius Shinjuku Thief and a catacomb choir of beyond-genre voices: from heavenly voiced counter-tenor diva Mama Alto, smoky chanteuse Clare St Clare and 82-year-old heartbreaking songbird Shirley Cattunar.

Finucane & Smith Unlimited are globally acclaimed for their all-encompassing entertainments. In the last 5 years, they’ve repeatedly become an Australian first; taking their cult-hit works – from drama to cabaret – to major festivals worldwide. The Rapture is no exception, mixing the erotic and the gothic, the hysterical and the apocalyptic, the sacred and the profane, all with table seating, and drinks at the bar.

★★★★★ ‘Finucane is ‘the original’ of our time. The Rapture challenges ignorance, caresses the innocent foreheads of all children and ignites the healing of humanity.’  Theatrepeople

★★★★ The Rapture ‘…dances across a fine line between the ecstasy of hope and the tragedy of disillusionment.’ The Age

‘It’s a strange and darkly beautiful creation that you won’t quickly forget.’ Australian Stage

Please note:
performance contains haze and nudity

The Age Spectrum article

Writer and Performer: Moira Finucane
The Choir: Mama Alto, Clare St Clare, Shirley Cattunar & Miss Chief on the keys
Directors: Moira Finucane with Jackie Smith
Dramaturgy: Nicholas Dorward
Composers: Darrin Verhagen & Ben Keene
Visual Artists: sculptors William Eicholtz & Catherine Lane & the artists of Arts Project Australia
Couturiers: Gun Shy, Anastasia La Fey, Keon Couture
Lighting Design: Simon Hardy.

About Finucane & Smith

Finucane & Smith are an Australian based performance company globally acclaimed for their complex and visually intricate productions, from cabaret to drama, to richly-detailed immersive carnivals and gallery installations. They have won critical acclaim in 13 languages and in 15 theatre awards including The Patrick White Playwright Award, 7 Green Room Awards, the 2015 International Theatre Institute’s CHAMACO Award for International Presentation of the Year.

In 2017 Finucane & Smith will be collaborating worldwide. For example, their acclaimed work, The Flood is being created into a Spanish-language Latin-American gothic and will also become the first Australian drama to be produced as a Chinese language production with Chinese cast and creatives. In Miami, their new work The Rapture is being developed with Fundarte Miami.

Ticket Prices:

All seats EXCEPT PEANUT SEATS are at cabaret tables

In the Heart of the Rapture: $98 (the very best seats in the house),
Catwalk Full:
 $78 (next to the action),
Catwalk Concession: $68
General Admission Full: $48,
General Admission Concession: $38,
Group 6+: $38 (General Admission only),
Peanut Gallery/Artists: $25 (in the stands)    SOLD OUT EXCEPT FOR SATURDAY 15 JULY 9.30PM PERFORMANCE



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29 June, 2017
16 July, 2017
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45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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