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Elegies: A Song Cycle

fortyfivedownstairs theatre 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000, Victoria, Australia

Featuring five celebrated performers - Nadine Garner (The Blake Mysteries), Kerrie Anne Greenland (Miss Saigon), Marty Alix (Hamilton), Anton Berezin (The Phantom of the Opera), and Glenn Hill (Matilda) - 'Elegies: A Song Cycle' takes audiences on a musical journey that explores the modern world that we live in and life’s infinite joys.

Emerging Artist Award 2024

It is our pleasure to host the finalists for the ninth annual fortyfivedownstairs Emerging Artist Award! The Prize is a proven catalyst for ongoing recognition and professional development and allows audiences the privilege of accessing early-career works by exciting emerging artists.

Two Remain

fortyfivedownstairs theatre 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000, Victoria, Australia

Based on the true stories of Holocaust survivors Krystyna Zywulska, a Polish dissident, and Gad Beck, a Jewish gay man, this Australian premiere production of renowned composer Jake Heggie’s 'Two Remain' is an exciting collaboration with Nightingale Opera in the USA, and an important reminder of the enduring power of love and humanity.

Colour Existéncia

Photographs presented, all shot on Ektrachrome 120mm film, in
preference to the Digital format, ensuring a freshness of Image. You, the viewer, are
presented with the best opportunity to experience what Gamvros has been
courageous enough to seek, encounter and record. Fresh and fast, instantaneous,
decisions are made and actioned on site, in double quick time.

Heartscape

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

In 'Heartscape', abstract artist Melinda Ly explores the intersection of abstract art and meditation. The pieces merge poetry and guided meditation, taking viewers on an introspective journey amd examining a broad array of emotions and states to promote self-awareness and discovery.

The Importance of Being Earnest

fortyfivedownstairs theatre 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000, Victoria, Australia

This delightfully self-aware adaptation transforms Wilde’s irreverent satire into a salacious display of gross indecency. Welcome to the Wilde side in Bloomshed’s latest take-down of high society. From the collective behind 2023’s acclaimed, high-octane productions of 'Animal Farm' (Darebin Speakeasy) and 'A Dodgeball Named Desire', 'Earnest' is a delicious mix of diatribe, dance breaks, and debauchery.

At the still point

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

At the Still Point is an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Michele Burder exploring travel through urbanised nature. It depicts nature alongside roads as seen through bus or car windows, as well as moments when captured on walks through public parks and local reserves. They represent samples of time, fleeting scenes which reflect on the transience of nature - these landscapes even though they are ordinary they presage threats from development, overuse and pollution.

Showcase: St Albans Secondary College VCE Art and Technology Students

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

This exhibition is a rare glimpse into the potential that is unlocked when we are able to embrace cultural diversity and share, appreciate, know, collaborate and negotiate cultural divides. At the college, 53 different nationalities express their unique cultural practices and perspectives through the Arts. Sharing and collaborating with their peers, students co-create artworks that are unique within the Melbourne arts diaspora.

Milk and Blood

fortyfivedownstairs theatre 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000, Victoria, Australia

Following the success of 'kerosene' and 'SIRENS', Nichol continues his anthology series exploring love and loneliness across Australia with two new works written for and performed by Brigid Gallacher ('In The Club', Theatreworks) and Charles Purcell ('Apokalypsis', The Substation). Milk and Blood both present unflinching examinations of violence and desire, shame and self-sabotage, and the power of redemption.

Just a Sheila

'Just A Sheila', by sculptor and mixed media artist Josie Lowerson, explores a sculptural narrative of social and domestic situations observed from a female perspective. The exhibition portrays the feminine sensuality and struggle of women, whilst revealing the conflict between necessity and the desire to pursue goals.

UNVEILING ECHOES, PASSAGE TO SEEDING HOPE

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Lea Rose is an environmental and ecological, Naarm (Melbourne) based emerging artist who integrates their art practice with scientific field research. Rose is 2024 PhD candidate (Geography and Indigenous Knowledge Institute) Faculty of Science, The University of Melbourne. In ‘Unveiling Echoes, Passage to Seeding Hope’ Rose invites the viewer, through muti-dimensional immersive art forms to contemplate the devastating impacts of colonisation on the Australian environment. Through Rose’s photographic works, film, printmaking, painting and installations, the potentiality for environmental recovery is explored by posing questions around land use and conservation in the Australian context. Rose seeks to inspire a sense of reverence for the beauty and resilience of the natural world, encouraging the viewer to play a role in natures preservation.

Hamlet

fortyfivedownstairs theatre 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000, Victoria, Australia

Following the success of 'Julius Caesar' last year, Melbourne Shakespeare Company returns to fortyfivedownstairs to present Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy 'Hamlet'. Directed by multi-award winning director Iain Sinclair ('A View from a Bridge' at MTC / 'Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?' at the Ensemble Theatre) and starring Jacob Collins Levy ('The Witcher' / 'Dr Who') in the title role.

Hiding rock pools

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

This exhibition brings together figure paintings by Naarm based artist Elena Valimberti. From Valimberti's "Shed series" of paintings, she works to transform the mundane into something quietly beautiful through traditional oil painting.

The Community Art Card Project

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Robert Lee Davis' 'Community Art Card Project' returns to fortyfivedownstairs for the second consecutive year. More details coming soon...

Bad Boy

fortyfivedownstairs theatre 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000, Victoria, Australia

The team behind the acclaimed production of 'RUNT' – writer Patricia Cornelius ('Do not go gentle…'), director Susie Dee ('Savages'), and performer Nicci Wilks ('SHIT') – present a bold, tough, and powerful new work tackling the enormous issue of misogyny and domestic violence. Wilks will inhabit the character of 'BAD BOY', a female actor openly playing a male role. Much of 'BAD BOY' is in the power of what is unspoken, but what is said is electrifying.

FORT EARTH PROJECT + EXHIBITION 2024

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

fortyfivedownstairs presents 'FORT EARTH PROJECT + EXHIBITION 2024' by FORT HEART.

Aftermath

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

'Aftermath' is a stunning photographic collection by Justin Ness showcasing the natural beauty of Tyagarah Nature Reserve following the 2023 bushfire. These photographs reveals the profound impact of climate change on this delicate ecosystem.

Working Memories

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

fortyfivedownstairs presents 'Working Memories'. This exhibition is supported by a City of Melbourne Arts Grant. More details coming soon...

Rhinoceros

fortyfivedownstairs theatre 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000, Victoria, Australia

Spinning Plates Co. re-teams with director Cassandra Fumi and the creative team behind their enormously successful production of 'THE CROCODILE' for the second instalment in their ‘Beast Trilogy’. Brought stampeding into the 21st Century, Ionesco’s absurdist classic locks horns with conformity and responsibility as a town is thrown into chaos when, one by one, its residents begin transforming into Rhinoceroses.

Romantic Rebellion

fortyfivedownstairs presents 'Romantic Rebellion' by Justine McAllister. More details coming soon...

Dark Waters

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

fortyfivedownstairs presents 'Dark Waters' by Mary Koniavitis. More details coming soon...

Poet Tree

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

fortyfivedownstairs presents 'Poet Tree' by Chloe Vallance. More details coming soon...

Walkaway

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

fortyfivedownstairs presents 'Walkaway' by Dorothy Lipmann. More details coming soon...

The Hall

fortyfivedownstairs theatre 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000, Victoria, Australia

Featuring a live choir and original songs by Ro Bright ('Daffodils', Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and Pat Irwin (SUSS, The B-52’s), this ceremonious and candid story about unconditional love and the power of community is presented by Bullet Heart Club, directed by Kitan Petkovski ('In the Club', Theatreworks), and features stage luminary Jennifer Vuletic ('Looking for Alibrandi', Malthouse Theatre).

SMALL!

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

fortyfivedownstairs is excited to once again be hosting our community-sourced, small works exhibition SMALL! SMALL! is an opportunity to see the walls of fortyfivedownstairs covered with an endless variety of styles and media including painting, drawing and sketches, prints, textiles, and small sculptural works.

Sankofa

fortyfivedownstairs theatre 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000, Victoria, Australia

It is ok to go back and get what you have forgotten... Written by Amarantha Robinson ('Oshun', La Mama) and presented by Quiet Riot, this lyrical ensemble experience fuses Afro-Caribbean mysticism and history with dance and drumming to give a transmission of awakening and power.

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