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Mackey, Darling & Collaborators

The Exact Dimensions of Hell

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

It’s 1998. Deep in the Australian suburbs, we meet a fourteen year old girl who wants to be a witch, and an older man who claims he can teach her how. Directed by Alice Darling ('The Fence', Darebin Speakeasy), and featuring Matilda Gibbs and internationally acclaimed theatre-maker Daniel Schlusser, Mackey’s unflinching play demands a new narrative of gender, agency, and power.

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WAY

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

Written and performed by Sally McKenzie ('Mortified', Nine Network), directed by Sean Mee ('Box the Pony', Sydney Opera House), with sound design by J. David Franzke, 'WAY' (included on the 2024 VCE Drama Playlist) uses filmed sequences and live performance to interweave the fictional journey of a documentary filmmaker with the lived experiences of four homeless women. “If you love theatre, see this” (Stage Whispers).

MUST and Bloomshed

We’re Banking On It!

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

Ten years after the MUST production that launched the Bloomshed ensemble ('Animal Farm', Darebin Speakeasy), these award-winning theatre companies return to create a world class pyramid scheme with this reprised corruption of Gogol’s 'The Government Inspector'. A live theatrical seminar for the savvy entrepreneur, this is the only show that promises to double your investment (disclaimers abound)!

Calamity Practice

Carpet and Sand / 100 Reasons for War

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

Two plays, one cast, a gorilla, and a dozen or so sheep. Presented by Calamity Practice, directed by Green Room Award winner Bob Pavlich ('The Winter’s Tale', La Mama), and performed by a cast of eight, this double bill of Australian plays blends the dramatic and the absurd in a search for truth and reason within the chaos. Both plays will be performed back-to-back on Saturdays and Sundays.

Kadimah Yiddish Theatre

Shrapnel

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

A celebration of performer Natalie Gamsu’s ('A Very Jewish Christmas Carol', MTC) strange and fearless life journey as she searches for meaning through diabolically funny and deeply personal anecdotes of tsuris, the yiddish word for pain. An evening of touching and highly entertaining storytelling directed by Stephen Nicolazzo ('Vampire Lesbians of Sodom') and featuring songs performed in Yiddish, Spanish, and English.

Pot Kettle Black Productions

Recollection

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

Olivia, a mother, pieces her late teenage daughter Molly’s life into a perfume. Directed by Cathy Hunt ('What Every Girl Should Know', Brunswick Mechanics), this surprising new queer work offers a sensory experience for audiences, employing scent to capture the play’s delicate interpretation of grief, decay, and blooming.

Nightingale Opera

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 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.

Bloomshed

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.

fortyfivedownstairs

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.

Melbourne Shakespeare Company

Antony and Cleopatra

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

Melbourne Shakespeare Company presents a gripping tale of power and passion, and the tragic sequel to their 2023 smash hit production of 'Julius Caesar'. Director Richard Murphet will again take the helm, supported by an outstanding cast and creative team to be announced in 2024.

Dee, Cornelius, and Wilks in association with fortyfivedownstairs

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.

Spinning Plates Co.

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.

Bullet Heart Club

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).

Quiet Riot and Amarantha Robinson

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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