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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.

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)!

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).

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.

Literary Death Match Melbourne

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

'Literary Death Match', now in 73 cities worldwide, brings together a mix of four brilliant writers to read their most electric writing for five minutes or less before a live audience and a panel of three all-star judges.

All Roads Lead to Rome

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

The 2023 Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award Winner, Rebecca Gulinello, presents a benefit and farewell concert as she embarks on her European journey.

Mn’JAM experiment

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

Mn’JAM experiment is an audio-visual project that uses technology in art to push boundaries. It’s not just a musical show because JAM (the visual artist) also plays images, plays lasers and plays lights. It’s not just a light show because music is being interpreted, improvised, and so are the lights. It’s not just electronic music although most sounds being generated are pretty much electronic and it’s not jazz although there is a ton of complex harmonies, rhythms, and a fair bit of improvisation on top of that. It’s a hybrid show that encapsulates the essence of cross art forms.

Schubert String Quintet

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

Experience one of the greatest Chamber works ever composed in this unique performance of the Schubert String Quintet. Be immersed in a world of sublime lyrical euphoria and dark, profoundly unsettling angst as the struggle between life and death unfolds in the most extraordinary music ever written.

fortyfivedownstairs Chamber Music Festival 2024

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

Following the success of the inaugural Chamber Music Festival in March 2023, renowned pianist Coady Green has again curated a diverse program of 14 events, including multiple Australian premieres, collaborations with Lyric Opera and the Wilin Centre, and performances from an incredible lineup of artists such as pianist Michael Leslie, soprano Antoinette Halloran, actors Helen Morse and Paul English, and ensembles Songmakers Australia and the Divisi Chamber Singers.

Milked

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

Paul is trying to find a job. Snowy is trying to find himself. Fate, in the form of a cow named Sandy, has other plans. Iain Sinclair ('A View From The Bridge', MTC) directs the Australian premiere of Longman’s heartfelt black comedy, featuring Laurence Boxhall ('The Mousetrap', Comedy Theatre) and William McKenna ('Harry Potter and the Cursed Child').

The Whisper

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

In this story of courage and bravery directed by Maryanne Sam ('Coconut Woman', Yirramboi Festival), a tip-off sparks a journey of Indigenous family survival, made by horse and cart under the cover of dark. Set against the racialized backdrop of 1940s Australia, a Ngarrindjeri family must make the impossible choice to leave home and country forever. “I wanted to write this play to honour family, legacy, the stories of survival of people from South Eastern Australia, and to honour my Nan and her journey” says playwright Brodie Murray.

The Inheritance

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

After acclaimed seasons in the West End and on Broadway, winning both the Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Play, 'The Inheritance' by Matthew López (inspired by E. M. Forster's novel 'Howards End') will have its Australian premiere in a bold new production directed by Kitan Petkovski ('The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven') and featuring a cast of 13 actors.

Sunday Summer Jazz with The New Impromptu Quartet

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

Exploring a world of styles and influences from jazz to latin, funk, reggae, and soul with a fresh and open musical approach. Danceable grooves, deep rhythmic bass lines, and driving percussion characterise The New Impromptu Quartet's sound.

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

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

Following the enormous success of 'Psycho Beach Party' over a decade ago, Little Ones Theatre (led by director Stephen Nicolazzo) returns for one last time to bring you another camp travesty from Charles Busch, New York’s Queen of Queer Theatre. It's time to laugh and get your fangs out, just in time for Christmas!

Orlando

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

The world premiere of a bold new folk musical adaptation of Virginia Woolf's seminal novel 'Orlando', a whirlwind tale of romance and betrayal in which a young poet changes gender and lives for over 200 years.

A Dodgeball Named Desire

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

Bloomshed ('Paradise Lost' presented by Darebin Speakeasy) go up against a sub-elite AFL team in an all-out Battle Royale for the heart of an aging southern belle. Think dodgeball meets Tennessee Williams in this bold creation from one of Melbourne’s most exciting new companies.

Constellations

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

Artefact Theatre Company's Matthew Cox directs Nick Payne’s gloriously romantic, award-winning hit, starring Mark Yeates ('Much Ado About Nothing', 'Mr Burns') and Bridie Pamment ('The Real Inspector Hound').

THE CROCODILE

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

Back by popular demand! A return season of Cassandra Fumi's acclaimed production of 'The Crocodile' by Tom Basden, a play about art, animals, and what happens when you try to take on the system from within… a crocodile.

Myra in Space

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

Alice Bishop directs the premiere of this new play by Bridgette Burton ('Rhonda is in Therapy'), the tragi-comic story of Myra Foreman, a woman who missed her life on earth and is now going to live it, in space.

Julius Caesar

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

Following the success of 'King Lear' at fortyfivedownstairs in 2021, Melbourne Shakespeare Company returns with the Bard’s political thriller 'Julius Caesar', directed by Richard Murphett.

Samantha Hargreaves: Farewell Concert

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

An afternoon of opera, Filipino folk-song, and golden age musical theatre, hosted by bass-baritone Eddie Muliaumaseali'i, and featuring Samantha Hargreaves (soprano), Coady Green (pianist), Bernardo Soler (guitarist), and Amanda Hargreaves (soprano).

kerosene & SIRENS

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

A double bill of Benjamin Nichol’s acclaimed plays - the multi-Green Room award-winning 'kerosene', directed by Nichol and performed/co-directed by Izabella Yena, and the acclaimed 2022 Melbourne Fringe hit 'SIRENS', directed by Liv Satchell, co-created by Izabella Yena, and performed by Nichol.

Far Away

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

Following the success of 'Punk Rock' at fortyfivedownstairs in 2019, Patalog Theatre returns with a new production of iconic playwright Caryl Churchill’s masterwork 'Far Away', directed by Cassandra Fumi and featuring Alison Whyte, Lucy Ansell, and Darcy Kent.

Just a Boy, Standing in Front of a Girl

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

Director Beng Oh and writer Jane Miller continue their acclaimed collaboration ('True Love Travels on a Gravel Road' and 'Cuckoo' at fortyfivedownstairs) with an adaptation of Medea for our times.

Exiles

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

Bloomsday in Melbourne's annual celebration of James Joyce continues with the Victorian premiere of his only play, exploring questions key to his masterpiece 'Ulysses' (1922). If love is constrained by conventional bonds of fidelity, is it love at all?

Climbers

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

Presented by Fever103 theatre and directed by Monique Marani, this new Australian play about a young Cambridge student’s discovery of the Night Climbers (a secret society that gathers on the rooftops) is a powerful and poignant exploration of the barriers women face in traditionally male institutions, and the strength it takes to dismantle them.

Paul Capsis – Dry My Tears

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

Paul Capsis, the inimitable and incomparable icon of cabaret, returns to fortyfivedownstairs for the Melbourne premiere of 'Dry My Tears', following an acclaimed run in Sydney. Accompanied by The Song Company's Francis Greep, Capsis will perform an acoustic set that includes music by Kurt Weill, Elton John, and Johnny Mercer.

Gunga-na Dhum-nganjinu (The Stories We Hold Tightly)

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

Join this family of storytellers - Uncle Larry Walsh, Victoria Morphy, Hannah Morphy-Walsh, and Isobel Morphy-Walsh - and their special guests, as they weave creation, song, story, and movement together. Presented as part of the 2023 Yirramboi Festival.

True West

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

Actors Mark Diaco and Justin Hosking – co-founders of HSTheatre ('The Long Red Road' at fortyfivedownstairs) – will alternate the roles of brothers Austin and Lee in a new production of Sam Shepard’s modern masterpiece about the double nature of sibling rivalry.

The Peace Tune

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

Abiy Sahle (saxophone), Alexander Nettelbeck (piano), Conrad Henderson (bass), and Lawrence Grifa (drums) perform original instrumental compositions highlighting the unique scales and rhythms of Ethiopian Music in an uplifting performance. This concert will highlight the music of Abiy Sahle’s recent album release, ‘The Peace Tune’.

CUT

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

The Melbourne premiere of Adelaide playwright Duncan Graham's acclaimed psychological thriller about a stalked flight attendant, performed by Christina McLachlan and directed by Laurence Strangio ('L'amante anglaise' and 'Krapp's Last Tape').

Michael Leslie, J. S. Bach: Goldberg Variations

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

The Institute of Enquiring Minds presents this recital by legendary Australian pianist Michael Leslie, who will perform Bach's beloved Goldberg Variations.

Trophy Boys

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

A new Australian play by Emmanuelle Mattana, 'Trophy Boys' is a queer black comedy and drag extravaganza about power, privilege, and high school debating. Directed by Marni Mount and presented as part of the 2023 Midsumma Festival.

An Hour with Queen Jesus – Jo Clifford

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

In this Melbourne exclusive, revolutionary trans icon Jo Clifford hosts a deeply personal introduction to her ground-breaking play, 'The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven'.

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