A reading of the new play 'Crocodiles' by Vidya Rajan, directed by Marcel Dorney.
Featuring Melbourne jazz veterans Ronny Ferella (drums), Tamara Murphy (bass), Robbie Melville (guitar), Gideon Brazil (tenor saxophone, alto flute) and Flora Carbo (alto saxophone/bass clarinet), and classical cellist Zoe Knighton, the smallCHESTRA creates a spectacular range of dynamic and timbral possibilities in a relatively small package, and blurs the barriers between contemporary folk, jazz and classical.
Winner of the Green Room Award for Best Independent Production in 2021, Kitan Petkovski’s acclaimed production returns as part of the 2023 Midsumma Festival. Join Queen Jesus (Kristen Smyth) for a revolutionary queer ritual in which bread is shared, wine is drunk, and familiar stories are reimagined by a transgender Jesus.
Director Cassandra Fumi re-teams with the Green Room Award-winning design team behind 'The Mermaid' at La Mama – Set and Costume Designer Dann Barber and Lighting Designer Rachel Burke – to bring Tom Basden's adaptation of Dostoevsky's 'The Crocodile' to life. A play about art, animals, and what happens when you try to take on the system from within… a crocodile.
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.
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.
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. Maude Davey ('Retro Futurismus' and 'Alter Edith' at fortyfivedownstairs) directs four actor-singer-musicians in the title role.