A reading of the new play 'post' by Jane Miller, directed by Beng Oh and featuring Keith Brockett, Steve Gome, Kelly Nash, Marissa O’Reilly, Sonya Suares and Glenn van Oosterom.
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.
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’.
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.
On 5 November 2023, to celebrate the 91st birthday of Barry Jones AC, a select group of seasoned performers, artists, industry pioneers and beloved friends gathered to perform a selection of his favourite works, spanning the centuries and the globe. The recording of the event is now available to view for a limited time only. All proceeds from sales go towards supporting the arts at fortyfivedownstairs.
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!
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.