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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.

more than this

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

fortyfivedownstairs presents 'more than this' by artist Clive Jones. Episodes from History and from observation and memory rearranged in a Realist painterly way.

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.

Chained to an Idiot

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

This exhibition delves into the raw and introspective world of Stephen (Stefano) Ives, a seasoned sculptor grappling with the complexities of aging, desire, and the ever-present shadow of mortality. Through a captivating blend of bricolaged plastics, toys, and found objects Stefano embarks on a personal odyssey, exploring a lifetime of captivation with the female form.

Prescription windows and magic beans

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

'Prescription windows and magic beans' presents paintings by prominent Australian painter and designer Katrina Rhodes. “Prescription Windows” implies a specific perspective or framework through which one perceives reality, while “Magic beans” represent the potential for growth and transformation through unconventional means.

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.

Collection One

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Misseu is launching 'Collection One' as part of Melbourne Design Week.

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)!

NOTHING TO SEE HERE

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

A first exhibition from Victoria McGinness, ‘NOTHING TO SEE HERE’, features a collection of vivid embroideries, typographic studies and paintings made from second-hand materials.

Stranglehold: Colonial Heat

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Stranglehold: Colonial Heat presents uncanny landscapes by Glover Prize and Hadley Prize shortlistee Amanda Johnson.

fortyfivedownstairs fundraising raffle

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

Thanks to our generous friends, neighbours, and colleagues, fortyfivedownstairs is excited to launch a fundraising raffle for our 2024 EOFY campaign. Scroll through the list of $9,000 worth of prizes below and support fortyfivedownstairs by purchasing a $30 ticket (or two or more tickets for $25 each) which will put you in the running to…

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).

Grand Tour

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Gavin Brown Grand Tour 23 April - 4 May 2024 hours: Tuesday - Friday: 12pm - 7pm Saturdays: 12pm - 4pm admission: Free  tumbling and falling and creating new compositions organically, as if they’ve just been dug up and are speaking to us from the ancient world. ARTIST STATEMENT Inspiration can strike anywhere. It is…

Motherboard

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Chris Orr Motherboard 23 April - 4 May 2024 hours: Tuesday - Friday: 12pm - 7pm Saturdays: 12pm - 4pm admission: Free Every feature is a straight line, a toxic slurry of motherboards creating a colonising infestation over the human form Humanity has an inherent need for validation, manifested in the creation of reflective images…

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.

Seeing Light

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Geoffrey Falk, Andrew Scollo & Sally Vivian Seeing Light 9 - 20 April 2024 hours: Tuesday - Friday: 12pm - 7pm Saturdays: 12pm - 4pm admission: Free People moved through this landscape for many thousands of years treading lightly on the land and taking care of it With paintings by Geoffrey Falk and Andrew Scollo,…

Finding Solace in Remote Sands

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Kenny Phan Finding Solace in Remote Sands 9 - 20 April 2024 hours: Tuesday - Friday: 12pm - 7pm Saturdays: 12pm - 4pm admission: Free a personal reflection on oneself and the desire to find the inner comfort within solitude Finding Solace in Remote Sands explores the feeling of solitude within oneself to unearth their…

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.

Sad Stories in Paint: The end of one career…

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Jane Sinclair Sad Stories in Paint: The end of one career... 26 March - 6 April 2024 hours: Tuesday - Friday: 12pm - 7pm Saturdays: 12pm - 4pm admission: Free I have a strong desire to communicate on a deeper level, whether verbally, with words on paper, or paint on canvas. Artist Statement: "Why do…

Secret Places

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Louise Tyler Secret Places 26 March - 6 April 2024 hours: Tuesday - Friday: 12pm - 7pm Saturdays: 12pm - 4pm admission: Free amorphous swathes of watercolour that reveal ponds, seaweed, a beach, moonlight and farmland The exhibition, Secret Places, features a row of white-framed pictures on paper, an oil painting on canvas, and eight…

Now and Then

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Ivana and Robert Perkins Now and Then 13 March - 23 March 2024 hours: Tuesday - Friday: 12pm - 7pm Saturdays: 12pm - 4pm admission: FreeImage caption: Ivana, Robert Perkins, 1990More details coming soonMore details coming soon

The Unknown Swimmer

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Jason Reekie The Unknown Swimmer 13- 23 March 2024 hours: Tuesday - Friday: 12pm - 7pm Saturdays: 12pm - 4pm admission: Free ..you never regret a swim... The Unknown Swimmer was born in the frigid waters of Port Phillip Bay in the grip of a Melbourne winter. Stemming from a slightly drunken conversation, a gauntlet…

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.

In Waking Hours

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Joe Whyte In Waking Hours 13 February - 9 March 2024 hours: Tuesday - Friday: 12pm - 7pm Saturdays: 12pm - 4pm admission: Free ...fleeting moments in the life of the city... In Waking Hours presents an evocative collection of Melbourne-inspired streetscape paintings from 2023 National Emerging Art Prize winner Joe Whyte. Drawing inspiration from the…

Dreamscapes

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

v? Dreamscapes 3 - 10 February 2024 hours: Tuesday - Friday: 12pm - 7pm Saturdays: 12pm - 4pm admission: Free an exploration of the duality between the conscious and the unconscious Melbourne-based abstract artist v?, best known for her captivating art videos on social media, is set to unveil her debut exhibition "Dreamscapes" at fortyfivedownstairs…

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.

Emerging Artist Award 2023

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

A prestigious award and exhibition showcasing exciting talent from emerging artists.

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!

The House That Jack Built

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Darren Vukasinovic The House That Jack Built 17 November - 9 December 2023 hours: Tuesday - Friday: 12pm - 7pm Saturdays: 12pm - 4pm admission: Free ...a journey of outer and inner reflections... A descent into the mind of madness. The House That Jack Built is an immersive photoprose exhibition featuring original fine art photography…

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