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The New Impromptu Quartet

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.

Little Ones Theatre

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!

Darren Vukasinovic

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…

Antipodes Theatre Company

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.

Robert Lee Davis

The Community Art Card Project

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Robert Lee Davis The Community Art Card Project 31 October - 11 November 2023 hours: Tuesday - Friday: 12pm - 7pm Saturdays: 12pm - 4pm admission: Free Playing cards are used in communities across the globe and offer ways to strike up conversation and be part of a group. In partnership with St Michael’s Grammer…

Sharon Monagle

Of Dingoes & Witch-Hunts

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

“Of Dingoes and Witch-hunts” is inspired by familiar stories of Australian women and their journey to equality; powerful metaphors of suppression, persecution and an evolving struggle that speaks to our history, our culture and values.

Bloomshed

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.

Naarm Textile Collective

Uncommon Threads

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The exhibition showcases innovative works, using a range of materials and techniques that challenge and subvert traditional ideas of textile art.

Dena Ashbolt and Gudrun Ilana Guriel

Lebenslust

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

An ambitious collaboration between artist an author, both inspired by time passing as revealed by movement.
One woman's memoir with the intention of not only setting a stage of life in post war Germany, but also of exposing the intergenerational secrets she has recognised in her family. The manuscript has been in development for the past decade, and the working relationship with artist Dena Ashbolt started as a result of their mutual enthusiasm for images of movement.

Artefact Theatre

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').

James Hale

Don’t Start

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Numbering in the thousands and piled up in no particular order, this is the stuff of nightmares for conservators.

Kate Hunter

Near Sighted

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Near Sighted is an audio-visual installation comprised of six tiny interactive dioramas.

Spinning Plates Co.

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.

Jemima Longworth

Take Up Space

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Unapologetically present, Jemima's oil paintings explore the needlessly insistent sexualisation of the assumed woman’s form.  They are inspired by women and non binary folk’s experiences with how they have been treated based on their bodies.

Kelvin Lau

A Home Among the Plum Trees

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Parental and institutional erasures of diasporic heritage, and its replacement with the values of Australian middle-class suburbia and professional status, were critically examined through this multimodal approach.

Baggage Productions

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.

Students of Parkville College

our worlds, our words

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Welcome to “Our Worlds, Our Words”: an extraordinary exhibition showcasing the creative talent of students across the Parkville College campuses.

Michelangelo Russo

TRACCE – TRACES: Works 1992-2023

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

This survey exhibition spans more than four decades of Michelangelo Russo's evolving practice.

Melbourne Shakespeare Company

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

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).

Coady Green, Sofija Kirsanova, and Elina Faskhi

Coady Green, Sofija Kirsanova, and Elina Faskhi in Concert

45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Pianist Coady Green, violinist Sofija Kirsanova, and cellist Elina Faskhi perform a recital program of works by Schubert, Linda Kouvaras, and Stuart Greenbaum.

Jemima Longworth

Take Up Space

45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Unapologetically present, Jemima's oil paintings explore the needlessly insistent sexualisation of the assumed woman’s form.

Janno McLaughlin

Unsprung

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Unsprung is a play on ‘spring’ and its connotations of hope, metaphor, new life, and new beginnings.

VIMH

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.

Lindi Forde

Cadence

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

'Cadence' is a series of abstract artworks which began by delving into the allure and mysticism of indigo then moved into a brighter palette, evolving into a celebration of colour and rhythm.

Sophie Perez

Everything is Connected

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

This series of paintings and drawings from night and day are a moment in time of being truly immersed and connected to nature.

Patalog Theatre

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.

Somebody's Daughter Theatre Presents

SEE BEYOND : Artwork by Women in Victorian Prisons

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

This exhibition at fortyfivedownstairs is a selection of artworks collected over the many years of Somebody’s Daughter’s work with women in Victorian prisons.

15 Minutes from Anywhere

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.

Ksenia Shinkarenko

Honne

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Ksenia’s work aims to open an intimate dialog that transitions the viewer from their daily chaos to a remote restorative space, inviting them to look within and find the connection to the wider world.

Annette Wagner

Voice Plains & Memory Depth Metres

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Focusing on a specific water system, the Murray River Floodplains network, Wagner explores a network of material and socially-engaged artworks that brings into view our individual and collective social and political memories of water.

Featuring new and established wordsmiths

Spoken Word Circle

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

An un-ticketed evening open to anyone from the curious to the ambitious who have an interest in sharing or experiencing living, breathing literature.

Free
Bloomsday in Melbourne

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?

Shayle Flesser

Act of Love

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

A new solo show of contemporary abstract paintings by artist Shayle Flesser.

Fever103 Theatre

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.

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