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The Portable Park

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Parks can be places of hushed silence until we allow them to speak to us. Until we halt and listen carefully to the poetry.

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').

“Meet Me Under the Clocks”

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Growing up, going into the city to catch-up with friends was always, “Meet me under the clocks” at Flinders St Station. Collins Street was ‘the Paris end’ and Federation Square was the Gas & Fuel building site.

Free

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’.

CUOROSENSA: A Reverse Archaeology

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

In Cuorosensa, the artist’s bold, energetic and confident mark-making coheres into recognisable Luccio-esque themes — we see his Eiffel Tower, his Trojan Horse, his meditations on the myths and figures of classical antiquity — but closer inspection reveals a canvas of interlocking postcards with tantalising glimpses of the messages they once conveyed.

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.

Spoken Word Circle

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

fortyfivedownstairs presents Spoken Word Circle 22 April 2023: Saturday from 4:30 - 5:30 pm admission: Free ..An open mic night for anyone with pen or keyboard and a fire in…

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.

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.

Primavera

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Primavera showcases a collection of figurative paintings exploring themes of isolation, physical expression, and sexuality.

Orison

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

In relating closely to the term ‘Barocco’ meaning disfigured or oddly shaped pearl, the artist feels that so long as we are living, mortal beings, the openings to inspire us closer into who we are, may require the light’s counterpart of darkness to never desist.

Fishtail

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Using algorithmic processes and generative techniques, the artist explores the intricate patterns and shapes that emerge from natural phenomena like the flow of water, the growth of plants, and the cold majesty of mountains.

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.

Act of Love

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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