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Reservoir Dogs

Four perfect killers. One perfect crime. Now all they have to fear is each other. Human Sacrifice Theatre presents a one off live cold reading of Quentin Tarantino’s cult classic Reservoir Dogs. Some of Australia’s finest actors have volunteered their…

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A Night of Poetry for Barry Jones **SOLD OUT**

Barry Jones is one of the more remarkable politicians to have sat in the House of Representatives in Canberra, a much loved and respected figure on both sides of politics.  As a tribute for his birthday, the Chair of fortyfivedownstairs,…

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Angus McDonald

India’s Disappearing Railways: A Photographic Journey is an intimate and humorous portrait of life on the sub-continent’s narrow-gauge railways, evoking the very soul of India. Australian photojournalist and travel writer Angus McDonald spent several years documenting the railways with pen…

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Janice Gobey

Janice Gobey’s paintings always sit within duality.  Like the fur they depict, they are beautiful but ominous. The latest collection of works for the exhibition The Haunting, again reflect this duality but even more so with a new use of…

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Beethoven at 245

Celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven’s (245th) Birthday. Pianist Tristan Lee returns to fortyfivedownstairs,  to round off our year by celebrating Beethoven’s 245th birthday with a dazzling recital that represents three distinct periods in his life.   These four sonatas, all very different…

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Bottomless (reading)

Dan Lee is a 2014 R E Ross Trust Playwrights' Script Development Award recipient. Join us for a rehearsed reading of winning play, Bottomless. Bottomless is set in the Broome sober up center. It’s been an unusually long build up…

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Cantations

Cantations features the historically accurate performance of leading Monteverdi scholar and harpsichordist John O’Donnell and the singers of Accademia Arcadia.  The program features works from Monteverdi’s 7th and 8th book of Madrigals, as well as his contemporaries Giovanni Picchi and…

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Variations

Press, Play invite you on an impassioned musical and visual journey as words, sounds, and images collide and coalesce. Led by critically-acclaimed pianist Sonya Lifschitz, contemporary ensemble Press, Play takes the sensuous splendor of Monteverdi’s madrigals as a departure point…

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Janno

As happens in life, we get thrown the unexpected. Look up has ballooned and taken on its own uncharted journey, exploding into a defiant shout for life. It continues to be a body of work about humanity and reconnecting with…

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Fundraising event

This fundraising concert features the beautiful nostalgic Laika and Rembetika songs of pre 1970 Greece, performed by Melbourne's fabulous Greek singers. Featuring Anthea Sidiropolous, Maria Papathanasiou, Jenny Theologidis and Helen Yotis Patterson, accompanied by a premier Greek band led by…

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Someone Like Thomas Banks

Presented by Platform in collaboration with Straightjacket Productions, Someone Like Thomas Banks is a one-man show featuring performer, writer and disability advocate Thomas Banks. This is Thomas’ story of courage and defiance, a young man searching for love and claiming…

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The One

'keen, savage and funny' 'Kaczmarek is brilliant…. Prendergast is beautifully restrained…. Tomlins’ nervous energy is completely captivating' High praise for all three performers from Byron Bache of the Herald Sun. One couple. One night. No rules. The One is a…

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Stephen Williams

9000 vinyl records displays artist Stephen Williams' personal collection of original first pressing soul records and record sleeves, combining them with a complete indexed catalogue, text, video and recorded music which relate directly to the records themselves. The exhibition explores the…

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Terry Swann

Contemporary watercolourist Terry Swann’s exhibition Off Track – On Site is a journey of exploration into the heart of remote Australia. From the technicolour desert country along the Oodnadatta Track to the blackened remains of bushfire-affected NSW and on to…

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TRIUMPH

Inspired by a constellation of strange real life situations - group suicide in Japan, a woman who famously faked her survival of the 9/11 attacks and Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome, a disorder in which parents make their children sick in…

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CANZONE – Music as Storytelling

fortyfivedownstairs in association with the Melbourne Festival presents: A magical dream of Venice comes to Melbourne with the combination of music and art inspired by Claudio Monteverdi, master of music at St. Mark’s Basilica from 1613. Multi award winning artist…

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Company

It’s Robert’s birthday - he's turning 35 and his closest friends are throwing him a surprise party. Witty and well-liked, living in the heart of New York and dating three gorgeous women, Robert has it all ... so why can’t…

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James Yuncken

The Drawing Room is an exhibition of prints, drawings and bas reliefs created by James Yuncken at intervals over a period  between 1990 and 2009. At each interval a different creative impulse prevailed. The Drawing Room is set up to…

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PICNIC

"Like a Michael Leunig cartoon, mysterious and pregnant with meaning..." - Chris Boyd, The Australian, 21 August 2015 Celebrating a return to the solo stage after the highly successful production THE COLLAPSIBLE MAN, Gerard Van Dyck presents a new, intimate dance theatre…

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Mark Chew

Narendra Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister of India on 26 May 2014. As a child, he helped his father sell tea at the Vadnagar railway station. He is now the democratically elected leader of 1.21 billion people. This exhibition…

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Go, said the bird

“Go, said the bird, for the leaves were full of children, Hidden excitedly, containing laughter. Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind Cannot bear very much reality. Time past and time future What might have been and what has…

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Carousel

The carousel turns and with each revolution comes an evolution, as familiar views are given fresh insight. And so it is in contemporary jewellery and object, as new generations of artists climb aboard. From old ideas spring new revelations, familiar…

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SHORTS@45

Join us for the final SHORTS@45 literary reading of the year with an evening of memoir writing from three outstanding Australian writers. Journalist and media personality Sian Prior will read from her memoir, Shy, a very personal account of her…

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Victorian Craft Award

"This year Craft turns 45 years old, and to celebrate this milestone we are pleased to launch the inaugural Victorian Craft Award. The Award is a biennial event facilitated by Craft Victoria in the pursuit of presenting and celebrating excellence…

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Joe Duggan

Australia's leading climate researchers respond to the question, "How does climate change make you feel?" in an exhibition showcasing their hand-written letters collected by Science Communicator Joe Duggan. These researchers have dedicated their lives to understanding climate change, but this…

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Rodney Schaffer

Rodney Schaffer's photographic series Luna is an exploration of the perception and interaction with one's surroundings. The series utilises urban and rural elements of the Australian landscape as a specific vehicle for how we interpret what is around us. The…

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Michael Pearce

Michael Pearce has developed a series of luminous, lyrical and evocative pastel and charcoal works on paper. Lacuna explores the contrast and balance between the vertical and horizontal; and positive and negative space. This exhibition is the result of Pearce’s…

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Master Class

★★★★1/2 The Herald Sun (review from 2015 season) Inspired by Maria Callas’ 1971 visit to New York’s Juilliard School of Music, Terrence McNally's Master Class is a searing, funny and touching depiction of opera’s most beloved diva. At the time,…

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The Long Red Road

★★★☆ The Age, August 2015 I wish every American play we staged here was performed with this level of assurance and flair - Cameron Woodhead, The Age The play gets under your skin - Variety A POWERFULLY redemptive celebration of forgiveness…

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SHORTS@45

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has regrettably been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience. Images: SHORTS@45 graphic design by Miranda Costa.  

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METASYSTEMS

METASYSTEMS is a contemporary dance performance that analyses our human interactions with the environment from the individual to the universal. Through the documentation and translation of the processes taking place at the construction site, METASYSTEMS is an observation of the…

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