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29 June - 16 July

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Finucane & Smith

29 June – 16 July 2017
duration: 80 mins
opening night: Saturday 1 July
Wednesday to Saturday 7pm
Saturday 8 & 15 July 9.30pm
Sunday 5.30pm
ticket price: $25 – $98
03 9662 9966

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Finucane is fantastic…beautifully crafted and kaleidoscopic  The Age

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Moira Finucane, one of the world’s greatest performance chameleons, debuts her major new work, The Rapture; a transcendent emporium of gothic-erotic dreams, rock ‘n’roll angels, literary genius, soul-searing music, and total art. You’ll step into an underground treasure lair dripping with visual art relics, an otherworldly choir, and skin-shedding tales to witness the ultimate showdown – art vs extinction – who will win in the race to the end of the world?

Moira Finucane has been hailed as ‘transcendent’ by audiences across 5 continents and described by critics as ‘exquisité’, ‘the volcanic physical presence’, ‘mesmerizing’, and as a ‘national treasure’.

Her new production The Rapture sets fire to her past variety work, reincarnating Finucane as a transformer, a snake always shedding her skin, writhing through a visual feast of prophecy, Gothic dreams, birds of prey, soaring wings, apocalyptic fairy tales. Immersed in a visual and aural landscape created by internationally renowned sculptors William Eicholtz & Catherine Lane; visual artists from Arts Projects Australia; sonic genius Shinjuku Thief and a catacomb choir of beyond-genre voices: from heavenly voiced counter-tenor diva Mama Alto, smoky chanteuse Clare St Clare and 82-year-old heartbreaking songbird Shirley Cattunar.

Finucane & Smith Unlimited are globally acclaimed for their all-encompassing entertainments. They are the most awarded provocative variety outfit in the world. In the last 5 years, they’ve repeatedly become an Australian first; taking their cult-hit works – from drama to cabaret – to major festivals worldwide. The Rapture is no exception, mixing the erotic and the gothic, the hysterical and the apocalyptic, the sacred and the profane, all with table seating, and drinks at the bar.

Be among the first to experience her latest debut, gothic, provocative, sensation, The Rapture…. See it now, witness the birth of a cult hit, before the world ends!

Jaw-smacked-wide-eyed wonderment … from gentle, poetically lush scenes to an all-out blood bath! JJJ Radio, Australia

‘She comes to life in the full complexity of emotion, vulnerability, love and evil, often all at the same time. She creates a new world, a new essence of woman’ Mesto Zensk, Slovenia

‘The extraordinary Moira Finucane, head of a tribe as unclassifiable as talented, but also by her look, sometimes sharp, but full of vitality, with which she knows to describe aspects of the contemporary world.’  La Nacion, Argentina

‘An evening with Moira Finucane is like being chased a Berlin back street by a lily skinned ermine clad amazon who boxes you around the ears with a wheelie bin before feeding you a nice custard… she’s a little hard to categorise Sunday Age 



Writer and Performer: Moira Finucane | The Choir: Mama Alto, Clare St Clare, Shirley Cattunar & Miss Chief on the keys. | Directors: Moira Finucane with Jackie Smith | Dramaturgy: Nicholas Dorward | Composers: Darrin Verhagen & Ben Keene | Visual Artists: sculptors William Eicholtz & Catherine Lane & the artists of Arts Project Australia | Couturiers: Gun Shy, Anastasia La Fey, Keon Couture | Lighting Design: Simon Hardy.

About Finucane & Smith

Finucane & Smith are an Australian based performance company globally acclaimed for their “salons of humanity”; provocative, entertaining, complex & visually intricate productions. From cabaret to drama, to richly-detailed immersive carnivals & gallery installations, Finucane & Smith cross-artforms and engage unique artists from every genre to create indelible visions & provocations of humanity.

Finucane& Smith’s commissions & presentations internationally have spanned Eastern & Western Europe, UK, Latin America, China, Japan & Scandinavia. They have won critical acclaim in 13 languages, &15 theatre awards including The Patrick White Playwright Award, 7 Green Room Awards, the 2015 International Theatre Institute’s CHAMACO Award for International Presentation of the Year.

Increasingly they have broken new ground as the first Australian company invited to some of the world’s most significant cultural festivals: Latin America’s most celebrated international arts festival, Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires (2013); to collaborate with Slovenia’s Live Art Institute Emanat & 15 cross genre Slovenian artists in the creation of Festival Mesto Zenk’s closing event (2015); The Havana International Theatre Festival (2015); theirs was the first Australian drama to be presented by Eastern China’s largest and longest standing theatre festival, The Shanghai International Theatre Festival (2016) and in 2016 Finucane became the first ever Creative Fellow appointed to Australia’s largest visual arts collection The National Gallery of Victoria.

The company works in traditional theatres, cabarets, galleries, outdoors, and in unusual spaces to create “immersive worlds” for audiences to occupy – from intimate velvet-lined literary salons & boudoirs, to large surreal indoor Carnivals with 7 simultaneously operating performance pavilions from Pleasure Gardens to Sideshows, to their world-famous satin-lined Provocative Variety, the cross-artform exquisite Glory Box, seen by 400,000 people across 5 continents. Their dramas are uniquely Australian, atmospheric and acclaimed, and have been translated into a number of languages.

In 2017 they collaborate worldwide; in Chile creating a Spanish-language Latin-American gothic of their acclaimed work The Flood; in Miami their new work The Rapture is being developed with Fundarte Miami, in Colombia 2 major works for theatre & galleries, and in China The Flood becomes the first Australian drama to be produced as a Chinese language production with Chinese cast and creatives, and Finucane as director.

AWARDS ★ 2015 International Theatre Institute CHAMACO Award for International Presentation of the Year (Cuba)  Winner ★ 2014 Golden Potato Award for cultural services to the Bellarine Community Winner ★ 2014 Adelaide & Perth Weekly Fringe Awards (Cabaret) ★ 2013 Australia Council Theatre Fund Fellowship awarded to Moira Finucane ★ 2013 Outstanding Contribution to Cabaret Winner Green Room Award Winner ★ 2010 Helpmann Award Best Cabaret Artist (Carnival of Mysteries) Nominee ★ 2010 Helpmann Award Best New Australian Work (Carnival of Mysteries) Nominee ★ 2010 Age Critics Award Best New Australian Work (Carnival of Mysteries) Nominee ★ 2010 Kit Denton Fellowship (Carnival of Mysteries) Shortlisted ★ 2010 Green Room Award Best Design (Carnival of Mysteries) Nominee ★ 2009 Helpmann Award Best Cabaret Artist (The Burlesque Hour) Nominee ★ 2006 Green Room Award Most Innovative Use of Form (Gotharama) Winner ★ 2006 Green Room Award Best Design (Gotharama) Winner ★ 2005 Australian Dance Most Interesting & Innovative Works List ★ 2005 InPress Magazine Show of the Year (Burlesque Hour) ★ 2004 Green Room Award Most Outstanding Work (Burlesque Hour) Winner ★ 2004 Green Room Award Best Direction (Burlesque Hour) Winner ★ 2004 Green Room Award Most Innovative Use of Form (Burlesque Hour) Winner ★ 2004 Green Room Award Most Best Design (Burlesque Hour) ★ 1999 Green Room Award Most Outstanding Cabaret (Saucy Cantina) Winner ★ 1999 Melbourne Fringe Award Best Cabaret (Saucy Cantina) Winner

Ticket Prices:

All seats EXCEPT PEANUT SEATS are at cabaret tables

In the Heart of the Rapture: $98 (the very best seats in the house),
Catwalk Full:
 $78 (next to the action),
Catwalk Concession: $68
General Admission Full: $48,
General Admission Concession: $38,
Group 6+: $38 (General Admission only),
Peanut Gallery/Artists: $25 (in the stands)



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