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ABR Review Of Trainspotting Live

ABR review of Trainspotting Live

  • March 28, 2017
  • Arts

★★★★1/2 Monday 27 March, 2017 Dilan Gunawardana When ticketholders are forewarned not to wear white clothing to a small-scale production, feelings of trepidation are understandable. The aptly named ‘In Your Face Theatre’ troupe’s Trainspotting condenses Irvine Welsh’s 1993 critically acclaimed…

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The Age Review For Trainspotting Live

The Age review for Trainspotting Live

★★★★ March 26 2017 Cameron Woodhead Dubbed the "poet laureate of the chemical generation", Irvine Welsh came to prominence with Trainspotting in 1993. The novel captured the nihilistic hedonism of the zeitgeist – the '90s were also a high-water mark…

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The Music Review Of I Am My Own Wife

The Music review of I Am My Own Wife

  • January 20, 2017
  • Arts

Maxim Boon Thursday 19 January, 2017 4 Stars History is a muddy mingling of fact and fiction - truth warped through the prisms of emotion, bias, and sentimentality. Perhaps the only tangible, uncompromised connection we have to the past is…

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ArtsHub Review Of The Gathering

ArtsHub review of The Gathering

  • December 6, 2016
  • Arts

Deborah Stone, 1 December 2016 The Gathering of Millenial talent A surprisingly polished new musical bursting with fresh talent shows the value of going 'off-Broadway'. The morning after I attended the opening of this youthful new musical at 45 Downstairs…

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Herald Sun Review Of The Last Five Years

Herald Sun review of The Last Five Years

  • December 2, 2016
  • Arts

Review: The Last Five Years is a tender, passionate and heartbreaking story. Kate Herbert, November 28 2016 BE warned! If you are feeling vulnerable about love lost, then this intimate and poignant musical about the end of a marriage may…

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ArtsHub Review Of Deceptive Threads

ArtsHub review of Deceptive Threads

  • November 15, 2016
  • Arts

ArtsHub 13 November 2016 Melinda Keyte Rating: four stars out of five  One of the many signature gifts the mysterious guide, deviser and solo performer, David Joseph presents at fortyfivedownstairs’ season of Deceptive Threads is that, ’you are the person…

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Stage Whispers Review Of White Day Dream

Stage Whispers Review of White Day Dream

  • November 4, 2016
  • Arts

Suzanne Sandow Stage Whispers 3 November 2016 Intrinsic to White Day Dream is a whimsical set by Jennifer Tran made almost entirely of white plastic shopping bags, in fact the plastic bags extend to the auditorium. They are a marvelous…

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The Age Review Of Retro Futurismus

The Age review of Retro Futurismus

  • July 14, 2016
  • Arts

Cameron Woodhead The Age 10 July 2016 Pumping new world of Retro Futurismus erupts from left field. Brainchild of twins Anni and Maude Davey, the second incarnation of Retro Futurismus rockets into a galaxy of strange new horizons. Between them…

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The Age Review Of L’amante Anglaise

The Age review of L’amante anglaise

  • June 28, 2016
  • Arts

Cameron Woodhead The Age 27 June 2016 A woman, murdered. Dismembered body parts found on goods trains around France – all except the head. The head is never found. Each train passed under one common point: a viaduct near a…

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Stage Whispers Review Of Resident Alien

Stage Whispers review of Resident Alien

Patricia Di Risio Stage Whispers 27 May 2016 Paul Capsis as the legendary and iconic Quentin Crisp is nothing short of brilliant. His magnificent performance is equally matched by the direction and the staging of Fountain’s sharp and opulent script.…

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Stage Whispers Review Of Taxihi

Stage Whispers review of Taxihi

Stage Whispers Patricia Di Risio This is a gripping performance that will have your toes tapping and pull at your heartstrings all at the same time. Helen Yotis Patterson has written a truly exceptional piece of theatre and found true…

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The Australian Review Of Taxithi

The Australian review of Taxithi

Chris Boyd The Australian March 4 2016 Taxithi: An Australian Odyssey relates dreams of Greek community The unspoken word in this powerful and touching celebration of the Greek community in Australia is “refugee”. Aside from the initial waves of migration…

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The Age Review Of Taxithi

The Age review of Taxithi

Review from The Age by Cameron Woodhead: March 4, 2016 ★★★★ A moving tribute to the courage and resilience of migrants, and an open road into the Greek soul, Taxithi: An Australian Odyssey sprang from interviews Helen Yotis Patterson conducted with…

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The Australian ‘Triumph’ Review

The Australian ‘Triumph’ Review

Louris van de Geer’s Triumph at fortyfivedownstairs full of ideas Chris Boyd The Australian February 22, 2016 A small group of men and women gather in a community hall to share their experiences of a recent terrorist attack. After hearing…

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Theatre People Meeka Review

Theatre people Meeka review

Review from Theatrepeople by Adam Rafferty: February 8, 2016 Meekatharra in Western Australia’s remote mid-west is a naturally evocative Australian setting. Flat, red earth as far as the eye can see, dry, isolated and with a population of only about…

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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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Turner Canning Collective

Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune takes place in a one room walk-up apartment in the west side of New York City, two lonely, middle-aged people on a first date end up tumbling into bed, and…

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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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