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SHORTS@45

SHORTS@45 is a new series of readings by authors and actors held every two months, celebrating  the best short story writing at home and overseas. We kick off in February 2015 with Love and Loss and contributors include Carrie Tiffany, Arnold Zable…

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Adolescent – featuring Michael Griffiths

"Go and see this show." Peter Burdon, The Advertiser ★★★★ 1/2 "Griffiths is an incredibly skilled performer and an absolute charmer." Bobby Goudie, The Clothesline "The show might be called Adolescent but there is nothing immature about this performance. Griffiths...…

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Adnan Baraké

Syrian composer and oud player Adnan Baraké draws on middle-eastern and western traditions in search of a unique musical voice. Strongly influenced by traditional Arabic music, Adnan explores country, bluegrass and classical styles to create contemporary sounds on this ancient…

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Keringke Arts

Experience the bold, cultural colours of Keringke. Various Keringke Artists have developed this painting style over twenty five years. It is most identifiable from the intricate detail and high colour. Keringke Arts is Aboriginal owned and operated. Visit Keringke's website…

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Penelope Metcalf

Whether working in her studio or in front of her kitchen cupboard, Metcalf adopts a plein-air approach and transforms her still life compositions into little landscapes. The result is a series of oil on timber paintings that find drama and…

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First Dog on the Moon

"Marsupialiminal - The world is terrible. Furry animals, intrepid chickens, talking pizza. A spring roll argues with a fox terrier at the opera. Spending the last 7 years as a full time professional political cartoonist has given me a unique…

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Redemption

Redemption is the gripping story of two priests who harbour a terrible secret. One night in a remote country parish - Ben arrives at the home of Terry – his life long mentor and close friend of a retired Monsignor,…

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Dayne Trower

This new series of maquettes by Dayne Trower is a study into the modifications made to the natural ground for the purpose of a new dwelling. An elongated site with a gentle incline is excavated, levelled and retained through the…

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Julie Poulsen

NORTH excerpts and essays meander the wide-ranging north Queensland landscape from Julie Poulsen’s home town of Cairns to the Atherton Tablelands onto Cooktown via the Savannah Way. The interpreted views are mixed elucidations: a broad perspective of the far north…

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Louisa Ennis-Thomas

in/animate investigates tensions between nature and culture. Informed by both art and science, Louisa Ennis-Thomas’ biomorphic installations explore recurring themes of transformation, symbiosis and temporality. Humans are antithetically at odds with, yet inextricably linked to nature. Mimicking aspects of the…

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A Short History of Western Music

ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the year, Hoang Pham will perform twelve eternal masterpieces from J.S. Bach (1685-1750) to Thomas Adès (1971- present) in chronological order. Each work will be discussed by pianist Sean Hennessy-Brose, who will focus on how to…

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Silhouettes, inside outside

Silhouettes, inside outside brings together classical musicians, visual artists, silhouettes, shadow art, the audience and the space within and without a giant three-sided canvas. You can listen, you can watch, or you can grab a brush and make your mark…

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Jo Daniell

Documented in such diverse locations as Svalbard, Iceland, the Mornington Peninsula and the Southern Ocean, Weather by Jo Daniell explores the power that nature exerts over the landscape. Works are made in black and white to heighten the elemental drama…

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Geoffrey Falk

PILBARA - An ancient red land being “towed away” because it’s made of pure iron. The beauty of the place hits you like a fist sized rock from the back of a road train or being attacked by a bunch…

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THE JOURNEY

The Journey is a tender and illuminating play about one of the most emotional and controversial issues of our time - infertility. A two-hander, directed by Brenda Palmer and featuring Carolyn Masson and Sarah Ranken, it focuses on the intimate relationship between…

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Studio Visit & Guided Walking Tour

James Yuncken returns to fortyfivedownstairs with his latest exhibition Places Nearby.

As part of his exhibition, James will be taking a select group on a private walking tour of the Fitzroy precinct and visit to his artist studio.

Meeting at the BlackCat in Fitzroy at 10.30am Saturday 6 September, you will take a short walk through laneways and street art to his artist studio on Little Smith Street. From there James will conduct a ‘show and tell’ of his studio over a light brunch. Take a leisurely half hour walk through Gertrude Street shops and Fitzroy gardens, finishing at fortyfivedownstairs where you will be served a glass of tipple on arrival and have James personally talk you through his exhibition.

Please email jade@fortyfivedownstairs.com to book.

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Ivana Perkins

For over 30 years Ivana Perkins has been inspired by the changing landscape of her environment; the shape, texture and colour of organic forms has always intrigued her. This approach to art-making connects her with the instincts and artifacts of…

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The Sound Of Waves

"... remarkable theatre that explores one artist's journey between two worlds in all its isolation and wonder, frustration and humour." - The Age Meet Shelly, a ‘normal’ girl who finds herself becoming more and more fish-like every day. Join her…

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Kate Durham

Read THE AGE's interview with Kate HERE "I return to jewellery in this exhibition, but it is a far cry from the exuberant and noisy youth I celebrated in the 1980s. My ‘grown up’ jewellery is just as talkative but…

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DREAMERS

★★★★ 1/2 Andrew Fuhrmann, Australian Book Review "Dreamers showcases hope in stunning cast led by Helen Morse" Rebecca Harkins-Cross, The Age "Dreamers is a perfect example of strong writing, acting, and directing coming together to create a highly memorable theatrical experience…

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James Yuncken

James Yuncken returns to fortyfivedownstairs with Places Nearby; an exhibition that captures scenes of inner Melbourne at a time in its history when self-confidence is flowering like perhaps never before. The cultural cringe is in recession and we have attained…

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Flashpoint Readings

The R E Ross Trust Playwrights' Script Development Awards are designed to foster Victoria's theatre industry by providing support to Victorian-based writers to develop their play scripts. Over the past decade the Awards have produced many wonderful new plays – and…

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PARADE – all performances have SOLD OUT!

★★★★1/2 ArtsHub ★★★★ Theatre People Atlanta, Georgia. 1913. Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jew, is put on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. With the whole town screaming for justice, his only defenders…

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Vivien Anderson Gallery presents

Contemporary Australian Indigenous art from The Torres Strait, Tasmania, Victoria, East Kimberley and South Australia featuring Ricardo Idagi, Vicki West, Maree Clarke, Phyllis Thomas, Peggy Patrick & James Tylor. North South East West is an exhibition that spans the continent…

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press, play

After the Light sees three of Melbourne’s most acclaimed and diverse artists come together for the birth of new project press, play. The universes of pianist Sonya Lifschitz, percussionist Leah Scholes and flutist Lina Andonovska have collided as they set…

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Master Class 2014 – new season on sale now (2015)

★★★★★ "awe-inspiring performance" The Age "Maria Mercedes... is sensational as Maria Callas" Australian Book Review “masterfully directed” Theatre Press “this play cast a spell…Bravo.” Australian Stage Inspired by Maria Callas’ famous 1971 visit to New York’s Juilliard School of Music, Master…

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THE SEAFARER

“very funny… impressively tense” TimeOut Melbourne ★★★★★ “beautifully constructed, atmospheric piece of theatre... I highly recommend it” Melbourne.Arts.Fashion “a riveting production of this impeccably paced & often funny play” The Age It’s Christmas Eve and James ‘Sharky’ Harkin, battling alcoholism,…

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