fortyfivedownstairs supports experimental and thought-provoking work. We are daring in our choices, encouraging innovation and new ideas and are passionate about supporting new Australian theatre. We offer a high level of artist support, are heavily involved in the realisation of projects – often as either co-producer or increasingly, as a producer of work.
In 2019 fortyfivedownstairs will present a double bill season of Patricia Cornelius’ SHIT and LOVE, directed by Susie Dee, before they travel to Venice as the first Australian artists to ever be invited to the Teatro Biennale di Venezia.
After a critically-acclaimed, sold-out season in 2018, this year fortyfivedownstairs will present a return season of Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, starring theatre icon Max Gillies.
In 2018 fortyfivedownstairs presented the world premiere of Dan Lee’s play, Bottomless (Starring Uncle Jack Charles, Mark Coles Smith, Jim Daly, Julie Forsyth, Margaret Harvey, Alex Menglet and Mark Wilson and directed by Iain Sinclair). Written in 2013, Bottomless was developed by Playwriting Australia in both Melbourne and Broome, Melbourne Theatre Company and Red Stitch Actors Theatre. Dan won the RE Ross Trust Script Development Award for the play in 2014 and Bottomless was first read at fortyfivedownstairs in 2015.
Other recent inhouse productions include This is Eden (2017), DE STROYED (2017), SHIT (2016), Taxithi (2016), L’amante anglaise (2016) and Dreamers (2014).