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World Problems

12 March - 24 March

Emma Mary Hall presents

World Problems

12 – 24 March 2019

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★★★★ ‘Brain-prodding, riveting theatre… genius’
(for ‘We May Have to Choose’)The Age



12 – 24 March 2019

Tuesday 12 March
Wednesday 13 March
opening night: Thursday 14 March
duration: 55 minutes
Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm
Sunday 5pm
ticket price: $25 – $35
bookings: 03 9662 9966

warnings: contains coarse language

‘I remember Pussy Riot, and Treaty. I remember the history books I started and never finished. I remember the beetles that wouldn’t stop breeding. The knocks on the door after midnight. The loss of the arctic. The death of George Clooney…’

Written and performed across Melbourne and Amsterdam by multi-award winning artist Emma Mary Hall, World Problems is a funny and poetic reflection of our monolithic, interconnected world. Inspired by the German pop-historian Oswald Spengler, the feminist theorist Donna Haraway, and the multi-million-billion-trillion lifeforms living and dying together in our biosphere.

Emma is an actor, writer and theatre-maker from Adelaide, now based in Melbourne. She has written, performed and toured two award-winning and critically acclaimed solo works: We May Have to Choose (2015) and Ode to Man (2017), both directed by Prue Clark. We May Have to Choose was nominated for eight theatre awards and won five, including the Melbourne Festival Discovery Award and Best Theatre award at Auckland Fringe. It has most recently appeared at the Asociación Cultural Peruano Británica in Lima, Peru. Ode to Man received the Best Emerging Writer award and a nomination for Best Performance at 2017 Melbourne Fringe, and recently appeared at 2018 Brisbane Festival.


This season is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.

Writer and performer: Emma Mary Hall
Dramaturg: Prue Clark
Stage Manager: Piper Huynh
Set Designer: Fleur Dean
Composer: SS.Sebastian
Lighting Designer: Rachel Lee
Producer: Asha Bee Abraham

Ticket Prices:

Preview: $25
Full weekends*:
Full weekdays:
Concession weekends*: $30
Concession weekdays: $26
School students: $25
(1 x teacher comp offered for every 10 students: contact fortyfivedownstairs at info@fortyfivedownstairs or 03 9662 9966)
Early Bird discount: $30 (weekends) / $26 (weekdays) available for performances 15 – 20 March

*Weekend ticket prices include a 60 minute workshop and discussion after the performance – please see ‘workshops‘ tab for more information


Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members



The performance season will be accompanied by a public events program, offering post-show workshops and discussions. These workshops will offer facilitated, practical conversations on themes related to the performance including the psychology of change, futurist gardening, and the place of art in societal transformation. Please note: more information on individual workshop topics and presenters coming soon!

Weekend ticket prices include admission to workshop.

Workshop dates:
Saturday 16 March
Sunday 17 March
Saturday 23 March
Sunday 24 March


12 March
24 March
Event Category:


03 9662 9966


Emma Mary Hall


fortyfivedownstairs theatre
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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03 9662 9966
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