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June 2018

Brave World

Retro Futurismus
21 June, 2018 - 8 July, 2018
fortyfivedownstairs theatre, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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The Feminista Supernovas of Retro Futurismus are back! “★★★★★ Brave World is a work of genius” - Theatre People

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Klezmania

The Boite
25 June, 2018
fortyfivedownstairs theatre, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Inspired by sadness and joy, Klezmania embraces the old and the new. Grounded in the present, yet steeped in Eastern European Jewish roots, their music looks ahead, evoking a conversation about passion and life, a journey from quiet intensity to wild delight.

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July 2018

Coral Browne: This F***ing Lady!

Genevieve Mooy
10 July, 2018 - 22 July, 2018
fortyfivedownstairs theatre, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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“Wit and charm bring Coral Browne’s fascinating life to light” - The Age

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The Kites of Tianjin

Adam Simmons
26 July, 2018 - 29 July, 2018
fortyfivedownstairs theatre, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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A magical new composition by Adam Simmons, inspired by the Chinese city’s renowned "Wei Kites".

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August 2018

Sneakyville

Christopher Bryant
1 August, 2018 - 12 August, 2018
fortyfivedownstairs theatre, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia

A daring new Australian work from writer Christopher Bryant and director Daniel Lammin.

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Fallen

Seanna van Helten
15 August, 2018 - 26 August, 2018
fortyfivedownstairs theatre, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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She Said Theatre presents a new Australian work, inspired by the history of a home for “fallen” women founded by Charles Dickens.

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Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

20 August, 2018
fortyfivedownstairs theatre, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Readings of the three shortlisted stories and the announcement of the winner. This prize honours the work of the great Australian writer Elizabeth Jolley.

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Dreams Echoing the Memories of Time

Pam Davison Visual Storyteller
29 August, 2018 - 8 September, 2018
fortyfivedownstairs theatre, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Dreams echoing the memory of time

An exhibition of photography, fashion, floristry and theatre by Pam Davison in collaboration with Linda Britten, Victoria Whitelaw and Cameron Menzies.

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September 2018

Lottie in the Late Afternoon

Amelia Roper
12 September, 2018 - 30 September, 2018
fortyfivedownstairs theatre, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Critically acclaimed Aussie, LA-based playwright and screenwriter Amelia Roper brings her hilarious new comedy home to Melbourne for its world premiere

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October 2018

Helyard’s Bach by Genesis Baroque

Genesis Baroque
1 October, 2018
fortyfivedownstairs theatre, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Harpsichordist Dr Erin Helyard joins Genesis Baroque for a program of works by J.S. Bach’s two eldest sons.

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Zourouna

with Simon Starr
17 October, 2018
fortyfivedownstairs theatre, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia

The exquisite, melismatic music of the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean, traditional and modern tunes from Israel, Turkey, Greece, Lebanon and Syria

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Play Reading: Chekhov and the Lady

Judith Armstong
24 October, 2018
45 Flinders Lane

Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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A rehearsed reading of a play based on Chekhov's final love affair.

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Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett

Max Gillies
31 October, 2018 - 11 November, 2018
fortyfivedownstairs theatre, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Max Gillies performs Beckett's meditation on time, memory and ageing.

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November 2018

BROKEN by Mary Anne Butler

Lab Kelpie
15 November, 2018 - 25 November, 2018
fortyfivedownstairs theatre, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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The Victorian premiere of Mary Anne Butler’s poetic, evocative play. Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama, the Northern Territory Literary Award for Best Script and the Victorian Prize for Literature.

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Bottomless by Dan Lee

fortyfivedownstairs
28 November, 2018 - 14 December, 2018
fortyfivedownstairs theatre, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia

Broome is a tropical paradise, but also home to the idiosyncratic Sober Up Centre. Written in response to his own experience of getting sober, Dan Lee's story moves between a chaotic night the Centre and a long past tragic incident.

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December 2018

La Mauvaise Réputation

The Boite
10 December, 2018
45 Flinders Lane

Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Celebrate the end of the year with a superb evening from French Gypsy Swing virtuosos, La Mauvaise Réputation, authentic interpreters of the wild rhythms, passion and beautiful melodies of classic French chanson from 1930s Paris.

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January 2019

Livvy & Pete: The Songs Of Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen

Michael Griffiths and Amelia Ryan
23 January - 27 January
45 Flinders Lane

Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Helpmann award winner Michael Griffiths and cabaret darling Amelia Ryan celebrate the songbooks of Aussie icons Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen. Part of Midsumma 2019.

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I Sing Songs

Steven Kreamer
23 January - 27 January
45 Flinders Lane

Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Award winning and prolific musical director Steven Kreamer finally steps out from behind the keys in this dazzling cabaret debut, singing songs about love, songs not about love, and even songs about songs. Part of Midsumma Festival 2019.

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Cock by Mike Bartlett

15 Minutes from Anywhere
30 January - 10 February
45 Flinders Lane

Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Hearts are on the line and everyone’s ready for a fight in Mike Bartlett’s razor-sharp comic drama. First seen in 2018, Beng Oh’s critically acclaimed production is back. Part of Midsumma Festival 2019.

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February 2019

Mr Burns, a post-electric play

Lightning Jar Theatre
15 February - 10 March
45 Flinders Lane

Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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What will become of our culture when the apocalypse comes? A darkly comic examination of how the stories we tell make us the people we are. Part of the 2019 VCE Drama Playlist.

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March 2019

World Problems

Emma Mary Hall
13 March - 24 March
45 Flinders Lane

Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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A funny and experimental depiction of our monolithic, interconnected world, created by multi-award-winning artist Emma Mary Hall.

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ABR Peter Porter Poetry Prize

Australian Book Review
18 March
45 Flinders Lane

Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia

An evening to celebrate the winner of the prestigious Peter Porter Poetry Prize

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Silk Mix

Hermès
30 March - 1 April
45 Flinders Lane

Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Hermès welcomes you to Silk Mix – a temporary installation inspired by a record store.

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April 2019

Tokos zenekar

The Boite
8 April
45 Flinders Lane

Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Catch the excitement of the pulsing melodies that inspired musicians and composers from Brahms and Bartok, to the present day, with an ensemble of musicians touring from Hungary.

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Liszt’s Italian Pilgrimage

Tristan Lee
11 April
45 Flinders Lane

Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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A rare opportunity to hear Liszt's cycle in its entirety, pianist Tristan Lee takes us through the composer's Italian pilgrimage.

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Collide ‘hors d’oeuvre’

Yelian He, Yasmin Rowe & Joseph Lallo
16 April
45 Flinders Lane

Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Collide returns to fortyfivedownstairs with an exciting new program of arrangements for cello, piano and saxophone.

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May 2019

Mr Burns, a post-electric play | RETURN SEASON

Lightning Jar Theatre
1 May - 19 May
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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After a completely sold-out season, Lightning Jar Theatre is thrilled to announce the return of Mr. Burns, a post-electric play for those who missed out first time around!

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LOVE by Patricia Cornelius

fortyfivedownstairs
23 May - 9 June
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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An unapologetic exploration of love and addiction. Audacious. Raw. In-your-face, LOVE is a work that talks about an Australia that is rarely explored on our stages.

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SHIT by Patricia Cornelius

fortyfivedownstairs
29 May - 9 June
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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SHIT, winner of four Green Room Awards, returns to fortyfivedownstairs after a sold-out season in 2016.

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June 2019

Travesties by Tom Stoppard

Bloomsday in Melbourne
12 June - 23 June
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Bloomsday in Melbourne return to fortyfivedownstairs to celebrate everything James Joyce.

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Songs and Dances with Sally-Anne Russell

Salon Project
25 June
fortyfivedownstairs theatre, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russell joins Salon Project for a beguiling concert of Songs and Dances.

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Perspectives

Yasmin Rowe
26 June
fortyfivedownstairs theatre, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Yasmin Rowe returns to fortyfivedownstairs with a stunning solo piano program ranging from the contemplative to the utmost joy and exhilaration.

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Benn Bennett Live

Benn Bennett
28 June
fortyfivedownstairs theatre, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia

Award-winning cabaret artist Benn Bennett returns to fortyfivedownstairs for one night only!

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July 2019

Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett

Max Gillies
2 July - 14 July
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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After a critically acclaimed season in 2018, Max Gillies returns to fortyfivedownstairs in Beckett's remarkable duet for solo performer and tape recorder.

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Play Reading: The Curtain

Daniel Keene
8 July
fortyfivedownstairs theatre, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Join us for a rehearsed reading of Daniel Keene's 'The Curtain' directed by Beng Oh

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