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May 2017

The Fraud, or The Rise and Fall of A to Z – Play Reading

3 May, 2017

A live reading and one-night-only first airing of a new play from award winning playwright Sofia Chapman.

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Awakening by Daniel Lammin

10 May, 2017 - 21 May, 2017

Returning after its acclaimed debut season at Trades Hall in 2016, Awakening is a new adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s masterpiece Spring Awakening.

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Shrine by Tim Winton

24 May, 2017 - 18 June, 2017

From the multi award-winning writer of Cloudstreet comes an otherworldly theatrical event that shines a light on the tangled bonds of one Australian family.

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June 2017

Rose Paez Band

5 June, 2017

Join the gorgeous Rose Paez and her band, with the new music rage, Cumbia.

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Poetic License

20 June, 2017 - 24 June, 2017

Poetic License is a cross-art form, inter-generational performance about the power and limitations of words.

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The Rapture

29 June, 2017 - 16 July, 2017

Moira Finucane's The Rapture writhes through a visual feast of prophecy, Gothic dreams, birds of prey, soaring wings, apocalyptic fairy tales, soul-searing music and physical madness.

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July 2017

The Book of Revelations

19 July, 2017 - 30 July, 2017

Directed by Nancy Black, some of Melbourne's leading talents combine sound, visuals and performance to create a startling world full of wonder, terror - and joy.

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August 2017

Looking Glass by Louris van de Geer

2 August, 2017 - 13 August, 2017

a frightening portrait of a family stuck looking to the 'other' to define its 'self'.

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The Usefulness of Art

24 August, 2017 - 27 August, 2017

The second in Adam Simmons' concert series. This suite celebrates the qualities that art helps engender, including acceptance, empathy, generosity, compassion and faith.

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September 2017

Angels in America by Tony Kushner

1 September, 2017 - 24 September, 2017

For the first time in 23 years, Melbourne audiences will have the chance to experience the full magnitude of Tony Kushner's ground-breaking masterpiece.

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Kavisha Mazzella: The Fearless Note

11 September, 2017

A chance to luxuriate in Kavisha’s warm, passionate vocals.

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October 2017

Romantic Piano Masterpieces

1 October, 2017

Tristan Lee and Gintaute Gataveckaite return to fortyfivedownstairs with a program of the much-loved Romantics

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2 October, 2017

Leading exponents of Klezmer music and Yiddish song, Klezmania take the European tunes they grew up with and extend the boundaries across many other musical styles.

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Three of a Kind: Alexander, Colin and Ted Nettelbeck

4 October, 2017

Three jazz pianists: brothers Colin and Ted, and Colin’s son Alexander, perform together in public for the first time.

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Taxithi 2: Metanastes – The Immigrants

11 October, 2017

The second instalment of Taxithi: An Australian Odyssey - a rehearsed reading and fundraiser.

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A Night of Poetry and Music for Barry Jones

12 October, 2017

A night of poetry and music to celebrate Barry Jones' birthday.

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November 2017

Birdcage Thursdays by Sandra Fiona Long

2 November, 2017 - 12 November, 2017

A dark and humorous new Australian theatre work about isolation and excess in modern life.

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Rainbow Man by Peter Dawncy

15 November, 2017 - 26 November, 2017

A tale of many tales.

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Earshot, by Kate Hunter and collaborators.


29 November, 2017 - 3 December, 2017

Everyone is listening.

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December 2017

Travelling Tales

7 December, 2017 - 10 December, 2017

The third concert in Adam Simmons' 'The Usefulness of Art' concert series and a Melbourne premiere.

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La Mauvaise Reputation

11 December, 2017

Be transported to the parties of Paris in the 1930s

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Beethoven’s Birthday with Tristan Lee

Beethoven’s Birthday with Tristan Lee & Gina Gataveckaite

17 December, 2017

A program of three of the great sonatas written between 1801 and 1804 to celebrate the composer's birthday.

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January 2018

Lucky: Songs by Kylie

17 January - 21 January

Helpmann award winner Michael Griffiths explores the songs and stories of Kylie Minogue.

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Small Cruelties

18 January - 20 January

During Midsumma Festival for three nights only, Willing presents a theatrical telling of his yet to be released sophomore EP.

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Strangers in Between by Tommy Murphy

24 January - 11 February

A contemporary Australian classic from the playwright of 'Holding the Man'.

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February 2018

This is Eden by Emily Goddard

14 February - 25 February

A limited return season of an extraordinary work that examines our dark past. Part of the 2018 VCE Drama Playlist.

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The Ones by Peter Rose

26 February

A reading of three new short works by Peter Rose presented in our gallery.

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SARAY Iluminado

28 February

SARAY Iluminado play new interpretations of Sevdah (traditional folk music) from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Jewish Sephardic music from the Balkans.

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March 2018

None but the Lonely Heart

2 March

Young Greek-Cypriot Australian Soprano, Christiana Aloneftis, performs an exciting and eclectic program in our theatre.

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Venus in Fur by David Ives

9 - 9 March
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until 24 March, 2018

One event on 18 February, 2018 at 2:00pm

An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Sunday, repeating until 18 March, 2018

A whip-smart exploration of sexual politics, gender and power.

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ABR Peter Porter Poetry Prize

19 March

Please join us as we announce the winner of the 2018 ABR Peter Porter Poetry Prize

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An Evening with Sam Shepard

25 - 25 March
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One event on 26 March, 2018 at 7:30pm

One event on 27 March, 2018 at 7:30pm

HSTheatre presents 'I Lost Track of Time', a celebration of the writings of Sam Shepard.

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April 2018

La Serenissima by Genesis Baroque

Genesis Baroque
23 April

Genesis Baroque takes us on a journey to 18th century Venice, with works by Vivaldi, Ziani, and Giacomelli.

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May 2018

The Calling

Adam Simmons
3 May - 6 May

The fourth installment in Adam Simmons' 'The Usefulness of Art' series.

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Resident Alien by Tim Fountain

Cameron Lukey presents
9 May - 13 May

Paul Capsis returns for a limited season in his "astonishing" performance as Quentin Crisp.

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