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September 2018

Lottie in the Late Afternoon

Amelia Roper
12 September, 2018 - 30 September, 2018

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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Manhattan Dreaming

Marco Luccio
25 September, 2018 - 20 October, 2018

A new collection of paintings and drypoints capturing Manhattan's lines, angles, moods and movement, with a spontaneity bordering on instinct.

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October 2018

Helyard’s Bach by Genesis Baroque

Genesis Baroque
1 October, 2018

Harpsichordist Dr Erin Helyard joins Genesis Baroque for a program of works by J.S. Bach’s two eldest sons.

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with Simon Starr
17 October, 2018

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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The Far North

Allan Wolf-Tasker
23 October, 2018 - 3 November, 2018

In this most recent exhibition, Allan leaves his studio in Daylesford for the vastly different Far North of Australia, an area he has visited with his wife Alla since the 1970s but never before captured on his canvas.

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Play Reading: Chekhov and the Lady

Judith Armstong
24 October, 2018

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

Max Gillies performs Beckett's meditation on time, memory and ageing.

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November 2018

SMALL! exhibition

8 November, 2018 - 17 November, 2018

fortyfivedownstairs has submissions from everyone for our first ever community-sourced small works exhibition, SMALL!

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BROKEN by Mary Anne Butler

Lab Kelpie
15 November, 2018 - 25 November, 2018

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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Yenbena Lotjpa: Ancestors Speak Out

Lee Darroch
20 November, 2018 - 1 December, 2018

A contemporary installation documenting and exploring a series of heart-wrenching letters and petitions written by the Ancestors to authorities in the 19th and 20th century.

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Keren Dobia, The Fashion Designer


Keren Dobia
20 November, 2018 - 1 December, 2018

A photographic portrait series of Australian creatives, exploring and depicting the diverse nature of those in the creative industry in a cinematic and stylised form.

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Bottomless by Dan Lee

28 November, 2018 - 14 December, 2018

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

Ignacio Palacios, 2017


The Light Collective
4 December, 2018 - 15 December, 2018

A photography exhibition posing the question: Coral or Coal. How do we meet our growing energy needs and still act responsibly towards the environment?

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La Mauvaise Réputation

The Boite
10 December, 2018

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

Recent Drawings

Barry Dickins
22 January - 2 February

Prolific Australian playwright Barry Dickins exhibits his steel nib drawings.

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

Michael Griffiths and Amelia Ryan
23 January - 27 January

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

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

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

Light. Ash. White

Evan Hancock
5 February - 16 February

Light. Ash. White is a black and white photographic narrative that captures the partial re-birthing amongst a landscape that still holds on to hectares of remnant white carcasses. The series marks the 10 year anniversary of Black Saturday in Victoria.

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Shape of Thought

Jo Dyer
5 February - 16 February

My practice is informed by processes of introspection and observation, and a particular interest in exploring my inner and outer worlds and how they shape each other.

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Mr Burns, a post-electric play

Lightning Jar Theatre
15 February - 10 March

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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Nature and Form

Greta Costello
19 February - 2 March

Nature and Form presents medium format and 35mm analogue photography. The aesthetic is minimalistic, with a strong awareness of composition, contrast and form.

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Chaohui Xie & Georgia Simitzis
19 February - 2 March

Residue pieces together the paintings and installations of Greek-born artist Georgia Simitzis and Chinese-born artist Chaohui Xie.

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March 2019

New York Postcards & Immaginario

Marco Luccio
5 March - 30 March

An exhibition of artwork on original postcards from New York, and new monotypes in the Small Gallery

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World Problems

Emma Mary Hall
13 March - 24 March

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

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

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Silk Mix

30 March - 1 April

Hermès welcomes you to Silk Mix – a temporary installation inspired by a record store.

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April 2019

On Beauty

Robbie Harmsworth
2 April - 27 April

A series of paintings and works on paper exploring the notion of beauty and transience with references to antiquity and mythology.

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I’m not a Robot

Fiona Colin
2 April - 27 April

A David Jones textile designer-turned painter presents a series of work exploring the line, tone, shape and colour of the world she sees.

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Tokos zenekar

The Boite
8 April

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

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

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

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Michael Pearce
30 April - 18 May

Unfolding introduces elements of dimension, light and shadow into pastel drawings through precise folding and embossing of parts of the paper.

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Janice Gobey
30 April - 18 May

An exhibition of oil paintings exploring the palpable anger in response to current economic uncertainty, environmental degradation, diminishing resources and inequality.

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May 2019

Mr Burns, a post-electric play | RETURN SEASON

Lightning Jar Theatre
1 May - 19 May

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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