FORTYFIVEDOWNSTAIRS ANNOUNCES 2019 JULY-DECEMBER SEASON
fortyfivedownstairs and La Mama present
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
Adapted for the stage and directed by Peta Hanrahan
17 – 28 July
★★★★ ‘This luminous, accessible production captures the beauty of Woolf’s prose and the complexity of her ideas [and] gives her potent words vivid voice.’ – The Age.
Following a sold-out premiere season, Sentient Theatre’s A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf returns, shining a light on our history with astounding relevance to contemporary society.
The Ghetto Cabaret
1 – 18 August
A powerful new cabaret featuring Yiddish songs written in the Jewish ghettos of WWII. Full of songs unheard of for decades, The Ghetto Cabaret speaks of the wit, courage and chutzpah of a people struggling to stay alive, as they reveal the spirit of resistance against fascism. Created by Galit Klas and directed by Gary Abrahams (Angels in America, 33 Variations).
Fly – a chamber opera
Composed by Barry Conyngham with libretto by Murray Copland
25 August – 1 September
Melbourne’s award winning, boutique opera company presents this Australian work about Lawrence Hargrave: explorer, engineer, inventor and the man on the twenty dollar note. He led the world in the race to fly. This production features an outstanding cast, chamber orchestra and installation-style design based on Hargrave’s own inventions.
Finucane & Smith present
Moira Finucane’s Rapture: Art vs Extinction
4 – 29 September
Moira Finucane, globally acclaimed performance shapeshifter, returns from the glaciers of Antarctica via Prague and Berlin, unleashing her next stormfront The Rapture: Chapter II. The smash-hit party on the edge of the abyss just got wilder. Art vs Extinction. The transcendent synaesthetic emporium of gothic-erotic dreams, soul-searing music, skin-shedding tales and gesamtkunstwerk.
Around the Moon Productions presents
Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan
22 – 27 October
When you can’t trust the law, who can you trust? A Manhattan apartment lobby becomes purgatory for four New Yorkers tangled up in a murder investigation. A young security guard clashes with his controlling boss, an idealistic rookie cop, and her volatile senior partner in a play of suspense, humour, and compromised morality.
The Year of Magical Thinking
30 October – 17 November
Following the continuing success of L’amante anglaise, Green Room Award winners Jillian Murray and Laurence Strangio re-join forces to present Joan Didion’s remarkable memoir The Year of Magical Thinking – a highly personal account of loss through the lens of hope.
‘You don’t want to think it could happen to you. That’s why I’m here.’
Lab Kelpie presents
20 November – 1 December
It’s the mid-90s, and everyone in this booming regional factory town has a bright, rich future… right? The third collaboration between Lab Kelpie and AWGIE winning playwright Katy Warner (A Prudent Man, Spencer), Refined is a raw, funny and in-your-face look into adolescence, broken dreams and what happens to people when the economic lifeline of a town begins to fade.
patalog theatre presents
4 – 15 December
Intelligent. Articulate. F***ed. Tucked away in a grammar school library, the dreaded exam period looming, seven students on the cusp of adulthood humiliate and lustfully toy with each other, their latent fury skirting dangerously close to the surface. Directed by Iain Sinclair (MTC’s A View from the Bridge), this is the professional Melbourne premiere of Simon Stephens’ explosive play.
Monday 5 August, 6.30pm
Monday 26 August, 7pm
Project with haBiBis and SARAY Iluminado present a night of Greek, Sephardic,
Jewish and Bosnian music
Monday 7 October, 7pm
for the End of Timeft.
Tuesday 8 October, 7pm
Thursday 10 October, 7.30pm