From cabaret, concerts and burlesque, to new Australian works and return seasons of past favourites, fortyfivedownstairs’ January-June season is as diverse as ever.

fortyfivedownstairs’ January-June season opens with three must see Midsumma offerings – recent Helpmann Award winner Michael Griffiths’ Lucky: Songs by Kylie, a celebration of Kylie Minogue that reunites Griffiths with his In Vogue and Sweet Dreams collaborator Dean Bryant; Small Cruelties, a theatrical telling of Willing’s yet to be released sophomore EP; and Melbourne’s first professional production of Tommy Murphy’s acclaimed and award winning play Strangers in Between, featuring Simon Burke and recent Helpmann Award winner Guy Simon, and directed by Green Room nominee Daniel Lammin.

fortyfivedownstairs also welcomes back several outstanding performers for a series of one-man tour de force performances. Under the direction of recent Green Room winner Susie Dee, Emily Goddard will reprise her “sensational” performance in This is Eden as part of the VCE playlist; Paul Capsis, who earned a Green Room nomination for his portrayal of the legendary Quentin Crisp, returns for a limited season of Resident Alien directed by Gary Abrahams, before embarking on a tour; and Jillian Murray, who stunned in three seasons of L’amante anglaise, presents her new show DE STROYED, inspired by the writings of Simon de Beauvoir and directed by Suzanne Chaundy

Rounding out the season is the Melbourne premiere of David Ives’ acclaimed Venus in Fur, presented by Lightning Jar Theatre and directed by Kirsten von Bibra; composer and musician Adam Simmons’ The Calling, the fourth in his The Usefulness of Art series; Holy Cow, inspired by Ulysses and presented as part of Bloomsday in Melbourne’s annual James Joyce celebration; and a new imagining of dynamic duo Maude and Anni Davey’s extravaganza Retro Futurismus, the perfect way to escape the Melbourne winter.

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