fortyfivedownstairs is proud to present a rare double bill of Australian revivals this May, celebrating their rich relationship with Playwright Patricia Cornelius (whose plays Do not go gentle… and Savages premiered at fortyfivedownstairs) and Director Susie Dee (whose many fortyfivedownstairs productions include Savages, The Long Pigs and This is Eden).

The double bill opens with a new production of LOVE, directed by Dee for the first time, followed by SHIT, a return of the Green Room Award winning production that premiered in 2015 as part of the Melbourne Theatre Company’s NEON festival. SHIT was subsequently produced by fortyfivedownstairs and has since been programmed at Sydney Festival, Seymour Centre, Darwin Festival, and HotHouse Theatre.

It’s been an incredible year for Dee and Cornelius, with Dee awarded the Fringe Festival’s Living Legend Award in 2018, and Cornelius recently receiving both the prestigious international Windham Campbell prize worth over $200,000, and the Green Room Award for Lifetime Achievement.

After a 30-year vibrant collaboration, Dee and Cornelius are also thrilled to be the first Australians programmed as part of the Venice Biennale theatre program, where LOVE and SHIT will be presented from 27 – 29 July 2019. Following the Venice Biennale, SHIT will have its United Kingdom premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

A tough and vital play about three women at their most vulnerable, audacious and dangerous in a world that has forsaken them, SHIT is unsentimental, at times hilarious, and unashamedly provides a voice to women who are disregarded by society. SHIT reunites cast members Peta Brady, Sarah Ward and Nicci Wilks, winner of the Green Room Award for Best Ensemble.

A searing investigation into the notion of love by its very unloved and unlovable characters, LOVE uses hard-hitting, grungy poeticism to tell stories about the disenfranchised. This explosive incarnation will feature a new cast including Ben Nichols and two young First Nations actors, Carly Sheppard and Tahlee Fereday.

23 May- 9 June LOVE at fortyfivedownstairs (Melbourne, Australia)

Thu– Sat 7:30pm / Sun 5pm

29 May – 9 June SHIT and LOVE at fortyfivedownstairs (Melbourne, Australia)

SHIT Tue – Sat 7:30pm/ Sun 4pm | LOVE Tue – Sat 9pm / Sun 5:30pm

27 – 29 July SHIT and LOVE at Venice Biennale (Venice, Italy)
2- 26 August SHIT at Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Edinburgh, Scotland)