45Downstairs: Dreamers

Dreamers. Photo by  Jeff Busby. Jonathan Taylor, Natasha Herbert, Nicholas Bell, Paul English, Marco Chiappi and Brigid Gallacher

I wasn’t in Melbourne when the Keene/Taylor project was the darling of this city’s independent theatre scene (1997–2002), so it’s a joy to see Mary Lou Jelbart’s fortyfivedownstairs brings writer Daniel Keene and director Ariette Taylor back together with Dreamers. Dreamers. Photo by Jeff Busby. Jonathan Taylor, Natasha Herbert, Nicholas Bell, Paul…

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New Ridiculusmus show opens tonight at Arts House

David Woods. Photo by Jemima Yong

The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland by UK-based theatre company Ridiculusmus open tonight at the Arts House Meat Market. Kevin Turner sat down with Co-Artistic Director David Woods, who makes up the main “artistic double act” with Jon Haynes, and talked about how a mental health treatment practised in…

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Tomás Ford: The Final Chase


Award-winning cabaret artist Tomas Ford promises to leave audiences shaken, stirred and thoroughly entertained when he brings his hit Edinburgh Fringe spy thriller The Final Chase to the Butterfly Club on Wednesday 19th November. The Final Chase is a noir-as-hell comedy cabaret featuring the suave Australian spy (Ford) chasing down…

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Life Like: Passion

Photo by Ben Fon

I’m still having trouble believing that 1994’s Passion is a Sondheim–Lapine creation, let alone that it won a small pile of Tony Awards. As it’s so rarely performed, I’m not the only one who thinks so. New Melbourne company Life Like chose it as their debut piece. There are enough Sondheim diehards in town to…

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Make a difference! Join our team and contribute to student engagement at the University of Melbourne through the provision of Artistic leadership for Union House Theatre (UHT). An opportunity currently exists for an Artistic Director/Theatre Coordinator within the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) who will be responsible for developing…

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