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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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Master class is a master class

Maria Mercedes

Today’s performance of Master Class at fortyfive downstairs has sold out but if you book now, you might be able to get in before it finishes on Thursday. Terrance McNally’s play Master Class opened on Broadway in 1995. It’s based on the series of master classes presented by Maria Callas at the Julliard School in…

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The Long Pigs

The Long Pigs. Photo by Ponch Hawkes

Coulrophobia: fear of clowns. If you’ve never been scared of clowns and their silly red noses, you will be by the end of The Long Pigs. Rejected and broken by their own kind, the three long pigs (from the Melanesian Pidgin for “human flesh”) are so bitterly dark and absurdly…

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Miss Jugoslavia and The Barefoot Orchestra

Miss Jugoslavia and The Barefoot Orchestra

Miss Jugoslavia and The Barefoot Orchestra is a story of confusion, secrecy, bravery, escape and hope told through live and untamed Balkan jazz that’s led by the wildly wonderful Tania Bosak. Desribed as a composed theatre work, it’s created and written by Borsak and directed by Margaret Cameron and was…

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Savages bites

Savages

At the end of Savages, I had to joke about hoping that no one sees it on a first date because it was too uncomfortable to talk about its content.   Walking into 45downstairs, a sea of paper streamers and an imposing slanting deck beg for sunshine and a party, but I felt a…

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Glory Box Paradise

Glory Box, Moira Finucane. Photo by Carla Gottgens

“Art is fueled by passion, liquor and unrealistic expectations.” Welcome to Glory Box Paradise and the ninth year of Moira Finucane and Jackie Smith's subversive and celebratory burlesque where the passion is as potent as any cocktail and unrealistic expectations are turned into exquisite beauty. anabolics Is there anything left to be said…

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