Articles on ‘fortyfivedownstairs’
Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company is a show for anyone who’s ever had a relationship: it’s witty, sexy and devastatingly honest at its core. The text was written in 1970 so deals very overtly with marriage – which in itself is interesting in context of our national conversation about marriage equality. But at a more basic level,… Read more.
Written and performed by James McCaughey, Conversations with the Gods about their Deaths & Other Matters (Part I) is a series of stylish (and somewhat bizarre) monologues based around our fraught relationship with the deities we have worshipped through history. The simple set design effectively establishes the scene for this confrontation: four empty chairs on… Read more.
Jane Miller completed Cuckoo as part of the Masters of Writing for Performance at VCA. Produced with the support of fortyfivedownstairs, it’s beautiful writing that lets hope shine in its blackness and continues to establish Miller as one of Melbourne’s most exciting independent writers. Mel (Natalie Carr) and Leo (Matthew Molony) are a middle-aged couple talking about their freedom… Read more.
Don Reid’s Young & Jackson is a tribute play of sorts. It’s a testimonial to Melbourne during World War II, to the pub it’s named after, and to the play that follows (Codgers, also by Reid). As such, it’s difficult to place Young & Jackson as a stand-alone work. There’s more than a few nods… Read more.
Two years ago, Melbourne based production company Watch This barely even existed. Now, after two highly acclaimed productions, 11 Green Room Award nominations, a successful regional tour and a passion for creating first-class, engaging work, they are ready to take the theatre world by storm. Each individual triumph that Watch This has achieved over the… Read more.
Written by the agitprop and comedic mastermind Dario Fo, Johan Padan and the Discovery of the Americas is Hoy Polloy and Terra Incognita’s re-telling of the Christopher Columbus voyage. The story follows one Venetian fugitive, Johan Padan (Steve Gome) an unwitting explorer, who meets hundreds of characters, learns new languages and imparts some all-important lessons… Read more.
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 English, Marco Chiappi and Brigid… Read more.
Melbourne’s newest professional theatre company The Collective are making waves in the independent music theatre scene this week, with the opening of their debut production Parade, by Jason Robert Brown. Staged at the little space that could, fortyfive downstairs, this production features some of Australia’s brightest music theatre talent in a cast led by Rob Guest Endowment finalist… Read more.
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 New York in 1971, which… Read more.
Maude Davey is a theatre maker and performance artist whose body is as recognisable as her face. This week Davey will once again perform her hit solo show My Life in the Nude as part of ENCORE – a new creative partnership between Melbourne’s La Mama theatre and fortyfivedownstairs. Aussie Theatre’s Bethany Simons took some time… Read more.