fortyfivedownstairs Announces Their Upcoming Events And Shows

Since 2002 fortyfivedownstairs, a not-for-profit organisation, has offered an evocative urban space and a personalised service to an eclectic mix of artists for theatre, visual arts, forum, music and dance .

A quality week ahead for fortyfivedownstairs

Theatre: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
Human Sacrifice Theatre
Until 30 May

"..fast paced forensic dueling, irreverent humour, moments of dramatic revelation.." Cameron Woodhead, The Age

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis is a magnificent courtroom drama, with a massive cast of 20, plus a live band. The production, directed by David Myles, is a remarkable experience, full of energy and with a wonderful group of character actors. Audiences have been on the edge of their seats, fascinated by the legal arguments- was Judas indeed responsible for the death of Christ?

A special deal for our email list!
Two tickets for the price of one to the performance on Wednesday 19 May only for the first three people to ring us on (03) 9662 9966. Telephone bookings only! Leave a message if you can't get through, we will take calls in chronological order (we're very fair!)

Tuesday - Saturday 7.30pm;Sundays 6pm
Tickets:$29/$24
Book online here

Gallery: Pip Stokes
A Shrine for Orpheus
Until 5 June

A Shrine for Orpheus created by Pip Stokes is an installation constructed from beeswax, honeycomb and honey - a beautiful meditation on transience, death and renewal.

"....the buzz of bees is turned into golden speech.....And golden speech dissolves to noise." Paul Carter

Contrary to most exhibitions, the gallery is softly spot lit - focusing one's attention on individual constructions, giving space to contemplate and reflect on the role of bees in our world, to enjoy the golden glow and fragrance of honey and beeswax.

Gallery: Josephine Do
China Weather Forecast
Until 22 May

This series of works by New Zealand/Hong Kong artist and academic Josephine Do combines aspects of traditional Chinese paintings with satellite photos and rosy propaganda figurative images; an intriguing combination of the contradictory images we hold of China today.

Do, who completed her Doctorate at Auckland's Elam School of Fine Arts in 2004, moved to Hong Kong in 2006, where she is raising a young family as well as lecturing at the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

Reading: Chipper
Nic Velissaris
Directed by Peta Hanrahan
Monday 24 May, 8pm

This is the second rehearsed reading and creative development of Nic Velissaris' play, set in Melbourne's western suburbs, and reflecting the widest view of this city's cultural diversity. Velissaris writes with a great quality of humour and poignancy, from his own experience of growing up in a fish and chip shop. A few years later the scene has changed dramatically, from predominately Greek and Italian migrants, to Middle Eastern and African communities. And when in doubt "keep frying"!

Entry: Gold Coin donation
Email us to RSVP

Gallery: Rebecca Jones
Open Water
25 May - 5 June

The series of drawings in Open Water explores Jones' fascination with the human form as it moves in the freedom and weightlessness of the ocean. These delicate charcoal and graphite drawings beautifully convey the energy of the sea, and the sensuous undulations of the swimmer's body.

Classical Concert: Stefan Cassomenos
Recital Series 2010
Saturday 5 June, 8pm

Rising star Stefan Cassomenos returns to perform the first of four recitals on our splendid piano. Stefan last appeared here as a member of the Yarra Trio which gave a number of hugely popular performances in 2008/2009. This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of both Chopin and Schumann, and Stefan will be paying tribute to these dazzling composers in each recital. More fireworks will be included with one of Prokoviev's great war sonatas in each programme.

Future concerts:
Monday 16 August, 8pm
Monday 20 September, 8pm
Monday 8 November, 8pm

Single Entry: $25/$20
Concert series $90/$70

For your Diary :

Theatre: Othello by The Kingsmen, 8 - 27 June

Bookings for all fortyfivedownstairs shows: www.fortyfivedownstairs.com tel 9662 9966

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