Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy is a year-round independent theatre program. Now in its third year, Speakeasy pesents creative and challenging contemporary performances by emerging and established artists.
The Speakeasy program is presented at Northcote Town Hall and features artists from across Melbourne and beyond.
The program also includes a performance development program. If you are a performance artist and would like to find out more, please visit our Performance Development page.
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REPLICA by Stephanie Lake Company
25 Apr - 5 May, 2018
Presented by Darebin Arts Speakeasy and Stephanie Lake Company in Association with CultureLink, Singapore Replica is a dynamic new dance work by Stephanie Lake Company which brings together a creative team of leading Australian artists and an international cast including Christina Chan (Singapore) and Aymeric Bichon (France). Two figures emerge from the darkness and enter a...
CRUNCH TIME by Counterpilot
3 May - 12 May, 2018
A Next Wave x Metro Arts co-commission in association with Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy Tough decisions must be made, but at the end of the day we’ve all got to eat. Crunch Time is a performative dinner party designed to model the processes of democracy. Seated around a projector-mapped dining table, participant diners use interactive tools to vote for every ingredient used in an...
SEER by House of Vnholy
3 May - 8 May, 2018
Death becomes you or it doesn’t… What would you do if you had a choice between living or losing yourself to the darkness? Part two of a trilogy by experimental theatre artist House of Vnholy, this poetic interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story Shadow – a parable navigates through time and space, and the dark depths of the theatre. Stark and gothic, this intimate, immersive...
Next Wave 2018
3 May - 20 May, 2018
BABY CAKE Yuhui Ng-Rodriguez & Kerensa Diball Presented as part of Next Wave WED 9 - SUN 13 MAY Two performers, one baby. One life, one choice. Your hosts, Kerensa and Yuhui, are women of childbearing age. One is a mother. The other is not. Both are acutely aware this single decision has the power to alter the course of one’s entire life. Baby Cake slips...
BABY CAKE by Yuhui Ng-Rodriguez and Kerensa Diball
9 May - 13 May, 2018
Two performers, one baby. One life, one choice. Your hosts, Kerensa and Yuhui, are both women of childbearing age. One is a mother. The other is not. Both are acutely aware that single decision has the power to alter the course of one’s entire life. This compelling live performance slips between the autobiographical and the absurd, the banal and the surreal, the conversational and...
JUPITER ORBITING by Joshua Pether
10 May - 13 May, 2018
A Next Wave x PICA co-commission in association with Darebin Arts Speakeasy Independent creator and performer of Kalkadoon heritage, Joshua Pether, takes us on a sci-fi adventure that opens up a new world filled with surreal and fantastical realities – questioning perceptions of what is real and what is not. In his second solo work, Pether combines movement, sound and...
mi:wi by Taree Sansbury
16 May - 20 May, 2018
mi:wi is a new dance theatre work that will show a world where past and future are intertwined using contemporary indigenous dance technique and the cultural practice of weaving from the Ngarrindjeri people of South Australia. As Mother Nature’s fate hangs by a thread, we find ourselves scrambling for a lifeline. Though sometimes tangled, the connection back to our ancestry might...
THE TALK by Mish Grigor
4 Jul - 14 Jul, 2018
My brother came out after an episode of ‘The L Word’. As the credits closed on Carmen going down on a leggy blonde in a nightclub, he said, “I’m like that. I do that.” My mother and I looked at each other, confused. “Cunnilingis?” I offered, and laughed. “No!” He...
RAINBOW VOMIT by Dancenorth
13 Jul - 14 Jul, 2018
Wear your very own pair of kaleidoscopic fireworks glasses and experience the magic and wonder of this mind-blowing interactive dance show. Dancenorth invites you to enter into a space of tangled imagination, where light and sound collide and much more than colour erupts from the darkness. Rainbow Vomit is a visually stunning work by leading Australian dance company,...
CONTEST written by Emilie Collyer
25 Jul - 4 Aug, 2018
Come to play, come to win or don’t come at all I don’t know when I first saw it / In a memory, a premonition, or a dream. It was a house and it was on fire / I was the house and I was on fire. A suburban netball team. A new player. Cass says she wants to fit...
OIL BABIES by Lab Kelpie
8 Aug - 18 Aug, 2018
Presented by Darebin Arts Speakeasy & Lab Kelpie As the extinction of the human race looms, three women cycle for our lives. An exciting contemporary work blending narrative, durational exertion, science and technology, Oil Babies explores the complexities of our relationship to both climate change...
PRIZE FIGHTER - La Boite Theatre
9 Oct - 20 Oct, 2018
a La Boite Theatre and Brisbane Festival Production by Future D. Fidel Presented by Darebin Arts Speakeasy and Melbourne Festival Get ringside for a rare theatrical combo: engrossing storytelling paired with the visceral thrill of live boxing. Fleeing the Congo as a child, playwright Future D. Fidel lived in a Tanzanian refugee camp for eight years before being granted...