Darebin Arts Speakeasy
Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy is a year-round independent arts presentation program. Now in its eighth year, Speakeasy presents creative and challenging contemporary performances by emerging and established artists. The Speakeasy program is presented at Northcote Town Hall and Darebin Arts Centre and features artists from across Melbourne and beyond. The program also includes a performance development program. Keep an eye out for development support through the ‘Opportunities’ page.
There are many Green Travel options to attend our shows, click here for information on Green Travel to the Northcote Town Hall and here for the Darebin Arts Centre.
We are thrilled to be able to share our program with you, please read below to see what’s happening on our stages until June 2021!
After having a year of ‘pivoting’ to the online space, we have a CHOCK-A-BLOCK 2021 full of COVID safe shows. You’ll see some shows that were gearing up for 2020 presentations when COVID hit and some that we have quietly being brewing behind the scenes. Jam-packed with provocative, contemporary and powerful shows about the world we find ourselves in today and created by award winning artists from across the country, this season is going to be absolute cracker.
And stay tuned for more 2021 shows to be announced in the coming months.
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REFERENCE MATERIAL by Alisdair Macindoe
14 Apr - 24 Apr, 2021
An irreverent dance work that asks, can artists compete with the internet? REFERENCE MATERIAL is a new dance work from choreographer, Alisdair Macindoe, exploring the process and history of dance making in the age of narcissism and digital interdependence. Sitting somewhere between a lecture, a stand-up show, a guided tour and a dance recital, REFERENCE MATERIAL is a chaotic and humorous...
EVERYONE IS FAMOUS by Riot Stage
21 Apr - 1 May, 2021
Nine young folk wade through the wasteland of the internet to find themselves. The internet is the Wild West. Persona in 2021 is post-ironic, post-truth, post and delete, pre-apocalypse and politically charged. It is freeing, it is constricting, it is genderbending/breaking/ignoring. It is Cardi, it is catfishers, it is completely new, it is Hype House, it is Rachel Dolezal, it is red vs....
MISSION SONGS PROJECT by Jessie Lloyd
1 May, 2021
Searching for the secular songs that were sung after church, Jessie Lloyd explores the day to day life on the missions, settlements and reserves through music. Presented as an acoustic trio, Jessie Lloyd takes audiences on a musical journey across Australia. She engages through intimate storytelling, moving harmonies and historical insights. Using humour and truth to share the voices of...
CONSIDERABLE SEXUAL LICENSE by Joel Bray
5 May - 15 May, 2021
Come in, find a spot, slip into something more comfortable. Let all those inhibitions go baby, we’re gonna get…pre-colonial. Join, proud Wiradjuri man Joel Bray and a talented team of collaborators including Carly Sheppard, Dan Ewell and Niharika Senepati for a flirty, occasionally filthy and deeply passionate look at the true history of sensuality ‘down under’. Through...
ARCHIMEDES WAR by Melissa Reeves. Directed by Susie Dee
9 Jun - 19 Jun, 2021
What happens when our games are about war, and war is played like a game? Fifteen-year-old Arki can’t shake the dead bodies of the players he’s killed in his online combat games. His mother takes him to a psychiatrist who thinks he has PTSD. In her quest to help her son, she turns to those involved in real world war afflictions. ARCHIMEDES WAR is a dark comedy exploring the...