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.
We are thrilled to be able to share our program with you, please read below to see what’s happening on our stages until October 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.
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Darebin Arts Speakeasy 2022 Applications - Presentations and Developments
26 Jul - 23 Aug, 2021
Applications for Darebin Arts Speakeasy program are now open for 2022 Development and Presentations. Please read the Guidelines document can be downloaded here: Speakeasy 2022 Dev and Pres Guidelines. Technical specifications of the venues are here: Northcote Town Hall Technical Specifications 2021 Darebin Arts Centre Technical Specifications 2021 How to apply: Applications are...
ARCHIMEDES WAR by Melissa Reeves. Directed by Susie Dee
10 Aug - 20 Aug, 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...
SECURITY by Michele Lee. Directed by Ra Chapman
29 Sep - 9 Oct, 2021
Stand. Watch. Protect. Repeat – but what happens when it all goes to shit? Working security is a fight most days. It’s the female security guards at Thompson Security – Naz, Tribe and Joey – who work on the front-lines to keep it all in line. But the shit hits the fan when they witness the sexual assault of a wealthy female client. So life, and work, goes on. Same drill but...
NO MORE SUGAR, NO MORE TEA by Richard J Frankland
26 Oct - 30 Oct, 2021
NO MORE SUGAR, NO MORE TEA is a contemporary opera exploring the changes that take place when life is decimated by war: people become fringe dwellers, homeless, impoverished, and cultural authority is smashed to pieces. Told through letters from First Nations women during the First World War to their husbands and sons on the front, NO MORE SUGAR, NO MORE TEA navigates a time of heightened...