Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy is a year-round independent arts program. Now in its sixth 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. If you are a performance artist and would like to find out more, please visit our Performance Development page.
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LET'S TAKE OVER 2020
22 Feb, 2020
LET'S TAKE OVER is a one night only free arts festival produced by 10 multidisciplinary young artists aged 16 - 25 years. Northcote Town Hall reimagined by emerging artists as an interactive artscape and a post colonial paradise of social resistance and celebration. Over the last 16 weeks, we have been working together to bring you: • blak workshops where you can learn about...
END OF. by Ash Flanders, directed by Stephen Nicolazzo
11 Mar - 22 Mar, 2020
After taking a job as a legal transcriptionist, writer and performer Ash Flanders begins unpicking the transcript of his own life. What emerges is a decidedly personal monologue that examines creation, death and what makes us who we are. End Of. will have you in stitches as Ash follows his turbulent river of poor choices back to it’s source - his heavy-drinking, chain-smoking mother. No...
MINI SPIN by Anna Seymour and collaborators
14 Mar - 15 Mar, 2020
A participatory dance party for children! From the makers of SPIN comes a Deaf-led immersive and interactive dance rave for Deaf, CODA and hearing children and their families. Join Deaf Hosts Anna Seymour, Luke King and Robbie Burrows for a jam packed 45 minutes of dancing and Deaf culture stories to funky DJ beats. No dance experience necessary. Just bring enthusiasm and your best...
ARCHIMEDES WAR by Melissa Reeves. Directed by Susie Dee
15 Apr - 25 Apr, 2020
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...
MISSION SONGS PROJECT by Jessie Lloyd
21 Apr, 2020
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...
CHILDREN ARE STINKY by Circus Trick Tease
11 Jul - 12 Jul, 2020
Having toured the world, garnering five star reviews with sold out shows, this award winning and captivating show is a hit for both adults and children alike. “This show has it all” The List, UK Set in the 1990s with plenty of in-jokes and a cleverly choreographed nostalgic mash-ups, parents are in for a rollicking trip down memory lane. This fresh, super funny and wicked show...
GLASS by Rawcus with Marc Brew
15 Jul - 19 Jul, 2020
Internationally renowned choreographer Marc Brew teams up with the inimitable Rawcus Ensemble in new dance theatre work, GLASS. Fifteen diverse performers negotiate a constantly evolving performance space supported by the immersive sound of Jethro Woodward. Delving into dynamics of power, restriction, tenacity and ambition, this new work interrogates invisible edges, boundaries and...
SECURITY by Michele Lee. Directed by Bridget Balodis
5 Aug - 15 Aug, 2020
Stand. Watch. Protect. Repeat – but what happens when it all goes to shit? Working security is a shit-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 when shit hits the fan, and the ‘team stud’ sexually assaults a wealthy female client, Naz, Tribe and Joey can’t muster the...