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.
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.
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You Should Be Dancing by Everybody NOW!
20 Sep - 22 Sep, 2019
Grab your friends, lovers, fellow party people and come along to You Should Be Dancing the night time show. A non-stop, exhilarating party through the decades of dance, featuring Darebin’s dazzling dancing stars! Throw on some sparkles and your best threads and get ready to storm the floor. Whether you love a two-step or if twerking is more your thing, this awesome night out will...
Qualia by Heidi Everett
20 Sep - 22 Sep, 2019
WORK IN DEVELOPMENT EXTRA SHOW ADDED Have you spent 24 hours in a public psych ward? It’s confronting. Vulnerable people are trying to navigate trauma, confined and imprisoned in an equally traumatising medical space. What if you're Deaf? Or there for the first time? How do you communicate, if you don't speak the language of a psychiatric ward and it doesn't speak yours? Qualia is a...
You Should Be Dancing MINIS
21 Sep - 22 Sep, 2019
Darebin’s Minis take to the floor, at this joyous and uplifting dance party for the young and young at heart! It’s never too early for glitter, so throw on some sparkles and get ready to discover your inner dancing star! You Should De Dancing is fun for the whole family, a participatory and inclusive show for all abilities. Our Dance Captain Deluxe and MINI Movers will guide you...
ASSIMILATE by Daisy Nduta
25 Sep - 27 Sep, 2019
Wrestling with colonisation. Assimilate is storytelling at its rawest, using movement, song, soundscapes and visuals to help navigate what it is to live in a society that erases your existence and suppresses cultural significance. Through the voice of four fierce women the show explores the themes of language, identity, belonging, migration, detachment and community. This is an...
A Normal Child by Disability Slapstick Plan & Ridiculusmus
22 Oct - 2 Nov, 2019
If there is a new normal, everyone’s crazy and nobody’s ill. An epic narrative of vast and imperfect comedic proportions, A Normal Child navigates the intricacies of disability representation in a daring, funny, and complex work. Examining the right to begin and end life from the perspective of the disability sector. The show tackles issues of euthanasia, sex, abortion and IVF...
Taking the Waters by Lemony S Puppet Theatre
20 Nov - 30 Nov, 2019
Three sisters gather together after many years apart. One of them is dying. In this complex world, old patterns of behaviour play out, old wounds are re-exposed and ultimately, a new reality where three becomes two must be found. Created in collaboration with internationally celebrated artist Kyoko Imazu, singer-songwriter Susannah Espie and Lemony S Puppet Theatre, Taking the Waters is...