skip to Main Content
fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000 | 03 9662 9966 |

The Daily Review: Dreamers

  • 31 October 2014
  • news

See article in its original context here by Andrew Fuhrmann for The Daily Review.

Keene/Taylor Project back in the saddle

For anyone who first started seeing independent theatre in Melbourne in the mid 2000s, the names Daniel Keene and Ariette Taylor loomed large. Even half a decade after their last collaboration, people were still talking. The Keene/Taylor Theatre Project, a small ensemble established in 1997, was the default comparison for those who knew. It was a template for what independent theatre should feel like, the aura it should create: audiences thrilled by the discovery of a hidden artistic world outside the usual institutions. It gave us, the ones who weren’t there, something to look for, a feeling intimate and direct.

And when we made our own discoveries — in warehouses in Northcote, above bars on Smith Street, or wherever — what we felt was not only a sense of excitement and community but, too, a sense of continuity with the past. The scene was larger and more alive and more significant for the recognition. It felt more like a real culture.

Read More

The Age: Dreamers

  • 31 October 2014
  • news

See article in its original context here by Cameron Woodhead for The Age.

Daniel Keene’s French play on racism, Dreamers, translates perfectly to Australian dialect

The European is an apt venue for coffee with Daniel Keene. He’s one of the two contemporary Australian playwrights (the other is Joanna-Murray Smith) best known overseas, and has an established reputation in France. That’s where Dreamers, which opens at fortyfivedownstairs this week, was originally commissioned. And that’s where it was first performed, by Toulouse-based company Tabula Rasa, in 2011.

This production will be its English-language premiere, and marks a one-off resurrection of Keene’s creative partnership with Ariette Taylor. Together, they started The Keene/Taylor Theatre Project, an independent theatre powerhouse that produced an impressive 47 productions over 17 seasons from 1997-2002 and has attained the quality of legend in the development of Melbourne’s indie theatre scene.

Read More

Theatre Alive: Dreamers

  • 24 October 2014
  • news

See article in its original context here by Theatre Alive.


fortyfivedownstairs are thrilled to bring together the extraordinary creative team of Ariette Taylor and Daniel Keene for the first time in over a decade. Previously collaborating in the highly successful and ground breaking Keene Taylor Theatre Project, which ran from 1997 until 2002, together they have presented seventeen seasons of works; a total of 47 productions, including full length and short plays.

Their latest work explores a young man’s experience trying to establish himself in a new country, amid growing fear and animosity as he begins a relationship with an older woman.

deals with questions at the heart of contemporary life – the struggle against intolerance, the fear of difference and a love that is perceived as inappropriate.

We chatted with Ariette Taylor in the lead-up to the season…

This reunion with Daniel has been a long time coming. How does a 10 year break impact on the creative partnership and process?

After a very exciting six years of working together, it seemed right to give it a break. Daniel went to work in France and is enjoying a successful career, and me coming home to grandchildren, travel and various art projects.

It’s wonderful to be working with his words again. His work has grown deeper, funnier and become more complex. A great challenge for all of us!

Do you think theatre can help to break down intolerance?

Theatre can do all kinds of things; most of all communicate love, humanity, mystery and delight, but it needs people to come to share it.

Read More

ArtsHub: Dreamers

  • 23 October 2014
  • news

See article in its original context here by Caroline Tung for ArtsHub.

A winning writer-director partnership will debut a production of an unconventional social more on the Australian stage.

Acclaimed Australian playwright Daniel Keene and director Ariette Taylor will collaborate with designer Adrienne Chisolm to bring a new production ofDreamers to Melbourne arts venue fortyfivedownstairs.

A first for Australian audiences, the play portrays struggles against intolerance, racism and exclusion through its central character Anne, a 60-year-old woman who begins a relationship with a much younger man of a different race.

The original play was performed in French by the Tabula Rasa theatre company.

The Australian premiere will be performed in English, with no specific setting.

Artistic director Mary Lou Jelbart calls this theatre partnership ‘a gift to Australia’, praising Keene’s consistent approach in creating powerful plays.

Read More

Melbourne. Arts. Fashion: Dreamers

  • 23 October 2014
  • news

See article in its original context here by Samsara Dunston for Melbourne. Arts. Fashion.

Dreamers – Keene & Taylor together again

For the first time in over a decade, fortyfivedownstairs is delighted to bring together again this extraordinary creative team – writer Daniel Keene and director Ariette Taylor with designer Adrienne Chisholm – to present the Australian premiere of Dreamers at fortyfivedownstairs from 6 – 30 November 2014.

Mary Lou Jelbart, fortyfivedownstairs founder and artistic director, said it’s difficult to express just how exciting it is that Daniel Keene and Ariette Taylor are again working together to present Dreamers in Australia, “The collaboration between these two talented artists produced some of the most unforgettable theatre I have ever seen.”

Read More

Adnan Baraké

Syrian composer and oud player Adnan Baraké draws on middle-eastern and western traditions in search of a unique musical voice. Strongly influenced by traditional Arabic music, Adnan explores country, bluegrass and classical styles to create contemporary sounds on this ancient…

Read More

The Age: The Sound of Waves

  • 8 October 2014
  • news

See review in its original context here by Cameron Woodhead for The Age.

There’s an extraordinary real life story behind The Sound of Waves. The one-woman show is inspired by the experiences of profoundly deaf actor Jodie Harris, who midway through training at the VCA, received a cochlear implant and had to learn to negotiate a whole new stage of sound.

Playwright Gareth Ellis dives into Harris’s emotional landscape – or seascape, actually – through whimsical submarine allegory.

Harris adopts an alter-ego, a girl called Shelley whose primary school teacher, Mrs Black, has some sort of hideous personality disorder and is constantly threatening to kill off her students in gruesome ways. The caricature of this horrible teacher might be reason enough to daydream, but Shelley’s flights of fancy are unusually surreal and immersive.

Read More

The Age: Elizabeth I: The Last Dance

  • 2 October 2014
  • news

See article in its original context here by John Bailey for The Age. First chance to see Kemp's Last Dance It's been more than 30 years since the great theatre maverick Lindsay Kemp toured Australia, long enough that even those who…

Read More

Arts Review: The Sound of Waves

  • 2 October 2014
  • news

See article in its original context here by the Arts Review.

On the Couch with Naomi Edwards

Who is Naomi Edwards?
A theatre and opera director. A lover of music and science and coffee.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I would worry less, play more. Be in the moment and in the next.

Who inspires you and why?
Children inspire me with their wonder at the world, their fresh insights and ancient wisdom. Political protesters inspire me with their effort and passion for change. Refugees with their courage and humility. My collaborators with their energy, smarts and rigor.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I hope for an Australia that is more empathetic, more imaginative and capable of greater critical thinking. Theatre can develop and exercise these capacities simultaneously, and I try to do it on and through the kind of shows I work on.

Read More

Keringke Arts

Experience the bold, cultural colours of Keringke. Various Keringke Artists have developed this painting style over twenty five years. It is most identifiable from the intricate detail and high colour. Keringke Arts is Aboriginal owned and operated. Visit Keringke's website…

Read More

Penelope Metcalf

Whether working in her studio or in front of her kitchen cupboard, Metcalf adopts a plein-air approach and transforms her still life compositions into little landscapes. The result is a series of oil on timber paintings that find drama and…

Read More
Back To Top
×Close search