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Be moved, amused and enlightened by plays, dance works, comedy shows and cabaret performances all year long. Home to world-renowned theatres and dance companies as well as one of the largest comedy festivals in the world, Melbourne boasts a never-ending line-up of inspiring shows. Laugh it up at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, see ground-breaking plays at La Mama and Southbank's Malthouse Theatre, or catch the cream of the crop at the Melbourne Festival in November.

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The Effect

The Effect

16 Aug - 27 Sep 2014

Southbank

Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) presents Lucy Prebble's provocative, award-winning new play about the nature of happiness in our overly medicated age.

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The Sublime

Melbourne Theatre Company presents 'The Sublime'

22 Aug - 4 Oct 2014

Melbourne

From award winning actor and writer Brendan Cowell (The Slap, Love My Way) comes a visceral examination of sex, power and footy. The Sublime is fresh...

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The Sublime

22 Aug - 4 Oct 2014

Southbank

From award-winning actor and writer Brendan Cowell (The Slap, Love My Way) comes a visceral examination of sex, power and footy. The Sublime is fresh...

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Madeleine Eastoe in The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

12 - 25 Sep 2014

Melbourne

From $39 - $39

The Australian Ballet presents Peter Wright's production of The Nutcracker. A family favourite, the story follows Clara, a young ballet student, who...

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The Australian Ballet presents The Nutcracker

12 - 25 Sep 2014

Southbank

Clara, a young ballet student, is celebrating Christmas with her family. Her uncle, the magician Drosselmeyer, gives her a nutcracker doll - and when...

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Sonia Di Iorio in Brain Colours

17 - 25 Sep 2014

Melbourne

Brain Colours is a brand new show debuting at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Written and performed by Melbourne based comedian Sonia Di Iorio this...

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Wham Bam

Wham Bam at Melbourne Fringe 2014

17 Sep - 5 Oct 2014

Fitzroy

From $13 - $16

Wham Bam showcases all the fierce, fabulous and funny female talent during the Melbourne Fringe. Roll up and enjoy the weirdest and most wonderful...

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ludwig

Ludwig&Lohengrin

17 - 28 Sep 2014

Richmond

Kyall Rakoz, Best Solo Performance winner at the 2014 Calgary Critics Awards, brings Ludwig & Lohengrin from Canada to the Melbourne Fringe for its...

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WizAz: Magic Rocks

WizAz: Magic Rocks

17 Sep - 5 Oct 2014

North Melbourne

What would Harry Potter be like if it were set in Australia? WizAz is about a couple of young wizards, Liam and Xander, who have graduated from...

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Melbourne Fringe Media Launch 2013

Melbourne Fringe Festival

17 Sep - 5 Oct 2014

Melbourne

Have an art attack – new theatre, comedy, dance, circus, music and cabaret, visual art, live art, digital and video art – at the fringe festival.

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Paul Culliver

Paul Culliver: Poltergeist

17 - 26 Sep 2014

North Melbourne

Paul didn't believe in ghosts. Until the night that he met one. Using all of the pop-culture references, meta humour and spooky ghost noises at his...

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Joseph brown

You Walk Away, and Never Once Turn Your Head

18 Sep - 4 Oct 2014

North Melbourne

Written and directed by Joseph Brown, You Walk Away, and Never Once Turn Your Head is an examination of the concept of home and the terrifying...

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Raj Moodley

Is It Because I'm Indian? at Melbourne Fringe 2014

19 - 28 Sep 2014

North Melbourne

Is Australia racist? Ask Raj The Curry Muncher at the Melbourne Fringe Festival! A one-man comedy about Melbourne-based Indian Rajendra Moodley's...

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Rama Nicholas: After Ever After

19 Sep - 4 Oct 2014

North Melbourne

You'll be howling with laughter as Rama Nicholas brings her sell out one-woman Grimm fairy tale musical, After Ever After to the Melbourne Fringe...

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Leonele and the Gang

My Struggle: The Life and Times of an Individ In a World Full of Hipsters

19 - 26 Sep 2014

North Melbourne

Four Friends. One War. And a badly mixed potion. It's Post World War One and times have changed. Contemplating what comes next you meet four returned...

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Beast

The Beauty and The Beast

20 Sep - 5 Oct 2014

Melbourne

Once upon a time, a long while ago (fairy tale time), there was a merchant with three daughters. Two were ugly and hard hearted. The youngest, as her...

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Between the Bars

21 - 25 Sep 2014

Melbourne

From $20 - $25

Everyone has dreams, some you share, some you keep, some you tell to a perfect stranger. One night, one jazz club, five women, five stories. The...

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The DIVA rests

DIVA

23 - 28 Sep 2014

Kensington

From $16 - $26

The award winning show DIVA descends upon Melbourne's Fringe Festival. Join June, an eccentric, loud, foul-mouthed, pill-popping, vodka-swilling,...

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Xavier Toby - Mining My Own Business

Xavier Toby - Mining My Own Business

23 - 26 Sep 2014

North Melbourne

From $11 - $20

Playing at the Fringe Hub is a stand up comedy show based on Xavier Toby's non-fiction comedy book, Mining My Own Business. What's life really like...

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All Out of Pride: An Evening of Songs You're Ashamed to Love

23 - 26 Sep 2014

North Melbourne

Let award-winning musical ponces Geraldine Quinn ('Spicks & Specks') and Michael de Grussa ('Fantastic' - Faster Louder) seduce you with a smooth...

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ANATOMY TITUS

Anatormy Titus

23 - 26 Sep 2014

Collingwood

From $15 - $19

Presented as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival; a new work inspired by and devised from Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. A commentary on greed,...

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Short Change

23 - 28 Sep 2014

Melbourne

From $18 - $22

Follow the journey of a single coin as it passes from hand to hand to hand, in a series of top dollar vignettes which probe our relationship to...

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Nick: An Accidental Hero

23 - 26 Sep 2014

North Melbourne

From $20 - $23

After sell out seasons, awards and critical acclaim, Chapman Tripp winning actress and creator Renee Lyons brings her solo show Nick: An Accidental...

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CarnEvil at Melbourne Fringe Festival 2014

CarnEvil at Melbourne Fringe Festival

23 - 27 Sep 2014

Collingwood

There have always been dark tales, tales of betrayal, greed and death. CarnEvil at Melbourne Fringe Festival is an immersive mystery story with...

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The Riders

The Riders

23 Sep - 4 Oct 2014

Southbank

The Riders is a brand new Australian opera based on Tim Winton's Booker-nominated classic. Composed by the acclaimed Iain Grandage with the libretto...

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Last Mime Standing

23 - 27 Sep 2014

Albert Park

A disgruntled mime is forced to live inside an underground shelter due to a global apocalyptic catastrophe. How much can he cope? Are these signs of...

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Lacrima

23 - 27 Sep 2014

Albert Park

Lacrima is Aatale of love, loss, and circus. The tale of a family with a twist - a contortionist wife, her clown of a husband and their new baby. As...

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In Formation II

23 - 26 Sep 2014

North Melbourne

Centred on themes of personal transformation and instigated by a desire to progress and transform, In Formation II, a new solo contemporary dance...

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Heath Franklin Melbourne Fringe

Heath Franklin in Tiny Horse, Big World

23 - 26 Sep 2014

North Melbourne

The world is a big, stupid, busy place full of idiots and most days just waking up can be exhausting. Don't worry though because you don't matter at...

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Death by Soprano

Death by Soprano

24 - 28 Sep 2014

Collingwood

From $25 - $30

Some divas were born to die. Death By Soprano is the latest creation of Internationally renowned Actor, Soprano and Cabaret Artist Isabel Hertaeg. In...

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Li'l Abner

Li'l Abner

24 - 27 Sep 2014

Southbank

From $22 - $28

What happens when the government thinks you ain't worth nothin'? Ya prove 'em wrong! Based on the book by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank and...

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Royals

Royals: The True History Child Queen Isabelle

24 - 27 Sep 2014

Brunswick

From $18 - $23

She's French and six years old, he's English and thirty. Their marriage should end a war, produce a son and save a dynasty. An ensemble featuring...

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Sassy – Mama Alto sings Sarah Vaughan

24 - 28 Sep 2014

Melbourne

Returning to The Butterfly Club for the Melbourne Fringe Festival, countertenor jazz diva Mama Alto sings the songs of the divine Sarah Vaughan,...

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The Grand Final Comedy Debate

25 Sep 2014

Southbank

Team rivalry will be set aside for one day as footy fans unite in the name of fun and frivolity at the annual Grand Final Comedy Debate. Hosted by...

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The Bald Prima Donna

The Bald Prima Donna

25 - 28 Sep 2014

St Kilda South

From $20 - $25

After a sell-out season in Brisbane, Queensland-based independent theatre company, Room To Play, debuts Eugene Ionesco's iconic absurdist masterpiece...

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God Save The Queen

25 - 28 Sep 2014

Melbourne

When a chessboard falls from space, four lost souls try to make sense of it, building a religion around it, a monarchy on top of it and a rebellion...

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A Mad Tea Party

25 - 28 Sep 2014

Melbourne

Exploring the theme of mental health, A Mad Tea Party is an eclectic mix of physical theatre, comedy, circus and dance, presented in an immersive...

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Believe in Belief

26 - 28 Sep 2014

Melbourne

Enjoy an evocative portrayal of spiritual beliefs in Lanna (Northern Thailand) through dance and workshops. Believe in Belief is presented by a...

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Body Talk

26 Sep - 23 Oct 2014

Carlton

Body Talk is a dance video that parodies the TV variety show styles of the 1970s and '80s, using the idiom of the classic music program, Solid Gold....

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Once

Once

26 Sep - 30 Nov 2014

Melbourne

Discover the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician and the singer who inspires him as Once makes its Australian debut.

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The Explorers Club

The Explorers Club: Antarctica

27 - 28 Sep 2014

North Melbourne

From $19 - $23

They've torn up the bible, they've eaten the dogs - Auckland-based alt-folk troubadours Bond Street Bridge continue a wildly successful run with...

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Australian Tap Dance Festival

27 Sep - 4 Oct 2014

Prahran

The Australian Tap Dance Festival is a week-long event packed with everything tap related and open to all levels from novice to professional to those...

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Night Terrors

28 Sep - 5 Oct 2014

North Melbourne

From genre producers The X Gene, responsible for 'A Midnight Dreary' and the sell-out hit 'Bullet: A Superhero Comedy' comes Night Terrors, four...

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Night Terrors

Night Terrors

28 Sep - 5 Oct 2014

North Melbourne

Four all new stories to terrify you deep into the night! Based on the success of last year's Fringe, Stefan Taylor, the master of macabre, returns...

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Highly Flammable Love

29 Sep - 4 Oct 2014

Melbourne

A twisted romantic comedy for adorable couples, desperate singles and psychopathic hipsters alike. Marcus Doherty brings his 'wit, insight,...

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Charlie Pickering at Spleen

Comedy at Spleen

29 Sep 2014

Melbourne

Come on down to the city's free weekly comedy hotspot, featuring the hottest young acts in Melbourne town. Special guests every week.

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Desperately Young At Heart

30 Sep - 5 Oct 2014

Melbourne

From $20 - $28

Desperately Young At Heart is an outrageously original and award-winning musical comedy cabaret! The imposing frame of six foot six inch operatic...

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A Hard Day's Night of Beatles Parodies

30 Sep - 5 Oct 2014

Melbourne

From $15 - $18

Beatlemania is set to sweep Melbourne again when the musical comedy show A Hard Day's Night of Beatles Parodies hits the stage at the Last Jar during...

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Murphy McLachlan

Murphy McLachlan Tries Everything

30 Sep - 5 Oct 2014

Melbourne

Join stand-up comedian Murphy McLachlan at the Portland Hotel this Melbourne Fringe Festival as he attempts to perform every category of...

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A Four-Eyed Guide To The Galaxy

A Four-Eyed Guide To The Galaxy

23 - 28 Sep 2014, 30 Sep - 4 Oct 2014

North Melbourne

From $20 - $25

Explore space flight and reach for the stars with Rowena Hutson's A Four-Eyed Guide to the Galaxy on at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Drawn from her...

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