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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 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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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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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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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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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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Circus Latino

19 Sep - 12 Oct 2014

Airport West

Showing now and everyday in the School Holidays, Circus Latino is a combination of International and Local Performers providing affordable family...

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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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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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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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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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Miss Fletcher Sings The Blues

Miss Fletcher Sings The Blues

27 Sep - 4 Oct 2014

North Melbourne

Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe and winner of the People's Choice Award at New Zealand Fringe Festival, Miss Fletcher Sings the Blues is a musical...

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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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Attic Erratic presents Tripped

Attic Erratic presents Tripped

27 Sep - 4 Oct 2014

North Melbourne

Once upon a time, in a land far far away, two very different, very manly men take a stroll through a minefield, Tripped is a parable, examining...

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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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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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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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Pandora's Dolls

30 Sep - 4 Oct 2014

North Melbourne

From $25 - $35

See Pandora's Dolls, a play about the consequences of childhood neglect and trauma, at the 2014 Fringe Festival. Pandora's Dolls is metaphoric rather...

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A Four-Eyed Guide To The Galaxy

A Four-Eyed Guide To The Galaxy

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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Inanimately

Inanimately

30 Sep - 4 Oct 2014

North Melbourne

From $16 - $21

Objectum Sexuality; an emotional and romantic desire towards developing relationships with inanimate objects. Objectum Sexuals have strong feelings...

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The Lounge, A Circus Cabaret

30 Sep - 4 Oct 2014

Albert Park

With world class performers Leilisha Marning and Sharon Gruenert, a swinging jazz beat and unforgettable circus you are in for a treat. This show is...

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Post Mortem

30 Sep - 3 Oct 2014

Preston

Post Mortem is a surreal multi-disciplinary performance and installation art project debuting at Little Tengu in Preston as part of this year's...

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10 Things You Can't Do On Stage

10 Things You Can't Do On Stage

30 Sep - 4 Oct 2014

Melbourne

From $16 - $25

Ever wondered what you're not supposed to do on stage, and why? What happens if you break the Top Ten Rules? What type of madness and mayhem ensues?...

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The Worst of Scottee

30 Sep - 4 Oct 2014

St Kilda

Presented as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, The Worst of Scottee returns for a limited season to Theatreworks. Performed in a photo booth,...

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The Bookbinder

30 Sep - 4 Oct 2014

North Melbourne

From $19 - $24

They say you can get lost in a good book. But it's worse getting lost in a bad one. From award-winning company Trick of the Light Theatre comes a...

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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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Twisted Tales For The Cynical Viewer

Twisted Tales For The Cynical Viewer

30 Sep - 4 Oct 2014

Albert Park

From $21 - $26

Developed by a troupe of some of Melbourne's best up and coming aerialists Twisted Tales for the Cynical Viewer is a re-telling of well loved fairy...

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Day Of The Dead

30 Sep - 5 Oct 2014

Melbourne

From $19 - $22

Both touching and funny, Day of The Dead is about a journey that begins in the valley of death, has a stopover at a Mexican festival and ends in a...

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7

7

1 - 4 Oct 2014

Prahran

From $27 - $33

The National Institute of Circus Arts is excited to present 7, a gripping triple bill performed by its second year students. 7 is a triple bill of...

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ElbowSkin: From Beer to Eternity

1 - 5 Oct 2014

Melbourne

From $21 - $24

ElbowSkin presents From Beer to Eternity - a time-travelling journey through the history of beer. Seven thousand years ago, something amazing...

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Velvet Addiction

1 - 5 Oct 2014

North Melbourne

Do you love (or loathe) Broadway musicals? Peek into the office of psychiatrist Dr Miza Linnelli, who, with the help of faithful receptionist Methel...

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The Dream

The Dream

2 - 4 Oct 2014

Southbank

The clue is in the title - this is a different dream. Peter Evans has reawakened Shakespeare's classic A Midsummer Night's Dream with a breathless...

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Victorian Opera presents The Play of Herod

2 - 5 Oct 2014

Parkville

Straight from the pages of the 12th century Fleury Playbook comes this hauntingly beautiful medieval drama that combines the traditional Christmas...

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Elixir

2 - 4 Oct 2014

Docklands

Three acrobatic and enthusiastic scientists attempt to create the elixir of life. The scenes are an eclectic mix of high intensity acrobatics, live...

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The Ultimate

The Ultimate

2 - 4 Oct 2014

North Melbourne

From $14 - $16

Record Masterchef and come see the real thing as Toot Sweet Productions bring you their maiden Melbourne Fringe Festival performance 'The Ultimate'....

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Sinful Stories

2 - 5 Oct 2014

Melbourne

Pride, greed, envy, lust, they might be deadly sins, but they sure do make great stories. Join a revolving line up of Melbourne's best storytellers...

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39 steps

The 39 Steps

2 - 4 Oct 2014

Melbourne

Four actors, over 100 characters, all in 100 hilarious minutes - see The 39 Steps, a speedy whodunit based on Hitchcock's 1935 spy thriller and...

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Queens of the Outback

3 Oct 2014

Docklands

Glitz, glamour and a soundtrack of incredible music are just a few of the experiences in store for audiences attending this mash-up musical. Queens...

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World Supremacy Battlegrounds Festival

3 - 5 Oct 2014

Flemington

Get set for the biggest international street dance & music festival in Australia as MAS brings you the all-ages event, World Supremacy Battlegrounds....

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i Am

3 - 4 Oct 2014

Kew East

From $15 - $25

Flare Dance Company presents original contemporary dance works by Melbourne-based artists in its 2014 season. i Am takes an introspective look at the...

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Vamp and Burn

4 Oct 2014

Docklands

This year, we bring a French twist to the event, with Lola The Vamp providing lead vocals as well as the firebrand headlining burlesque that has been...

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Melbourne Opera presents The Pearl Fishers

4 Oct 2014

Melbourne

Melbourne Opera is proud to present a new production of French opera The Pearl Fishers (Les Pêcheurs de Perles) conducted by Richard Divall. Richard...

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Good Vibrations

4 Oct 2014

Armadale

From $30 - $30

Good Vibrations is a one night only show as part of the Australian Tap Dance Festival with a live jazz and funk band and tap dancing to amaze and...

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Con Air 2: Con Voyage

4 Oct 2014

Melbourne

Con Air 2: Con Voyage is a live-action sequel to the greatest movie of all time. When a luxury cruise ship is taken over by the world's most...

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The Fado of Maria Severa

The Fado of Maria Severa

4 Oct 2014

Fitzroy North

From $10 - $20

Part concert, part storytelling, this is the story of Maria Severa as she falls in love then falls from grace in the achingly melancholic Fado...

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Chest Of Wonders – Who Killed MamaShak?

2 Oct 2014, 5 Oct 2014

Melbourne

Who Killed MamaShak? is an ode to film noir murder mystery. Using all facets of the Chest of Wonders talent pool the show amalgamates burlesque,...

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Complexity of Belonging

Melbourne Theatre Company Presents 'Complexity of Belonging'

6 Oct - 1 Nov 2014

Southbank

One of Europe's most important theatrical voices, German writer and director Falk Richter combines forces with Chunky Move, Melbourne Theatre Company...

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Up Close and Reasonably Personal with Amanda Harrison

7 - 12 Oct 2014

Melbourne

Up Close and Reasonably Personal with Amanda Harrison is a candid evening of song and conversation with one of Australia's most prolific musical...

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