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White Whale has cunningly installed an extra  20 seats for the final three sold-out shows of Melburnalia No. 2.

That’s 60 seats that have now flooded the seat-deprived theatre-crazed market.

Get in quick as they will be snapped up fast!

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Another Review

Just thought I’d quickly post this one.

A great review of Melburnalia No. 2 that popped up today:

Melburnalia No 2 is a set of five 20 minutes plays, each set in/inspired by a different suburb of Melbourne and linked with a binding tram theme.  As a woman who has frequently expressed an intemperate love of her adopted town, it was a no-brainer to rush along to this one.

It’s a great ensemble cast and it’s a joy to watch them play with the scripts, which are in widely different styles…All in all – a fantastic set of plays, a wonderful cast, a great night out.

Thanks for coming to see our show and for giving it some thought on your blog.

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Danny Katz Speaks!


The inestimable Danny Katz has spoken! Or…written, more accurately, in today’s Age.

Danny, the author of our hilarious Motherfathers writes revealingly of his cheekiness in transforming the lives of his closest pals (goly! gosh! shock! horror!) into THEATRE!

Says Mr Katz:

It’s about a bunch of middle-aged parents at a dinner party in Caulfield, the kind of play David Williamson would’ve written if he lived round these parts and if he had the theatrical talent of a papillomavirus.  I withered in my seat as a cast of talented young actors proceeded to act out the roles of SIX OF MY CLOSEST FRIENDS, SAYING SOME VERY CONFIDENTIAL THINGS THEY’VE SAID IN FRONT OF ME, VERBATIM.

Ha! I wonder if any of them have seen the play?  Are they now rushing to get hold of tickets?

If you happen to be one of the people that Danny has fictionalised and you’d like to set the record straight (do you really shop at Bakers Delight?) then feel free to drop us an email.

I’ll post any corrections up on this blog.  I promise 🙂

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Melburnalia No. 2 Sold Out!

The M2 Ensemble

The M2 Ensemble

We’re about to start our third and final week…

And the great news is that Melburnalia No. 2 is almost entirely SOLD OUT!

Congrats to all of our talented cast and crew.  A hard earned thirst deserves a big cold beer 🙂

Ps. If you’re still hunting for tickets there’s a handful left at fortyfivedownstairs.

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For those of you who have woken up in the middle of the eldricth night – shrieking


and not knowing what it means…

You now have an explanation.  Behold the glory!

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2nd Review Out – In the Age

This strange bunch were found awaiting the 86 to Bundoora!

This strange bunch were found awaiting the 86 to Bundoora!

A glowing review for Melburnalia No. 2 appeared in today’s Age.

We are really stoked to see that the response to the show’s concept and particularly the hard slog of commissioning, dramaturging and producing new writing is getting credit.

Check it out at the Age website.


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Melburnalia No. 2 on PBS Radio

Andrea James and I were on PBS the other night having a chat about Melburnalia No. 2 with the inimitable Fiona Gruber.

It’s worth a listen if you’ve got 10 minutes and are keen for some good verbal blather.

Check it out @ PBS Website.

You have to sign up I think (it’s free though) and then you go to “Listen Now” and choose “Radio on Demand” and the program is called “The Opening” 7pm Tuesday nights (12 May).

According to the interview Geoffrey Rush stars in the show…which is entirely true.

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Melburnalia No.2

Melburnalia #2 Cast

The talented ensemble who will perform 25 roles over the 5 plays: (from left) Margot Fenley, Grant Foulkes, Shane Lee, Brian Andy, Shireen Morris and Fanny Hanusin.

Melburnalia No. 2, the much anticipated companion piece to Melburnalia (2007), opens for a three-week season on 22 May at fortyfivedownstairs. The show, directed by David Mence (Macbeth Re-Arisen, Melburnalia, AD on MTC’s Blackbird and BSC’s Othello), is comprised of five 20-minute pieces specially commissioned and dramaturged by the company with the interlinking theme of ‘tramways’. The result is a fascinating journey that will take audiences through the decades, over the fences, under the awnings and into the collective psyche of our city. 

Come on board (remember to validate!) for a rattling, screeching, ding-ding-dinging ride through history to the mythical suburb of ‘Birrarung’ (river of mists) at the heart of the town, where ancient warriors and lost icons dance in the dusty ballroom of Flinders Street Station. Stay on through Maribyrnong, where exiles wait anxiously on both sides of high walls. Zip through Caulfield, where the pressures of parenthood create  New Year’s Eve strife for some childish Gen Xers. Charge up to Preston where muddy piggeries abounded before the smug gentry moved in, then disembark at Mentone, home to a superb symphony of suburban sounds.  

Written by: columnist Danny Katz (beloved writer for The Age, author of Spit the Dummy, Dork Geek Jew); playwright Kit Lazaroo (Wal Cherry Award winner for Asylum, Letters from Animals); Koori writer/director Andrea James (Yanagai Yanagai); author Hoa Pham (Vixen, 49 Ghosts, Silence) and writer/director Aidan Fennessey (Chilling and Killing My Annabel Lee, Big Noise). 

Produced by Kelly Farrow, dramaturged by Melanie Beddie. 

Showing at:
45 Flinders Lane              

Bookings: 9662 9966 or 
$26 (full) $20 (concession) $15 (preview 20-21 May) 

8pm: 20-23, 27-30 May, 3-6 June
5.30pm: 24, 31 May, 7 June    

For further information, contact kelly [@ no spam ] whitewhaletheatre [ . no spam ] com or drop us a comment or a Tweet (we’re catching up with the times).

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