VIEWING BY MONTH
No solos, no microphones, no auditions, and no show ponies – just a big group sing of some of the best pop music on the planet.
Wickedly fun Burlesque Life Drawing on Tuesdays.
The Big HOO-HAA!
Fast, furious and funny, The Big HOO-HAA! is Melbourne's longest-running and best-loved weekly impro comedy show. This is a popular show in a tiny theatre: book ahead.
Our free weekly piano bar featuring some of Melbourne's best entertainers. Did we mention it's free?
Starting in February
Creatures of the Deep
A journey beneath the surface to meet a plethora of beautiful, wild sea creatures who are given a voice to share their unique perspective beneath the waves.
Don’t Be A C***: This Is How
Julia Rorke is a Sydney born kombucha enthusiast who’s always known her destiny: telling people how 2 be less shit.
But she’s never gone pro. Until now.
James Harnden: All About Me
Joanne McNally: Wine Tamer
Ireland’s brightest new comedian, Joanne McNally hits the stage in Melbourne for the first time, fresh from her sell-out run in Edinburgh, with her hysterical and whip-smart look on life, love and lies we tell ourselves.
Funny Music Mondays
Comedy rock duo PickUp hosts a new line-up every week. Entry is free and the bar is open throughout. If it’s funny and it’s musical; it’s here.
Written by Laura Lethlean and directed by Katie Cawthorne, this is a potent and atmospheric play that asks: can you ever really rid yourself of the people you once loved?
Bedtime Stories for Girls
Framed by a deceptively casual slumber party, this play penetrates the confronting psychological landscape of young female sexual identity.
No Smoke No Mirrors
An intriguing evening of magical entertainment from one of Australia’s most unique and accomplished master magicians.
demi does dallas (but in this instance dallas is new jokes)
Demi Lardner would like to cordially invite you to her newest personal meltdown and try some new stuff you will hopefully tolerate.
Emesha is an 90's kid raised on RAGE, VHS tapes and Eastern European melancholy. Join her on a fun and colourful adventure through her childhood.
Starting in March
The Global Citizen
A hilarious Australian theatrical production set inside the hyper-glossed walls of a fictional department store.
A social satire exposing the prejudices we as a society still allow and encourage in spite of our contemporary ideals of acceptance and inclusivity.
A blackly comedic play about one woman's battle with rogue poops, faltering romance, and how hard it is to become who you already were.
A young couple's relationship is tested when they unexpectedly become guardians of a capricious teenager.
A show about the stories we tell ourselves and each other about where we come from and our dreams for the future.
Sudan is the story of the last male white rhino on earth.
El Vito! A one woman show
A story within a story, the passion of Latin-America is brought to you in the most intimate and unique way.
People Suck: A Musical Airing of Grievances
This hilarious and all too relatable musical explores the many, many ways in which people are just the worst.
Digging Deeper: Secrets of the Neo-COALonial Movement Unearthed!
Is global worming real or imagined? Who is Melbourne’s greatest Nemesis? How amazing is coal, and how un-Australian is it to not love the COALition, and Adani? And Billionaires?
No rehearsal, no preparation, no holds barred; this show is the thoughts of one woman when she thinks about sex with men. A different man every night is charged with reading her script aloud, sight unseen, in front of an audience – you!
The Other Side of 25
A musical comedy about Amory. She's stuck, pregnant, on the other side of 25.
Sir David and his Animals
The magic of Sir David Attenborough live on stage!
Watch as two hapless but enthusiastic clowns recreate extraordinary scenes of the natural world.
A wild ride, with rhythm, body percussion, singing, stomping, clowning and the spirit of Scotland!
Son of a Bitch
Felix Castaner, an aspiring stand up comedian is performing a show when his overbearing mother shows up un-announced. Failing to make her leave the stage they continue the show as mother and son. What could possibly go wrong?
Full of wit, warmth and plenty of whiskey, Any Sugar is a musing on the nature of love that would have Jane Austen rolling in her grave.
The Worst Little Warehouse in London
In this hysterical and off the wall cabaret, Lala Barlow and Robbie Smith are two wide eyed koalas fresh off the boat, looking for the perfect place to call home. Over 55-minutes, relive their year living at Unit 1 Daisy Mill as they discover high ceilings, bathroom baskets and very thin bedroom walls.
Rocky The Third
Come witness one of cinema's most inarticulate heroes become one of Shakespeare's most verbose in this heavyweight epic.
Innes Lloyd: DRACULA
Comedy duo Innes Lloyd take on DRACULA! A tale that has been retold, parodied, sequelled, theatre restaurant-ed and, frankly, done-to-death.
Bron is going on first dates. Live onstage!
Volunteer to be part of the action or watch from the safety of your seat as Bron takes modern romance to the next level - all in front of the audience!
Odette: Baby Daddy!
Perth FRINGE WORLD 2018 Best Comedy nominee Odette! is the fun, feisty, incredibly fertile cleaning lady everybody loves to love!
Dr. Feral, assistant to the infamous Dracula, shares revealing and personal stories of his life as a vampire's b.a.e.
Funny Music Mondays MICF
This is the late-night party on Mondays at the Festival.
Starting in April
Taco Knight in: A Knight’s Taco
Whoever heard of double bass comedy? You have now. Join modern-day jester Taco Knight as she delights the masses with original songs about tattoos, tofu, existentialism and everything in between.
Ovariacting: A Period Drama
Get padded up for an evening of all things menstruation as you fight the good fight to help men and women everywhere talk about the bloody elephant in the room. Period.
Wool! A History of Australia’s Wool Industry: The Musical
Behind every great sheep is a shearer. Behind every great shearer is a loving family great at admin. Behind every great family, there's a Governor intent on taking them down.
Woman of the Hour
A legendary artist, muse and woman of the stage shares an intimate retrospective of her life in the limelight. Can she contain her extravagant glamour in the modest furnishings of a festival show and go for an hour without picking up a bottle of gin?
A new folk-rock comedy-cabaret by acclaimed songwriter and comic Tara Leigh Dowler, full of original earworms and pulp-goth attitude, chronicling too many trips to the emergency room.
Bella Green is Charging For It
This show answers all the questions you didn't know you had about sex work. Like why is paying for sex so similar to ordering a salad? And how can you wear Uggs while still being a cold, hard dominatrix?
Laurie Black: Space Cadette
Bored of nuclear war, corrupt politicians and plastic seas? Want to get away from it all? Join alien babe cabaret queen Laurie Black and her spaceship-synthesiser.
Tone Death: A Ghost Musical
Halfway through their set, a comedian dies on stage, adding them to the ranks of a small group of ghosts who live in the theatre.
Three Guards on Manus Island
An hour of wildly silly yet fiercely logical sketches and songs.
Jude Perl: I Have A Face
In her fifth solo show, Jude Perl is embarking on an adventure to solve all of our collective inner angst.
Small Tales of Little Mercy
The Reverend Martin Dunlop invites all and sundry to the Little Mercy Chapel and Refectory for a dose of ol’ time storytelling to save your sweet immortal soul.
Alice Tovey: Garbage Monster
Alice Tovey's quick-witted new cabaret explores the parts of ourselves and our society that we hide away and bury deep. Shame, guilt, inappropriate men - they're all been firmly placed in the bin. And it's time to take out the garbage.
Visit 1950s England with some of Melbourne's best improvising comedians from The Big HOO-HAA! and Impro Melbourne. They’re trapped in a hilarious Agatha Christie mystery so fiendish, only a genius could work out whodunnit.
Poopie Tum Tums
Following from award winning show CULL and Green Room nominated Let’s Get Practical! Live, Honor and Patrick are tired of comedy and are hanging up their red noses and anal beads to endeavour on their most serious show yet.
PickUp: Nerds Are Sexy
As self-confessed nerds, PickUp look at why caring about things makes you hot. Live rock music comedy with scorching harmonies & intelligence. This new show is a sex-positive romp that is inclusive & fun for all.
Anya Anastasia: The Show
This year’s cultural ambassador in the UK for Adelaide Fringe, and 10-time Fringe Award Winner, Anya Anastasia, is back, with her new show The Show. It’s not cabaret. It’s her highly amusing CV in song form.
Dirty Sexy Opera
Time to have some fun with all the naughty, sexy and downright dirty opera classics.
A quirky play that will make you both laugh and consider the idiosyncrasies of life.
Kirk Dangerous Kills the Prime Minister
Larger-than-life secret agent Kirk Dangerous has been cast adrift from his native reality and stranded in 21st century Victoria. There’s only one way to get home – kill the prime minister.
Starting in May
Nocturnal Fever - Women of Sin
Bringing some of the dirtiest blues back to life, is Melbournes sexiest blues duo, Diamonds and the Blues. With a gorgeous Burlesque artist taking you on their own subversive journey each evening.
An original comedy exploring the fragilities of relationships in the face of the apocalypse.
Trio of Dips - Love Me Tinder
Join the Trio of Dips as they brave this new frontier and try to navigate their hilariously disastrous love lives through musical theatre classics, operetta gems, and pop power ballads.
The Sisters; or Galileo’s Penance
In the wake of the scandal about their father’s views on science, Galileo’s two illegitimate daughters who became nuns deal with the implications for themselves, their faith and their place in the world.
Alison Paradoxx - Floral Peroxide
Join 2016 South Australian Poetry Slam Champion, Alison Paradoxx, in a dynamic live display of performance poetry, electronic soundscapes, movement, and visual art.
Starting in June
A sweet yet very real insight into dating, fitness and the dreaded high school reunion will double as a great night out and free therapy for all.
Starting in July
I Hope it's Not Raining in London
A contemporary, hybrid-experimental theatre piece which sets out to explore our perceived realities and the effects of trauma.
Adam and Eve are really digging paradise. They are so happy, SO happy. Here, there’s no judgment. No shame. It’s the perfect place for some relentless fornication. But nothing that good lasts long.
A couple on a balcony reflect on their relationship, the day before their anniversary.
Starting in November
Four vignettes, exploring the lives of four people and how they’re all interconnected. The one thing they all have in common: sex!