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We hope you feel uplifted, inspired and connected while enjoying our digital highlights and a curated list of online offerings from our friends. Be sure to keep checking in, as videos will be updated regularly.


Performances & Talks

Live Broadcasts

Because the show must go on, we are bringing artists and musicians to you virtually.


Big Night In with John Foreman - Christine Anu

Big Night In with John Foreman

Back by popular demand! Season two of the musical entertainment show brings six new episodes, a brand new line-up of stars and a weekly musical finale performed by the Aussie Pops Orchestra.

Winner: Time Out Melbourne’s ‘Time In Award’ for Best Livestream

Streaming Wednesdays, 7pm

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Keeping the Curtain Up

Now available for viewing at your leisure featuring interviews with special guests Lisa McCune, Lucy Durack, Alinta Chidzey and Zahra Newman.

Available until 31 December

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Dear Australia

50 playwrights have written fearless and inspiring postcards to Dear Australia, performed by 50 different actors. Explore the diverse voices of our nation through a three-part series of microplays.

Available until 23 December, 11:59pm

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Take Over! 2020

Take Over!

10 fearless and unique artistic explorations will take shape in artists’ homes across Victoria, in the lead up to their presentation at Melbourne Fringe in November. You can share in the creative process through a series of At Home Residency Showings.

Streaming Saturdays 25 July – 26 September, 2pm

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Choose Your Own Variety with Ali McGregor

Your lockdown plans just got a bit more adventurous. Melbourne cabaret queen Ali McGregor is back to host a hilarious online variety show, with a bit of a twist.


Ali McGregor

Family Episode

Choose your own school holiday adventure with some of Melbourne’s favourite performers! In this special family edition, Ali McGregor is joined by Frank Woodley, The Listies, Dandyman, Dane Simpson, Clara Cupcakes, and LOL Squad’s Ethan Gallagher and Patti Fawcett.

Streaming on demand until Tuesday 6 October, 10:30am

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Claire Hooper

Episode 3

In this episode we’re joined by the brilliant Claire Hooper, award-winning comedian David Quirk, burlesque royalty Zelia Rose, The Bombay Royale lead singer Parvyn and cabaret star Jude Perl.

Streaming from Friday 2 October, 7.30pm (AEST)

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Nath Valvo

Episode 4

Our epic series finale features comedian Dilruk Jayasinha, gin-soaked cabaret chanteuse Tina Del Twiste, the hilarious Nath Valvo, Aboriginal and Torres Strait lslander singer Jessie Lloyd and the fierce and fabulous Tanzer.

Streaming from Friday 9 October, 7.30pm (AEST)

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Ali McGregor

Episode Highlights

Catch up on a playlist of some of our favourite moments from past episodes. Featuring artists such as Sammy J, Thando, Cal Wilson, Zoë Coombs Marr, Gillian Cosgriff, Michelle Brasier and more.

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Archival Recordings

We are pleased to be able to share some archival recordings of performances we have previously presented in our theatres. These recordings vary in broadcast quality as they were filmed for documentation purposes, and are generally not available to the public.


Asia TOPA Connected The Planet A Lament

The Planet – A Lament
By Garin Nugroho

Presented as part of Asia TOPA 2020, relive wild dance and striking film, set to an evocative song cycle from a 14-voice choir.

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Asia TOPA Connected Metal

Metal
By Lucy Guerin Inc and Ensemble Tikoro

Dancers and metal-heads share the stage in this meeting of cultures and art forms, originally presented as part of Asia TOPA 2020.

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Artist Talks

Matthew McConaughy

A Night In With Matthew McConaughy
Streaming 21 October, 7pm

We invite you to experience, online, this exclusive event with the Academy Award-winning actor and self-proclaimed pickle expert to celebrate the publication of his debut memoir Greenlights.

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Nigella Lawson

A Night In With Nigella Lawson
On demand 5 – 7 November

Join Nigella, interviewed by journalist Tom Sutcliffe for this exclusive online event as she shares the rhythms and rituals of her kitchen to celebrate the publication of Cook, Eat, Repeat.

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Shaun Tan: Author Talk

Discover the creative process behind best-selling Australian children’s author and illustrator, Shaun Tan, creator of The Red Tree and The Lost Thing.

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The Kiln 2019

The Kiln 2019

A series of vibrant panels recorded for The Kiln program, exploring topics of access, inclusion and representation in our independent arts community.

  

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Behind the Scenes

Go behind the scenes at Arts Centre Melbourne. Watch this curated selection of interviews, short documentaries, sketches and series from some of favourite our past projects - both on and off the stage.


WARRIOR

Ziggy Ramo blew us away with his powerful performance in his recent Vault Sessions digital concert, filmed on the iconic Hamer Hall stage. Take a look at this short documentary about the hip hop artists latest album, Black Thoughts. Directed by Mel Branson, this film featuring some incredible behind the scenes footage of the concert.

 


Asia TOPA Connected

Asia TOPA Connected

Discover more about the artists and their creative processes in this series of mini documentaries. Featuring Asia TOPA 2020 highlights - Samsara, The Seen and Unseen, Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep and Virtual Intimacy.

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Long Play Series

The Australian Music Vault asked some of the country’s most influential trailblazers and unsung heroes to open up about their lives in music as part of our Long Play Series. Featuring Tina Arena AM, Archie Roach, Michael Gudinski AM and Judith Durham AO.

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Those Who Rock

Go backstage of this epic community rock concert, where hundreds of everyday Melbournian's got the chance to live the dream of playing live on the Hamer Hall stage with a line-up of Aussie music legends.

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Anthem

Hear from the five creatives, Andrew Bovell, Melissa Reeves, Irine Vela, Christos Tsiolkas and Patricia Cornelius, behind our provocative theatre commission Anthem. Presented as part of Melbourne International Arts Festival in 2019.

Duration: 4 minutes

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From our Friends

While our resident companies and festivals can’t perform at our venue, they are bringing their inspired digital offerings to your home. And, because we don’t want you to miss out, we will also regularly share a selection of the intimate, inventive and entertaining works being made by independent artists.


Archie Roach | Back to Charcoal Lane

Hear songs and stories from Charcoal Lane with weekly episodes celebrating 30 years since the release of the award-winning album. Archie is joined for a yarn by special guests including Paul Kelly, the pair first met 30 years ago in Melbourne Concert Hall (Hamer Hall).

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The Standup Sessions

The Standup Sessions

Melbourne International Comedy Festival bring us some seriously funny content to enjoy during lockdown. The five-part series is hosted by Nazeem Hussain, featuring Frank Woodley, Rhys Nicholson and Denise Scott plus more local comedy favourites and rising stars.

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Opera Australia: Madama Butterfly

Opera Australia | Madama Butterfly – Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour (2014)

Ever since it fluttered onto the world's stages in 1904, Puccini’s Japanese tragedy has moved and fascinated audiences in equal measure. This bold and beautiful staging reveals exactly why the world can’t get enough of Madama Butterfly.

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The Australian Ballet | Bodytorque.Digital

The Australian Ballet | Bodytorque.Digital

Five new works showcase the endurance of creativity during isolation as part of TAB’s choreographic development program. The up-and-coming choreographers have been tasked with developing works designed specifically for the digital space.

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Melbourne Theatre Company: Backstage Banter

John Bell | One Man In His Time

For a fascinating look into the enduring power of language and theatre join John Bell as he reflects on Shakespeare’s plays and a lifetime spent performing and directing them. Streaming from 28 August, as part of Sydney Opera House's digital season.

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MSO Livestream

Best of MSO Live Online Vol. 1

Join the MSO as they livestream the best performances from their 2020 digital season across two volumes on Thursday 13 August and Thursday 27 August at 7:30pm. The first stream will feature stunning Australian works plus Copland's Appalachian Spring.

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