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The Substation is one of Melbourne's few truly multi-arts venues and features a 260-seat performance space, rehearsal studio and the western suburb's largest gallery space.
Wednesday 12 March
It’s been six long years since Jon Cleary last brought his legendary band The Absolute Monster Gentlemen to Australia (despite a quick lap of the map with his trio and alongside Allen Toussaint and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band on the Legends Of New Orleans Australian Tour in 2011).
Doors open at 7.30pm
27 – 30 November
Raw performance and an epic text combine to create an extraordinary journey. Set in a brutal world, a lost dog’s adventures expose him to the best and worst of humanity. A heightened work of physical theatre, the play exceeds the boundaries of contemporary spoken word in a bold, moving tale, a profound eulogy to the Innocent.
Wednesday 27 November – Friday 29 November, 7pm
Sunday 22 December
Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything) and long-time musical collaborator Squeezebox Wally bring their famous Xmas Show to The Substation for the first time, celebrating the release of Christmas at Spencer St.
After a career of playing full fledged national tours pretty much every Christmas Mick and Wally felt it was time to make a really simple fun record that would be good to play on the road. So get into the spirit and join them for a one-off, silly season afternoon of classics and new tunes from one of Australia's best-loved musicians.
Doors open at 2.30pm
Companies in Residences
The Substation supports the work of two companies in residence, Born in a Taxi & Nat Cursio Co. These companies receive free use of the venue to rehearse, create new work, and run their own mentoring & training programs.
In 2013, The Substation presented the premiere of Nat Cursio Co.'s new work Blizzard in a sell out season, and will also host the much anticipated re-working of Born in a Taxi's The Waiting Room as part of the 2013 Big West Festival.
The Substation also has a relationship with Speak Percussion on a project-by-project basis, and has successfully partnered with Speak to deliver both community engagement & artists development projects.
Promotional shot: Nat Cursio Co. Blizzard, 2013
Get it On!
Supported development & performance program
The first & third Sunday of every month in 2014
The Substation Farmers' Market returns on Sunday 19 January!
There will be a great range of produce and artisan foods on offer at every market and stallholders will include growers of seasonal fruit and vegetables including organics and heirloom varieties. Specialties in the first summer market will include; strawberries, blueberries, nectarines and peaches. Then there’s a terrific range of delicious free-range meats, milk and cheeses, baked goods, olive oil, preserves, honey, wine and flowers.
The opening will be held along with the regular monthly Substation Artists’ Market and a summer themed event to mark the first farmers market and the beginning of summer.
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