This page is your guide to what’s happening around Showcase Victoria in May. Explore the events below to plan your evenings after a day of networking at Showcase

4 – 14 May 2023

YIRRAMBOI festival platforms the interconnectedness and diversity of First Nations creatives, locally, nationally and internationally. A 10 day feast of mediums spanning the breadth of artistic expressions with a collective voice of resilience and evolutionary practices. Emerging, mid-career and established First Nations creatives taking back space to crack open the heart of Melbourne, revealing the hum of country beneath. Will you hear it?

Returning for its 4th Iteration from the 4 – 14 May 2023, YIRRAMBOI will again invite audiences to immerse themselves in our stories, our truth, our way.

Showcase attendees are encouraged to explore the YIRRAMBOI program and attend shows while in town. Full festival program available below. 

Killing Time | LA MAMA Theatre
9 & 10 May

Tickets range from $8 – $20
La Mama Courthouse| 349 Drummond Street, Carlton VIC

A new play by Jack Hibberd. Kill some time with the Father of Time and his servant Tod. A darkly – comic take on the Time we all pass and that passes us.

Extasy Morricone | Live at The Counts
Wednesday, 10 May 2023, 7:30pm

Tickets range from $10 – $25
The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts, 48 Exhibition Walk, Clayton 3800

EXTASY MORRICONE celebrates the jazz-influenced, psychedelic, progressive and adventurous side of Ennio Morricone’s film music from the late 60s to the early 80s through a collection of vocal songs with unexpected and mesmerising lyrics by some of Italy’s finest vocalists – a show for music and cinephiles alike!

Selling Kabul | Red Stitch Theatre
22 April – 21 May

Tickets range from $20 – $69
Red Stitch Actors’ TheatreRear 2 Chapel Street, St Kilda East VIC

Selling Kabul is a emotional and eye opening production about the United Staes withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. Khoury’s Pulitzer nominated drama powerfully portrays the humanity and courage of one Afghan family, and asks ‘what would you do to save another person’s life?’

Cultural Sketch | Greater City of Dandenong
Tuesday, 9 May 2023, 6:00pm -8:00pm 

Free Event.
Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre | Walker and Robinson streets, Dandenong

Cultural Sketch is apart of a series in the Creative RISE initiative that offers arts community opportunities to gain skills, pass on knowledge and share experiences. 

This is a class where you do not need skills it’s all about enthusiasm, interest and willingness to have a go. 

Each month a member of our arts community will be our Cultural Sketch presenter and model. They will share their story, creative interests, arts practice, favourite music and other aspects of their creative world. During the evening, the audience is encouraged to sketch and draw our presenter, their favourite objects or responses to their story.

Macbeth | Arts Centre Melbourne
27 April – 14 May

Tickets range from $45 – $110
Arts Centre Melbourne | Fairfax Studio, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3004

MacBeth, one of Shakespear’s most haunting thriller follows the story of Macbeth, a Scottish general, famed for his exploits on the battlefield. 

Loaded | Malthouse Theatre
5 – 28 May

Tickets range from $20 – $65
Malthouse Theatre | Beckett Theatre, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank, VIC 3006, Australia

First adapted as the award-winning 1998 film Head On, then reimagined as an audio adaptation in 2020, Loaded finally takes the mainstage with director Stephen Nicolazzo (Looking for Alibrandi) joining writers Dan Giovannoni and Christos Tsiolkas (The SlapMerciless Gods) to present Ari’s anarchic odyssey that sees him travel the four corners of Melbourne.

Honest, raw, and passionate—a lot can happen in a sweaty night at The Peel.

Happy Days | Melbourne Theatre Company
1 May – 10 June

Tickets range from $47 – $120
Southbank Theatre | The Sumner, 140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank Victoria 3006 · 

Comedian Judith Lucy takes on the role of Winnie, the determined optimist in the face of an endless existential crisis. Acclaimed as one of the best plays ever written, Samuel Beckett‘s masterpiece Happy Days is an absurdist, tragicomic tour-de-force – that just happens to be a pitch-perfect commentary on our times.

A 20th-century classic, Happy Days was written more than 60 years ago but has never been more resonant, its absurdity acutely reflecting our reality. Director Petra Kalive (Laurinda) leads Judith Lucy and Hayden Spencer in this wildly funny, not to be missed production.