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By Libby Curran
January 22, 2021
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By Libby Curran
January 22, 2021
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Melbourne has scored a major new outdoor performance space, playing host to theatre, comedy, live music and just about everything in between. The courtyard of the iconic Malthouse Theatre — which is also shared by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and dance company Chunky Move — has been transformed into an al fresco cultural hub, known as Malthouse Outdoor Stage.

Making its debut on Thursday, January 21, precinct aims to offer a new way to help Melbourne's arts scene embrace the post-COVID-19 era, responding to increased demand for outdoor performance venues. Featuring cabaret-style seating for up to 312 guests, Malthouse Outdoor Stage is being brought to life with support from both the Sidney Myer Fund and the Victorian Government. And it's premiering with a huge bang, kicking off its debut season with a jam-packed calendar of live tunes and performances for all palates.

Indie music touring company Penny Drop has jumped on board for a series of gigs, ranging from the soulful jazz sounds of ARIA Award-winner Kaiit, to the critically acclaimed smooth rhythms of Emma Donovan & The Putbacks.

Melbourne-based comedy producers Token Events will be delivering the laughs, with a lineup of shows from the likes of Eddie Perfect, stand-up star Anne Edmonds and legendary duo Lano & Woodley. Deeper into the year, expect loads more events held in conjunction with the likes of Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Midsumma and First Nations festival Yirramboi. There'll be regular workshops, talks and other events from organisations like the Wheeler Centre, Chunky Move and ACCA, plus, get set for a program of happenings as part of 2021's inaugural winter arts festival Rising — an expanded hybrid event replacing Melbourne International Arts Festival and White Night.

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