Club Voltaire

Home to some of the city's best fringe shows.
Gary Brun
Published on July 01, 2023


Located down a very laneway in North Melbourne lurks one of the city's most interesting and exciting venues. Named for the French philosopher, who famously once wrote, "Common sense is not so common," Club Voltaire is a venue that encourages exploration, creativity, expression and performance, which we think is a very common sense thing to do.

This fifty-seat theatre hosts everything from live theatre, comedy, burlesque, DaDa, vaudeville, drag shows, circus acts and absurdist performances to surrealist shows, workshops and magic acts. It's a place for the creatively inclined in Melbourne to come and express themselves in a space that is supportive, welcoming, and exciting. If you've got something edgy you want to show on stage, this is the place to try it out.

Of all the different acts here, it's the comedy that gets a regular gig, with comedy nights featuring Wednesdays and Sundays, while occasional shows on Friday and Saturday pop up, too. The lineup will feature both established stars and up-and-comers, and for a small fee at the door, you'll have a night of belly-aching laughter to look forward to.


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