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Photography by Pier Carthew.
Italian Social Club Altona 71-79 Kyle Rd, Altona North VIC 3025
10–19 October 2023
Tue–Thu 7–8:30pm

Wheelchair accessible


$35 General Admission
$25 Concession
$25 Hobsons Bay Resident
$15 First Nations / Blak Tix

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WAKE is a new performance installation by powerhouse experimental theatre makers THE RABBLE, and produced by Performing Lines. Created with an ensemble of older women from Melbourne's West about the body, death and loneliness, it embraces connection, the rituals we inhabit as we age and the spaces where we feel most comfortable.

Audiences are welcomed into the iconic Italian Social Club Altona to experience a work that is part party, part surreal vaudeville show, part conversation and part town hall meeting. WAKE asks audiences to consider the difficult and taboo discussions around ageing but also celebrates the subtle power of eight spectacular older women.

Exploring the ever-increasing hostility towards women’s bodies particularly for older people, WAKE features acts of artistic courage created by the participating women, featuring anything from a ukulele solo to a professional wrestling bout; a Shakespeare monologue to a political speech. In an age of dislocation, WAKE is a work of solidarity.

There will also be an exhibition of video works on display throughout the Italian Social Club as part of WAKE for audiences to experience before and after the performance.

Come and join us at the Italian Social Club Altona for an evening of art and celebration.


Co-Creators & Co-Directors: Emma Valente and Kate Davis
Community Liaison: Cassandra Fumi
Set, Costume & Video Designer: Kate Davis

Sound Designer, Composer & Video Designer: Emma Valente Lighting Designer & Associate
Set Designer: Emma Lockhart-Wilson
Co-Creators & Performers: Heather Cull, Sandy Daly, Marilyn Davies, Sally Goldner, Clare Larman, Terri Seddon, Jo Walker and Sandy Wood
Production Manager: Nate Evans
Stage Manager: Zsuzsa Gaynor Mihaly

Associate Artists: Dana Miltins & Mary Helen Sassman
Produced by Performing Lines VIC


Please note that this event is happening offsite at the Italian Social Club Altona, 71-79 Kyle Rd, Altona North VIC 3025.

Doors and Bar open as well as video installation available for viewing from 6.15pm.

Please note The Italian Social Club Altona is only accessible via car, with plenty of free car parking available on site. For those unable to get to the venue by car, there are a limited number of spots available on a free shuttle bus leaving at 6.30pm from The Substation (200m from Newport Station) and heading directly to and from the Italian Social Club Altona. The bus is wheelchair accessible. To book a one-way and/or return trip on the shuttle bus, simply select your show tickets below, and then add the Shuttle Bus Add On to your cart.

Please note that latecomers will not be admitted.


This event contains strobe and flashing lights, sudden loud noises and will be presented in low lighting. The performance contains mild coarse language and references to sex, death, euthanasia, mental health and COVID-19.


The seating provided for this performance will be chairs with backs. The event is wheelchair accessible and accessible toilets are available.


The performance on Thursday 12 October will be Auslan interpreted by Cindi Boychuk and Leah Collins.


Commissioned by The Substation and Melbourne Fringe Festival.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the Besen Family Foundation, and Hobsons Bay City Council.

The project received Cash to Create through the Fringe Fund, with thanks to Christopher Reed, Rosemary Walls and Pinky Watson as part of the Pulse Giving Circle.

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