What's On


Joseph O’Farrell (JOF)
& Sam Halmarack

Presented in Season 2 2017

World Premiere
Presented by Arts House

7pm, Wed 6 Dec
7pm, Thu 7 Dec
7pm, Fri 8 Dec
2pm, Sat 9 Dec
7pm, Sat 9 Dec
5pm, Sun 10 Dec
65 mins

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Smoke effects, some loud music,  strobe effects and strong language

Show Program:
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Wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description – 5pm, Sun 10 Dec.
Listen here for more information and contact Will at Description Victoria to make a booking.

You are invited to the final requiem for the last music joint left in town.

Joseph O’Farrell (The Suitcase Royale) and UK’s Sam Halmarack (Festival of Live Art, 2014) combine theatre with the fist-pumping euphoria and power ballads of a stadium gig, in WE ARE LIGHTNING!, a darkly comical work that reflects on the importance of communal spaces where people can come together and express themselves.

North Melbourne Town Hall is transformed into a music venue on the brink of closure. A teen band, a community choir and ageing rockers join JOF’s drums and Sam’s guitar to mark and protest its demise, leading audiences through a strange ceremony and heartfelt celebration of how music shapes the lives of the people that play it.

Join us for our last chance to come together and be saved by music.

Written, Devised, Composed and Produced by:
Sam Halmarack & Joseph O’Farrell (JOF)
Project Manager:
Bindi Green
Production Manager:
Ethan Hudson
Danielle Bustman
Lightning Design:
Jen Hector
Ian Pidd
Choir Director:
Ruth Kennedy

Harmony for Humanity
Living Music
 school Director
Andrew McSweeney
Hanna Yachou
Social Impact assessor and Producer:
Jo Porter
Pia Johnson
Tamara Murphy
Live music:
Performed by Pythagoras and the Field

Supported by – Arts House, Creative Victoria and Arts Council England.
Image – Paul Blakemore