For an intimate but fringe theatre experience, there is really no better place to go than Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran on Little Chapel Street. With relatively small audience areas for the productions held there, one is never left feeling too far away from the performers. While one is probably never going to see a huge mainstream production at this venue, the many local (professional) theatre groups that perform here are surely a treat.
I have had two distinct experiences at Chapel Off Chapel. The first was seeing a piece that has been performed internationally: The Laramie Project. This was my second time seeing a production of that performance, and watching it affirmed what I already knew: The Laramie Project is one of my all time favourite shows. The production at Chapel off Chapel was very professional, and left me feeling very moved.
My second experience was seeing a piece of Cabaret Theatre entitled Flashers, which was part of a series called "Random Acts of Cabaret". This show was very much Australian based, with jokes about many individuals that show up on the news here.
While I am still glad that I went to see this show, it left me a bit perplexed. I am not sure if it is because I am from the States and have only been in Melbourne for a couple of years, but I was unable to really follow the story. Then again, it was an avant-garde performance, so perhaps there was no story to follow, just emotions to feel.
To live up to my signature of "Living Melbourne on a Budget", I suppose I should offer up a tip on making Chapel off Chapel (And other theatre) as affordable as it can be: Subscribe to Lasttix in order to get emails about discounted upcoming performances at various theatres. Chapel off Chapel often advertises events on this newsletter, it was through this that I got two for one tickets for both of the shows I saw there.
Go and watch some theatre, without breaking the bank.