If you're after a night out and want to try something different, La Mama Theatres in Carlton might have just what you're looking for. The venue has become something of an institution for theatre-goers since its founding in 1967, and continues to be on the forefront of independent and experimental cinema ever since.
You would be no doubt familiar with The Malthouse Theatre and the Arts Centre in the CBD, however La Mama Theatres offers a much more reasonably-priced, authentic and enriching theatric performance.
I paid $10 for a ticket to see "Whisky Ring" (no longer showing) after becoming "friends" with the theatre on Facebook. It is there you hear about the latest promotions and specials - including codewords to use over the phone to get cheap tickets.
Each show has an audience of less than 30 people, making the atmosphere extremely intimate. It feels like an incredible privilege to be so close to a performer, and so close to the forefront of contemporary Australian Theatre.
The venue itself is delightfully decorated, with an outdoor garden area with a small bar. Guests are encouraged to share a drink or a chat with the actors after the show, and all snacks and beverages are reasonably cheap.
Overall, La Mama Theatre will promise to be a unique and engaging experience - regardless of which show you see - and simply by showing up you are supporting emerging Australian directors and performance artists.