Techno and bubbles: summer shows at Arts House

Welcome the warmer weather with four short and joyous performances at Arts House in North Melbourne from 1 to 4 December.

We have some of our city’s leading artists lined up in the wings, and with all tickets $20 (or $10 for BLAKTIX) it’s even easier to binge on these long-awaited works.

Arts House Artistic Director Emily Sexton said she is eager to have audiences back inside the building.

‘These incredible works were all originally commissioned through our Housewarming call-out in the middle of 2020 and we can now finally share them with everyone,’ Emily said.

‘These unforgettable experiences will remind people how wonderful live performance can be for the soul.’

Here’s what’s in store in the first week of December:


Be uplifted by an immersive sonic performance that will refresh your senses with techno music that skews binary frameworks. Expect loud, percussive drumming, smoke, haze and lasers.

SINK unites the talents of underground music icon Simona Castricum with Carla Zimbler’s light and projection sorcery under a grand installation of hanging ropes. Watch the trailer.

2. Love Me (Bar) Tender

Come thirsty and unburden yourself in a tarot-like experience with a bartender who is ready to lend a generous ear and find answers in a custom cocktail.

Created by Stage Mom, Love Me (Bar) Tender welcomes you back to the age-old tradition of chatting over a drink in a bar and shines a light on the often-invisible role of the bartender.


Experience a hypnotic 15-minute side show for four people where a fascinating new species is conjured before your eyes. This show examines the ways we judge others as same or different.

A mysterious blend of seance, party trick, alien encounter and horror movie, ENTITY is performed by Mark Deans from Back to Back Theatre, an ensemble of neuro-diverse artists.

4. Soap Bubbles and the Forces Which Mould Them

Venture one-by-one into an artistic ode to hygiene and physics inspired by nineteenth century scientist Sir Charles Vernon Boys, who was fascinated by bubbles.

Described by esteemed creator Brian Lipson as a ‘floating ghost train’, Soap Bubbles and the Forces Which Mould Them uses soap as a metaphor for the fragility of living within a pandemic.

To view the program in more detail and book your tickets, visit Arts House.