The Book of Fête: Chapter Two
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The Book of Fête: Chapter Two

180 mins
Fri 23 Mar 8:00 PM
Old Melbourne Gaol

General Admission

Have you committed a crime against literature? Maybe you’ve only pretended to read Dostoyevsky. Maybe you’re guilty of buying more books when you already have a teetering to-be-read pile. Maybe you haven’t read a single Harry Potter book! Well it’s time to serve your sentence.

Experience the Old Melbourne Gaol as you never have before – by night, with an incredible soundtrack of jailhouse rock courtesy of Melbourne-grown, New Orleans–inspired jazz and blues virtuosos Jazz Party. Award-winning comedian Judith Lucy leads a line-up of special guests who will serve up literary punishment to all those who deserve it, and perform readings that will make you cringe. Then get out of the shackles and onto the dancefloor!

MWF and immersive theatre-makers The Boon Companions invite you to serve your time. Dust off your jumpsuit, and throw yourself into an evening of music, spoken word, and some truly terrible poetry.

Doors open at 7.45pm; performance starts at 8pm. Drinks will be available for purchase from the bar.

Dress: Jumpsuits


Melbourne Writers Festival is delighted to announce a new series of soirées, The Book of Fête.

Partnering with immersive theatre-makers and local art collective The Boon Companions, we will present a series of monthly affairs, each with a new theme, new location, and new array of secret special guests. Limited tickets will be available to these nights of music, dancing, spoken word and sartorial elegance. Subscribe to MWF eNews to hear about the next party!

Old Melbourne Gaol

377 Russell Street
Melbourne, VIC, 3000
When the Old Melbourne Gaol was built in the mid-1800s, it dominated the Melbourne skyline as a symbol of authority. Inside the Gaol, dangerous criminals were held alongside petty offenders, the homeless and the mentally ill. Between 1842 and its closure in 1929 the gaol was the scene of 133 hangings including Australia’s most infamous citizen, the bushranger Ned Kelly. Today you can visit the Old Melbourne Gaol to find out was life was like for the men and women who lived and died here all those years ago.
The Gaol is a short walk from Melbourne Central Station, and close to tram stops on both Swanston (1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72) and La Trobe (30, 35, 96, 109) streets. A bus stop (200, 207) is right out the front. Visit to plan your journey. The Gaol does not have on-site parking but there is paid street parking on La Trobe Street and several car parks close by including Melbourne Central and QV. There are three parking spaces for people with a disability permit on La Trobe Street. You’ll find bike racks on and near the corner of Swanston and La Trobe streets, and Swanston and Little Lonsdale streets.
The Gaol is partially wheelchair accessible. The Gaol is over three levels and due to the building’s heritage status does not have lifts or ramps. The ground level is wheelchair accessible but please note the cell doors are narrow and may not be wide enough for some wheelchairs. At this event 95% of the performances will take place on the ground level. The wheelchair accessible bathroom is located in the courtyard. The Gaol does not have on-site parking but there are three parking spaces for people with a disability permit on La Trobe Street.

24 August – 2 September 2018