Fabulous Forties

Next date: Monday, 17 June 2024 | 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Fabulous Forties

Kingston Arts invites you to step back in time and immerse yourself in the romance of the 1940s: an iconic era of sophistication and charm.

With diverse events ranging from the heartwarming Australian musical The Sunshine Club, to classic tunes, swing dancing, and vintage cocktails, we invite you to celebrate the enduring legacy of this remarkable period. 

A celebration of the music, fashion, and spirit of one of the most memorable decades in history, join us for an unforgettable experience that will transport you back to the golden age of swing and sophistication. 

Swing Dance Class

Thursday 13 June, 7pm – 8pm

Whether you're looking to learn the basics, impress on the dance floor, or simply have a blast with friends, our Swing Dancing Class promises to be a fun and engaging evening. Channel the spirit of 1940s fashion to be in the running for some great prizes, snap a memorable pic at our photo booth, or just grab your dancing shoes for an unforgettable journey through the swing era.

No experience required - friendly instructors from Swing Patrol will guide you through the steps. 

  • Swing Dance Class $15 + booking fee
  • Swing Dance Class + Jack Earle Big Band $25 + booking fee

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Jack Earle Big Band

Thursday 13 June, 8pm – 9pm

Practice your dance moves, or sit back, and relax, and enjoy classic tunes from the height of the big band era. With a reputation as one of Melbourne's hottest large ensembles, the 17-piece Jack Earle Big Band will get the joint jumping with music from the likes of Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey and more. 

  • Jack Earle Big Band $15 + booking fee
  • Swing Dance Class + Jack Earle Big Band $25 + booking fee

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Vintage Cocktail Masterclass

with Liquid Infusions
Friday 14 June, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Get a taste for the elegance of 1940s nightlife with our exclusive cocktail masterclass. Learn how to craft old favourites such as Old Fashioneds, Martinis, and Daiquiris, under the guidance of expert mixologists from Liquid Infusions. Discover the art of crafting your own signature drinks, and immerse yourself in the world of cocktail creation as you are guided through the intricate steps of shaking, muddling, and blending, ensuring every sip is an unforgettable experience. The highlight? Savouring the fruits of your labour.

Join us for an unforgettable journey into the world of cocktails, where every pour tells a story and every sip is a celebration. Strictly 18+ event. 


$80 + booking fee (drinks included)

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The Sunshine Club

Saturday 15 June, 8pm

Set in 1946, the joyful and acclaimed musical The Sunshine Club tells the story of Aboriginal soldier Frank Doyle, who returns home to Brisbane after serving in WW2, to find that, while the world may have changed, the same attitudes and prejudices still exist at home.

  • $45 full price
  • $40 concession and groups of 4+
  • booking fee additional

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Orlando Combo with the Orlando Combo Quartet

Saturday 15 June, 7pm – 8pm

Before immersing yourself in The Sunshine Club, grab a drink from our lounge bar and enjoy the sounds of the era with a free jazz performance by the Orlando Combo quartet.


Free with ticket to The Sunshine Club. Separate booking not required.


Monday 17 June 10:30am

Moviehouse offers a diverse selection of cinematic wonders from bygone eras, with an annual membership of just $25. On 17 June, enjoy the 1947 film noir classic Dark Passage, in which a man convicted of murder escapes from prison and tries to prove his innocence with the help of a sympathetic artist. 

Join us for a cuppa at 10am before the film starts at 10.30am


Annual membership $25 + booking fee.

To purchase a membership phone Kingston Arts Box Office on 9556 4440 or arrive early to the session and purchase in person.

Morning Melodies

Tuesday 18 June, 11.00am

It's De-Lovely - A Celebration of Cole Porter brings together some of Porter's greatest hits from Broadway and Hollywood's most popular musicals in this elegant, jazzy production. Starring International cabaret performer and jazz singer Belinda Hanne-Reid along with a special guest artist, and accompanied by Mark Bradley on piano. It's De-Lovely features songs like Let's Do It Let's Fall In Love, I Get A Kick Out of You, Night and Day, Begin the Beguine, I've Got You Under My Skin, You're The Top, True Love and many more.

Arrive early for morning tea and Wurlitzer Organ performance from 10.30am.


$15 + booking fee (includes complimentary morning tea)

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  • Thursday, 13 June 2024 | 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  • Friday, 14 June 2024 | 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
  • Saturday, 15 June 2024 | 07:00 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Monday, 17 June 2024 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Tuesday, 18 June 2024 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Kingston City Hall, 979-985 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin 3189  View Map

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