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Temperance Hall


Temperance Hall is a lodging and lecture hall originally completed by the Emerald Hill Total Abstinence Society in 1888. Since 2016 it has been home to the leading Australian dance and interdisciplinary arts company, Phillip Adams BalletLab (PABL)—a champion for LGBTQIA+ artistic ambition and performances. PABL hosts a curated program of groundbreaking contemporary performances and arts activities such as rehearsals, residencies, exhibitions, community events and private functions.

What's On

Temperance Hall’s Artistic Director Phillip Adams will lead a tour of the historic building and speak of his affiliation with the stunning space. Throughout the day, a screening of SICK will be projected in the Main Hall. SICK is a cross-generational collaborative dance performance that premiered at Temperance Hall in February as part of Midsumma Festival. Performed by award-winning performers Ryan New and Phillip Adams, SICK critiques and challenges the expectations of artists – and everyone – living with disability.

Images: (1) Temperance Hall front door. Photo: Jeff Busby (2) Temperance Hall, Napier Street entry. Photo: Kristina Arnott. (3) Main Hall. Photo: Gregory Lorenzutti. (4) Upstairs Studio. Photo: Jeff Busby. (5) 'Ever' dance and live music performance. Photo: Jeff Busby.

Important Details

Time & Date

Sunday 31 July
Open 11am-4pm, includes screening of SICK throughout the day
Tour led by Artistic Director Phillip Adams, 11.30am
Running for approx. 45 minutes, for up to 40 people.

Part of the tour is upstairs which is inaccessible to wheelchairs.

Age Requirements

All Ages


Partially wheelchair accessible


199 Napier Street, South Melbourne 3205


Presented by Phillip Adams, Founder and Artistic Director of Phillip Adams BalletLab, a Melbourne contemporary dance company and resident of Temperance Hall.


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