The Suitcase Project



  • 11th May KURILPA HALL, West End, QLD

    • 6.30pm The Patron Saints Of Disappointment FB EVENT $20
      • The Patron Saints of Disappointment bring stories and songs they have collected on their sagely travels from unholy misery to gold plated shiny-ness: how do YOU deal with disappointment? A collaboration with Kylie Morrigan (Melbourne) and Jan Harvey (Brisbane). BOOK TICKETS

    • 7.30pm Handle With Care FB EVENT $20
      • A suitcase cabaret about heartache, heartbreak and heart-mending. Novocastrian songwriters Anousha Victoire and Madeleine Flowers join Melissa Main to sew the pieces of their hearts together and tell the universal and personal story of heartbreak. BOOK TICKETS
  • 19th May KURILPA HALL, West End, QLD

    • 6.30pm Destination: Elsewhere FB EVENT $20 
      • Four women seeking creative ways to get UNSTUCK. Apply within. A Suitcase Cabaret collaboration with Claire McLisky, Julia Burns, Nicola Ossher and Melissa Main. BOOK TICKETS
    • 7.30pm The Road To Human FB EVENT $20
      • She travels making punctuation marks along her life, Melissa Main presents stories, songs and characters from the road. Accompanied by Nicola Ossher and Rob Wheeler. BOOK TICKETS
  • 24th May GREEN OWL CAFE FB EVENT $10
    • supporting Tom Smith and Fingerless EP Launch

  • 25th May KURILPA HALL, West End, QLD

    • 6.30pm Inside Down and Out FB EVENT $20
      • Two down-and-out travellers meet on the road, share music, tales of childhood, sweet sorrow and a persistent sense of hope for one-day-happy endings. A Suitcase Cabaret collaboration between Jay Kingdom and Melissa Main. BOOK TICKETS
    • 7.30pm Untitled Work In Progress FB EVENT $20
      • A Suitcase Cabaret collaboration with Rob Wheeler, Glenys Anderson and Melissa Main. BOOK TICKETS



Melissa Main (AKA The Musician’s Accomplice) is seeking expressions of interest from Participants, Collaborators and Patrons ANYWHERE IN AUSTRALIA for an extensive, multi-modal project entitled “SUITCASE”…People of ALL experience levels are welcome!
VISION: Melissa will work with individuals and groups to plan, organise, create, rehearse and perform and/or record original pieces of musical work. The resulting works will be challenging, beautiful, poignant and funny. Each participant will work with Melissa and others to further their skills in music creation, making and/or performing.
The resourcing, timing, logistical and funding details will be decided with participants.
See progress in the Suitcase Diaries.

Melissa Main is an award-winning songwriter, experienced performer, teacher, coach and facilitator. She is keen to hit the road in 2018 with her dog Tilly and make original musical art with interesting people as an artist in residence.

Some of Melissa’s previous collaborative and facilitative projects include:

“Melissa Main and the FU Betties” Melbourne Fringe Festival Project (A sellout Fringe show with former Singing For the Terrified students)

“Kick the Bucket” Death Folk Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe (A sellout Fringe show with collaborator Nicola Bell)

“Feminista Vocal Club Project” (A multi-modal, multi-generational show and historical protest-song honour project)

“Jam Fancy Music Camp” (An inclusive facilitated live music making space for Burning Seed Festival)

Ain’t Dead Yet Music Camps (inclusive, individualised, play-based learning musical experiences).