Melbourne: The drama begins. After years living off tips gleaned from bar work in the 9th arrondisement, Madeleine’s opening night’s performance of Mimi is abandoned, as the second, once in a thousand year flood in five years, swamps Melbourne’s Art Centre. Courageously, in a surreal and nightmarish mise en scene, Madeleine, Sam Newman and Ted Mulry, chanting “do it for the jumper,” stuff Patricia Piccinini -esque, from the Countdown years, four digit Troll Dolls into sand bags, in a despairing effort to stem the flood waters swirling around the NGV’s forecourt. The Act’s penultimate scene, finds Madeleine performing Purcell’s aria Dido’s Lament, from the steps of Parliament House, heroically undistracted by the deluge of Troll Dolls bobbing around her soaking, socked ankles. “Remember me, remember me, but ah forget my fate.” As St Kilda slides into Port Phillip Bay, the curtain comes down on Melbourne and Bill Henson humming hauntingly Christie Allen’s Goosebumps backed by Ronnie Burns and The Flies. The reprise finds Madeleine in Sicilia.