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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Fiona O’loughlin

There is something unique about O’loughlin musings on the Australian identity. Being born to an migrant family, a child hood spent in a small country town, escaping to the big smoke in pursuit of her dreams. It’s the kind of story line that we know so well through our own personal experience, or as represented in our screen cultures and literature. O’loughlin, having experienced some pretty dark battles, takes this almost cliched story line, lacing it with some deliciously dark antidotes, that emerge throughout the performance in the most perfect of moments.

Perhaps to liken O’loughlin story and popularity with Australia’s love for the underdog is a little reductive, but can not be overlooked. She speaks candidly about her battles with addiction, the breakdown of her marriage, and the pressures of parenthood. From the sharing of her own experience she further adds subject matter, that to an Australian audience is unquestionably resonate. Some of the best lines surround the expense paid for IVF treatment, the 80s in Australia and on a more contemporary note, even Cocaine Cassie makes an appearance.

The material here, has been unpacked by many comics, film makers and authors, and it is a risky choice for any one wanting a refresh. But this is Fiona O’loughlin, a woman that always takes what has been done that little bit further, and sometimes to far.

Also, it should be mentioned that for nearly four weeks earlier this year, O’loughlin was in a coma given only a 7 percent chance of pulling through. It is perhaps because of this, that the performance has a certain quality not often found. Here we see a veteran performer rediscovering her craft with a fresh perspective, it’s not just an hour of heavily edited and rehearsed stand up,  at time’s O’loughlin focus seems elsewhere, moments that falter,  endear us all the more. Anyone who shows such strength and fragility on stage, while sharing so deeply and gifting so much laughter, needs to be commended.

With one of O’loughlin daughters the opening act, singing three of her original songs is a peculiar choice. The obvious conclusion to draw from such choice, would be as an antidote to the comedy which follows. But with similar themes from both performers  the bleak reality of life and the connection of family is what stays in the mind throughout and post performance.

Is this the greatest hour of comedy served up by O’loughlin, perhaps not, but with so many moments which remain with you, it is certainly not without merit. How O’loughlin further shapes her craft moving forward will be interesting, let’s hope she continues her story telling in such a raw and brutally honest manner.

Fiona’s season has finished, however there are a stack of great shows happening or coming up soon down at Map 57, to check out their full program click here

Pink Flappy Bits

Flappaganza is Flappy as!

Like recurring thrush, feminist duo Pink Flappy Bits are back with their raucous comedy-cabaret – and their friends are itching to get in on the fun. Returning to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival afte sold-out run in 2016, the girls are teaming up with their most flamboyant, feisty friends, saluting the moistest parts of us all, in an eclectic, cabaret
extravaganza – a Flappaganza.

Pink Flappy Bits is the creation of Louise Mapleston and Tara Dowler. It is a tour-de-farce by two young feminists exploring the intricacies of gender politics in the only way they know how – through cabaret, humour and song.

Louise and Tara met tramping the boards for Monday Uni Student Theatre. Both women are powerful musicians and songstresses in their own right and together form a musical whirlwind of sass, soul and blues.

With original musical numbers, including the catchy ‘White Feminist’ and soaring ‘One Boob (Is a Little Bit Bigger)’ anthem, the girls will have you cackling, crying and tapping your feet. Add to that a selection of some of the most rambunctious musical, burlesque, cabaret and comic talents in Melbourne and you’ve got a Pink Flappy cocktail that is sure to satisfy.

Ready your Kotex, double your undies and laugh with confidence.

‘These girls have mastered self-depricating humour.’ The Plus Ones

Venue: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne
Dates: 3rd – 9 thApril
Time: 5:30pm
Tickets:$25-32
Bookings: thebutterflyclub.com

IMPROVILICIOUS: The Improvised Guide to BFFs

Meet Ben and Cassie – your new best friends. After conquering the internet, high school, and history, our award-winning improvisers are back with their new impro-larious, edu-comical and help-arific guide to making and maintaining best friends forever.

These (possibly) real-life BFFs have created an improvised experience especially for tweens and teenagers about the positives and pitfalls of friendship.

At every show, Ben and Cassie bring a few new besties from the audience to join them on an epic improvised adventure. Get on stage or sit back and watch the made-up-on-the-spot merriment and madness. With audience participation and awesome improvisation, every show is unique!

“Great, honest and wholesome performance for the whole family… sure to tickle your fancy.” Weekend Note

Anya Anastasia presents – ROGUE ROMATIC

Serenades from a Delinquent Diva Contemporary, bold, sparkling, sexy and packed with punchy humor this new work from Anya Anastasia follows on from her award winning hit Torte E Mort: Songs of Cake and Death.

Feisty, feminist, fierce, multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed cabaret femme fatale
Anya Anastasia has gone ROGUE!

Rogue Romantic is the follow up from Anya’s latest award winning show Torte e Mort: Songs
of Cake and Death that won awards, hearts and stars all over Australia.

The limited season of this new work will run from Wednesday March 29 to Sunday April 2 at
the beautiful Melba Spiegeltent, Collingwood.

Armed with a biting wit, fuelled by a lust for revenge and backed up by her new kick-ass full
band Anya’s Rogue Romantic is a seductive and exhilarating night of music, theatre and fun.
A night filled with electrifying twists, hilarious physical comedy, intense audience interaction and Roque should draw out a titter or two. Audiences will experience the thrill of this extravagant, glamorous and off-kilter diva right in their very laps (literally)!

Channelling Yma Sumac and Shirley Bassey, Anya’s vocals range from husky cabaret to operatic soprano, to the delight of cabaret, live music and theatre lovers.

Rogue Romantic follows hot on the heels of her smash hit 2016 Edinburgh Fringe season of ‘Torte e Mort: Songs of Cake and Death’ which also won The 2016 Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award for Best Cabaret.

Now we can bear witness to this multi-talented artist as she smashes the stage with a star-studded band and all new original songs.

Rogue Romantic is directed by Wes Snelling, with dramaturgy by Clare Bartholomew (Die Roten Punkte), and musical direction by Lucian McGuiness (Scotch and Soda, Company).
Don’t miss the performer critics and audiences alike are labelling “a major MAJOR talent” Stage Whispers.

Tickets are limited, so book now at trybooking.com

Event Details
Anya Anastasia presents

ROGUE ROMATIC
Serenades from a Delinquent Diva.
Melba Spiegeltent,
35 Johnston St, Collingwood

Dates: Wednesday 29 March to Sunday 2 April, 2017
Times: 8.00pm
Tickets: Adult – $30
Concession – $25
Parental guidance recommended (PG)
Bookings: trybooking.com

Website: anyaanastasia.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/anyaanastasiaartist
Video Content: anyaanastasia.com/gallery/video/

 

The Architects of Sound: Arena Spectacular @ MICF

WHAT ITEM CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT IN THE REHEARSAL ROOM?

Valencia:  The Macbook pro. Without it we simply would not be the iconic indie musicians you know and bow down to today.

Sutro: A soy decaf latte on cold press almond milk, and make it Irish.

Amaro: My Japanese Koto.

WHAT’S THE BEST SHOW YOU’VE EVER SEEN?

Valencia: Mariah Carey’s 2016 New Year’s Countdown really pushed lip sync boundaries. We hope to beat it during our run.

Amaro: I’d have to say seeing Rogue Traders at the Eatons Hill Hotel – I was totally inspired by how they didn’t let their dwindling cultural relevance get them down.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST EVER PERFORMANCE YOU WERE IN?

Amaro: Many of you would be familiar with my breakout role. It was a 3-episode arc on McLeod’s Daughters where I played McLeod’s youngest daughter ‘Jiblet McLeod’ who was tragically run over by a rogue tractor from a neighbouring farm.

Sutro: I performed the leading role in the school nativity play… the Star of Bethlehem.

Amaro: Although Sutro didn’t have any lines she truly was the standout performer, which is why we wanted her to be in The Architects of Sound in the first place.

Valencia: My first performance explored the concept of endurance and was a 52 hour long DJ set at a rooftop bar in brisbane where I only played the spanglish version of  “The Ketchup Song” by Las Ketchup.

WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?

Amaro: You know, that is a great question.  Why do we do what we do? Well, because we simply could not do anything else. When you are a musical genius, it isn’t a matter of choosing to write music, it is a matter of having to. We are just  vessels for creativity.  It’s our job. We are sonic auteurs. We see what is happening in the world and then we create music as a means to comprehend and understand what is going on.  A perfect example of this is when we wrote the dance hall track “Where are my toes?” It was really just an investigation into where we had put our toes and also where THE WORLD had put THEIR TOES. So, it’s all about connection, coming together and engaging large audiences and starting a conversation. That’s why we do it.

But then you know, there is the other side of the coin. Why does anyone do anything? To become famous at all costs and burn as many music industry bridges as possible.

WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT PERTH?

Valencia: We have heard that Pürthé has Australia’s highest number of culturally elite people per capita.

Amaro: Pürthé is two hours behind Brisbane. So it’s going to be nice to  go there and feel younger again.

Sutro: It will be nice to make some new friends

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT SUMMER?

Valencia: Global Warming. Currently we are all inspired by the monochromatic colour scheme of the Great Barrier Reef.

The Butterfly Club Presents Lawson Reeves and Josh Staley

Butterfly Club 2 Guys One Comedy
2 Guys One Comedy

2 Guys, 1 Magic Show, No Idea 

Butterfly Club presents Big Brothers Lawson Reeves teams up for unconventional magic show. Lawson and Josh are more likely to pull a hare out of their ass then a rabbit out of a hat.

As the show begins you’ll instantly notice that this isn’t only a unique magic show, but a unique show no matter what the art form. Forget scripts, and don’t worry about a running order, instead the audience is in full control, deciding what happens and when. From what magic is performed, to how it’s performed. When we say ‘no idea’ we really mean it.

This year as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Butterfly Club presents 2 Guys, 1 Magic Show, No Idea. “We wanted to create a magic show that made people laugh and have them scratching their heads saying “how the f**k did they do that?””

The pair use their quick wit, sarcasm, dry humour and showmanship to bring audiences a magic show the likes they have never seen.  Their relaxed, easy going approach to magic has their audiences in a false sense of security from the very beginning allowing for a night of the impossible.

Accumulating multiple awards, television appearances, and a Guinness world record, the boys aren’t just all talk, good looks, and sleight of hand. Josh is a former national champion and an internationally renowned performer. Lawson is best known for his run on ‘Big Brother’, being christened the ‘Big Brother magician’, performing weekly for hundreds of thousands of people on national TV. Together they helped, set a record for the ‘world’s longest magic show’, clocking in at 85 hours.

This production opens on the 10th of April and runs for seven nights daily at 5:30pm. Bookings recommended

Show Details: 2 Guys, 1 Magic Show, No Idea

Dates: 10th – 16th of April

Time: 5:30pm

Cost: $25-32

Venue: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne

Tickets: https://thebutterflyclub.com/show/2-guys-1-magic-show-no-idea

DARA O BRIAIN LIVE

 

AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2017

 “One of the most dependably entertaining stand-up comics in the land”The Times 

 

SYDNEY – SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE – SUNDAY 2 APRIL

Book at SOH Box Office 9250 7777 www.sydneyoperahouse.com or Ticketmaster 136 100 www.ticketmaster.com.au 

MELBOURNE  – HAMER HALL  –   TUESDAY 4 APRIL

Book at Arts Centre Box Office 1300 182 183 .artscentremelbourne.com.au or Ticketmaster 136 100www.ticketmaster.com.au 

PERTH –  RIVERSIDE THEATRE  –  SATURDAY APRIL 8

Bookings: Ticketek 132 849 or www.tickeek.com.au 

 

  “O Briain has a laser eye for the absurd and the spurious” – The Guardian 

Dara O Briain, one of the most charismatic, intelligent, fast-talking and downright funny live performers working today, will return to Australia for the time in over a decade in April 2017.   Dara is back doing what he does best with two special shows in Sydney and Melbourne. 

The king of audience interaction once again takes to the stage where he relishes exchanging ultra-rapid fire quips with members of the audience, and delivers witty and daring anecdotes like no other stand-up comedian.  

As well as his masterful stand-up work, Dara is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV, as host of the hugely successful Mock The Week, The Apprentice – You’re Fired and Stargazing Live.  Not forgetting his most recent shows Dara O Briain: School of Hard Sums for Dave and Dara O Briain’s Science Club for BBC2

In 2012 Dara had the honour of both presenting the 2012 BAFTA TV Awards on BBC ONE as well as himself being a nominee.  

Other notable television work sees Dara as an integral member of the Three Men in a Boat, alongside Griff Rhys Jones and Rory. Since 2011, Dara has co-hosted BBC1′s astronomical show Stargazing Live alongside Professor Brian Cox the latest installment of which will broadcast from Australia in March 2017. Dara is one the few performers to host successful comedy shows in both the UK and his native Ireland at the same time.  He started his career in television as a children’s presenter on RTÉ whilst performing his first stand-up gigs on the Irish comedy circuit, after studying at University College, Dublin, where he studied Mathematical Physics. 

Dara has also previously released five classic stand-up DVDs, Crowd Tickler (2015), Craic Dealer (2012), This Is The Show (2010), Dara O Briain Talks Funny Live In London (2008) and Dara O Briain Live at the Theatre Royal (2006). Dara’s first book Tickling the English, released in 2009, proved to be an instant hit, remaining in the charts for nigh on two years after release.  

Part travelogue, part tour diary, the result is an affectionate, hilarious and often eye-opening journey through the sceptered Isle. His latest book will be a look at the solar system for children, published in Autumn 2017 entitled Beyond The Sky (Scholastic). 

“Worked the stalls like a puppet master” – Evening Standard 

www.daraobriain.comwww.abpresents.com.auostie 

Two big nights of Tripod at MEMO Music Hall – Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December  – 8pm

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Blain Crellin speaks with TRIPOD here:

Tripod Christmas Turkeys – Two big nights of Tripod at MEMO Music Hall – Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December  – 8pm

Christmas. We can’t avoid it. Not saying we want to. Well, sometimes we might. But it’s not going anywhere. Therefore, let’s hear some songs about it. Specifically, let’s hear Tripod poke their harmony-laden musical sticks at Christmas this year.

They might even stealthily make you feel Christmassy. 

Since their earliest shows Tripod have made a consistent habit of juggling comedy, music and narrative in endless exhilarating combinations, consistently evading neat definitions whilst always striving to stay worthy of their fans’ time.

Tripod continue to bring an insane level of craft in both comedy and music and combine them in a rich and satisfying way – an ability that has cemented them as a much loved cultural fixture in Australia.

Xmas Turkeys promises to be a hilarious mix of suburban whimsy and dark satire, the perfect Christmas gift for those that love or hate Christmas and everything in between.

“…there’s hardly time to catch your breath in between bouts of uncontrollable laughter… these guys are unbelievable musicians too. Sometimes five stars just aren’t enough” The Scotsman, Edinburgh

“Tripod could be a comedy trio or just a very strange, very talented rock band” Adelaide Advertiser

MEMO MUSIC HALL – 88 Acland Street St Kilda

FRID 9 & SAT 10 DECEMBER  – 8pm
BOOK:

 www.memomusichall.com.au or
3pod.com.au


Life
I am the magician
With my staff and sword.
I wield towards
A knowing end,
But along the journey
Be loving and gentle,
Until shadows reveal
A mirror of self.
An imaginary shadow
Of living and life lived,
Etched upon the world.
It’s message is there
And everywhere
Never to be erased, as all
Who have come before
Have etched their lives
On the curtain of the
Universal wall.

Blain Crellin 2016

Tripod Christmas Turkeys –

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Two big nights of Tripod at MEMO Music Hall  

Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December – 8pm

Christmas. We can’t avoid it. Not saying we want to. Well, sometimes we might. But it’s not going anywhere. Therefore, let’s hear some songs about it. Specifically, let’s hear Tripod poke their harmony-laden musical sticks at Christmas this year. They might even stealthily make you feel Christmassy.

Since their earliest shows Tripod have made a consistent habit of juggling comedy, music and narrative in endless exhilarating combinations, consistently evading neat definitions whilst always striving to stay worthy of their fans’ time.

 

Tripod continue to bring an insane level of craft in both comedy and music and combine them in a rich and satisfying way – an ability that has cemented them as a much loved cultural fixture in Australia.

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Xmas Turkeys promises to be a hilarious mix of suburban whimsy and dark satire, the perfect Christmas gift for those that love or hate Christmas and everything in between.

“…there’s hardly time to catch your breath in between bouts of uncontrollable laughter… these guys are unbelievable musicians too. Sometimes five stars just aren’t enough” The Scotsman, Edinburgh

“Tripod could be a comedy trio or just a very strange, very talented rock band” Adelaide Advertiser

MEMO MUSIC HALL – 88 Acland Street St Kilda
FRID 9 & SAT 10 DECEMBER – 8pm
BOOK www.memomusichall.com.au

TURNBULL CALLS TRUMP

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Much to my surprise, a long lost Russian cousin sent me a recording of Prime Minister Turnbull’s congratulatory call to President elect Donald Trump


Trump’s P.A.    I’ve got Australia’s Prime Minister on the line for you.

Trump    Put him through. It is a man I hope. So many of them are going with women these days.

P.A.    Yes sir. It is a man.

Trump    OK. Hi there. How are you? How shitfull is it having that trollop Merkel as your next door neighbour!

Turnbull    Angela doesn’t have a home in Potts Point as far as I know.

Trump    Aren’t you Heinz Fischer, Austria’s President.

Turnbull    No Donald. I’m Malcolm Turnbull from Australia.

Trump     Australia. Shit. Sorry Malcolm. Not a bad ranch you Aussies have down there. Bit like us with the Heinz 57 different varieties. All that multi-cultural PC bullshit. I’d prefer 56 or 55 different varieties. I’ve been hoping you’d call.

Turnbull    Of course I’d call. What an exciting time to be the President of America. We’re here for you Donald. America can count on Australia’s full support. You start a war, we’ll be in right behind you, to help you win it.

Trump    God no! We don’t want to win them too soon. No money in it. We make the big bucks when they drag on and on. No, I couldn’t give a fuck if you’re in our next war. I’ve already got my team working on the next nation we can invade. I hope to announce it on Jan 20, Jan 21 at the latest.

I need your advice.

Turnbull    I’m flattered you’re interested in any of my opinions. How exciting. Can’t wait to tell Lucy.

Trump    I’ve fucked up. Even worse than you. I wasn’t meant to win. Fucken joke. I can’t believe how many dickheads voted for me.

I believe you’re worth a dollar or two. Well, I’m so fucking rich, money is coming out of every orifice of every member of my family.

I’ve got the best home in the world and soon I’ll be forced to live in that shitbox White House. I’ll fucking rename it The Outhouse. 

Turnbull    I don’t see how I can help you Donald. Maybe you could get Alec Baldwin to double for you? He could live in The White House and you could stay in your Tower.

Trump    Wouldn’t work. That lowlife is a Democrat. He’d never agree to it.

I want to know how you got out of having to live in the dog’s box you Aussie PM’s have to call home?

Some very bad, really, really bad people wrote our fucking constitution and it says the President has to live in The White House. I can’t get out of it. Err, don’t take what I just said about the constitution as gospel. Never read it. Why the fuck would I? Boring. Boring. Boring. Bunch of stiffs wrote it; well those motherfuckers can get fucked.

Turnbull     Donald. I just said I wasn’t going to live there, no matter what.

Trump    Love your balls Malcolm. You’re a good, really good person.

When I think of what I could do with that land. If only they’d let me knock it down. Great spot for a casino, or a par 3 golf course. Or maybe, an inner city beach resort.

Turnbull    Your winters are a bit grim in Washington for a beach resort.

Trump    Good point. Better go. My little Russian buddy has just called. By the way. If you ever need help filling in your tax return, just give me a call. See you buddy.

Turnbull    How exciting was that! Donald loves my balls and will help me with my tax return.

Lucy. Lucy. I’ve got some exciting news. Lucy. Where are you.  Lucy. I can never find you when I want to. We need to get a smaller house.

Lucy! Lucy!