Reviews

Murder Village

Big HOO-HAA! Melbourne Fringe. Fringe Hub: Arts House, Studio 1, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne. 14 - 21 September 2018.

This improvised comedy group provides a delightfully quaint interactive experience. Various stock characters populate Murder Village: Theophania Dalrymple (Sophie Kneebone), Henry Stuffins (Jason Geary), Dr Nelson Hawthorne (Lliam Amor), Sally Forth (Louisa Fitzhardinge) are among the villagers who are subject to imminent death. Audience members secretly vote for the victim, murder weapon and means of death.

Rovers

Written by Katherine Lyall-Watson. Directed by Caroline Dunphy. Devised by Belloo Creative. Presented by Brisbane Festival and QUT. The Block, Theatre Republic. 11 – 15 September, 2018

There’s something glorious about witnessing two succulent wild women expressing themselves fearlessly onstage. It’s even more magnificent when those two women have spent over thirty years apiece honing their craft. Barbara Lowing and Roxanne McDonald are resplendent in Rovers.

Le Grande Cabaret

Melbourne Fringe. Hares & Hyenas, Fitzroy. September 13 – 15, 2018.

Fringe at its Burlesque best!

Le Grande Cabaret is a sensational ensemble of sassy and refreshing acts with tangy twists and devilish cheek. The show begins with a jocular introduction by the masterfully witty and commanding Master of Ceremonies Patrick Collins.

This is a pacy, driven show with non-stop rollicking fun and entertainment. The show is divided into two sections, the good and evil. It begins with the exquisite Camilla Cream (Miss Burlesque Tasmania, 2018) dazzling us in her fairy floss pink ensemble, with an alluring fan dance.

Muniak Mulana – Future Spirit

Created and performed by Neil Morris and Brent Watkins. Produced by Deadly Fringe. Producer Laila Thaker. Melbourne Fringe. La Mama Courthouse. Sep 11 – 16, 2018

Dreamtime is an intrinsic part of spiritual life in Aboriginal lore;  belief system interweaving flora and fauna relationships goes back to the ancestral spirits in country.

Muniak Mulana is a poignant and insightful  duo performance piece that looks into the past, delivers the present and looks into the future.  It begins in pre- colonial times when spirituality and beliefs were inextricably linked to the land.

My Family: Not the Sitcom

By David Baddiel. Brisbane Festival. The Tivoli. 14 September, 2018

When David Baddiel’s Dad swears or does something offensive in public, the comedian whispers an apologetic: “Sorry, sorry, so sorry – he’s not well – he suffers from Pick’s disease.” But secretly, Baddiel admits, he knows the riotous behaviour has nothing to do with the illness – it’s just how his Dad always acted up – only amplified!

The Wharf Revue 2018: Déjà Revue

Written and created by Jonathan Biggins and Drew Forsythe. Sydney Theatre Company. Riverside Theatres Parramatta, September 13 – 15, 2018, and touring.

The 2018 Wharf Revue is hitting the road from Parramatta – and why not? It’s the cultural hub of the West; a host of faithful followers have almost booked out the first three-nights of the tour; and Riverside audiences are more than receptive to political satire – they have a Powerhouse of puns to prove it! What better place to perfect its topical pace before the Revue makes its way to the Wharf in November via Penrith, Nunawading, Belrose, Wollongong, Canberra and Wagga Wagga! 

The Graduate

Adapted by Terry Johnson, based on the novel by Charles Webb and the motion picture screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry. Townsville Little Theatre. Court Theatre, Townsville 11 – 15 September, 2018

The genesis of The Graduate began as the now classic film directed by Mike Nichols back in 1967 – and it was this film (together with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? which he directed the previous year) that really made his name. And for those who were around at time, it was the film’s soundtrack that unleashed the work of Simon and Garfunkel to the wide world – particularly with the two songs, “The Sound of Silence” and of course “Mrs Robinson”.

Actéon

By Charpentier. Lost and Found Opera. Directed by Brendan Hansen. UWA Aquatic Centre, Nedlands WA. 12-15 Sep, 2018

Lost and Found Opera use a ‘found’ space, the swimming pool at the University of Western Australia, to present Charpentier’s 1684 chamber opera, in a production that is fascinating, beautifully interpreted and a joy to watch.

Tomfoolery

The words and music of Tom Lehrer. Adapted by Cameron Mackintosh and Robin Ray. Loaded Productions. Director: Theresa Borg. Gasworks Theatre, Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park, Vic. September 12 – 22, 2018

Tomfoolery is a musical revue written in 1980 to celebrate the songs of Tom Lehrer, songwriter and satirist, who was popular in the 50s and 60s for his biting wit. His clever lyrics are not always in the best taste, but always funny and often poking fun at the politics and issues of the day.

Biladurang

By Joel Bray (Creator/Performer) and Kate Carr (Composer). Brisbane Festival – The Johnson Hotel – 12-15 September, 2018

“Thanks for coming along and having a yarn,” says Joel Bray to his small, but capacity audience of around 20 people as they leave his ‘hotel room’ at The Johnson Hotel in Spring Hill. Audience members respond like new-found friends and privileged party crashers: “Thanks for the champagne!” – some even hug the performer: “Thanks for sharing your story” – not the usual way you exit a theatre performance. 

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