The evening began with a visit from comedian Thomas Jaspers’ close friend ‘Rhonda Butchmore’, who sauntered onstage, all long legs and six-pack in one hand, to warm up the crowd with a few dropped names and withering witticisms about the likes of Chrissie Swan and Patti Newton. This delightful opening segued into a soap opera-styled look at Jaspers’ hometown of Aspendale, dubbed ‘Downtown Assy’, before Jaspers himself emerged (still half dressed as his drag alter-ego) to begin the show.
No Place Like Homo, Jaspers’ debut at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, documents the comedian’s journey from a flamboyant, Priscilla-loving child through adolescence and his break-up with a certain well-known Australian comedian and its aftermath. The major theme of the show is family, with the members of Jaspers’ own family (all played by Jaspers himself) made present throughout the evening via a series of projections that, in a very inventive stroke of media, interject and interweave through all of the material. All of these characters provide hilarious and heart-warming moments, Jaspers’ delightfully dirty grandmother in particular, and in their portraiture you can sense great love and affection.
Despite this being his first appearance at the Comedy Festival, Jaspers already shows great comedic skill and ability in his story-telling. On this night the performer showed some signs of nerves (probably not helped by the presence of his actual family in the audience) but there was no need for worry – Jaspers has crafted a fantastic, hysterical yet touching debut, which we can only hope for more of in the future.
VENUE: The Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
TIME: 8:00 (7:00 Sun)
TICKETS: Full $20, Conc $18, Tightarse Tuesday $16, Group (10+) $18, Laugh Park $18.
The Price of Genius: A Daughter of the Revolution is the brainchild of Melbourne music academic Sally Collyer, and unites two of her passions: classical music, and an extraordinary untold story of a remarkable woman.
In an era of Beethoven’s music and Shelley’s poetry, and a time of great upheaval and revolt, Mary Wollstonecraft changed the world forever when she wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Women. She married an anarchist, demanded sexual equality, and gave birth to both feminism and the famous Mary Shelley who wrote Frankenstein.
Mary Wollstonecraft had another daughter.
This is her story.
The Price of Genius: A Daughter of the Revolution opens Thursday October 22 and runs until Sunday October 25 at The Butterfly Club in South Melbourne. It stars the beautiful Ilsa Cook in the role written specifically for her, with renowned pianist Katherine Gillon at the piano, and is the most innovative and unusual cabaret you’re likely to see this year.
And the end of this story is guaranteed to stay with you long after the final chord has died away…
Ticket prices: $22 full / $17 concession or groups of 8 or more
PAs, receptionists, admin staff and office workers of the world unite!
You have nothing to lose, but… all that job stress this week when you laugh it all off with your colleagues in this great theatre night out!
We all know what really goes on in a corporate office – the backstabbing, the romance, the dramas… Finally, here’s one secretary who isn’t afraid to talk (and even sing) about it!
Melbourne performer Claire de Freitas is springing straight out of the most recent Creating Solo Cabaretcourse and into her own feisty, frazzled and funny look at life in the corporate world. This new and quirky debut show isn’t afraid to open the office briefcase and poke fun at all the crazy, cheeky, sexy things that go on behind the water cooler, under the business suits, and on those boardroom tables…
Turn off the work pager, slip off the high heels, unbutton the power jacket, and sit back with Miss Byrd as The Office meets Sex and the City for your chance to enjoy glamour, gossip – and one hell of a lunch break!
Australia’s first ‘choose your own adventure’ cabaret debuts in Melbourne… and it’s not for the faint of heart.
After directing professional cabaret and theatre for nearly a decade, Play Right Theatre founder Kim Edwards has channelled her dark side and finally released a long-time pet project of her own on the stage.
Edwards’ previous credits include children’s drama classes and Theatre In Education work, but it will be adults only when In The Dead Of Night: A Cult Show is let loose at The Butterfly Club in all its gothic, grotesque, and darkly funny glory.
“This is the product of my perverse pen and the dark recesses of my twisted mind” explained the lady herself, whose witty new work explores three lives at stake in a dangerous murder mystery, rife with black humour and suspense.
A major twist to this late night cult show is the uncertainty of its own cast members as to each story climax. Every evening, the audience are given control over the fate of the characters in ‘choose your own adventure’ style, meaning every performance is completely unique, and the possibilities are endless.
Three will finally meet,
Two will finally know.
One will certainly die…
Let the fun begin!
10.30pm every Fri/Sat July 31- Aug 15
The Butterfly Club
204 Bank St, South Melbourne
Enquiries: 03 9690 2000
Gothic, grotesque and darkly funny – not for the faint-hearted…
THE GENTLEMAN: Zac Brown
THE MAIDEN: Lizzie Matjacic
THE ACCOMPANIST: Trevor Jones