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REVIEW: Porcelain Punch Travelling Medicine Show

Porcelain Punch: It’s the pick of the bunch

By Deborah Langley

The Butterfly Club has been transformed from quirky little cabaret venue into a big top for the Porcelain Punch Traveling Medicine Show being performed as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2011.

The show begins in the style of a silent movie before our performers take to the stage to announce our evening’s sponsor (all great shows must have a great sponsor, right?)

This show is sponsored by Porcelain Punch If you haven’t heard of it, you will by the end of the night!

I personally am sold on its medically proven abilities: why, it’s the creme del a creme of health tonics, god bless!

The evening is hosted by two exceptional performers, MC Lenny (Luke O’Connor) & Miss Ellie Mae Rose (Madeline Hudson) who keeps the audience in wonderment as the proof of the punch is explored through the experiences of those who get to try just a sip. 

Hudson is a standout as she sings and accompanies most tunes and performs with the most wickedly expressive face that suits the era to a tee (oops, I mean ‘punch’).

Other highlights have to include when our MCs were able to cure a man from the audience of… (What was it he had? Gangrene?) One sip of the tonic and he was dancing a jig in perfect health.

Audiences are enchanted by some great sideshow characters and their unique approach to the ridiculous.

The ensemble including Alexander Gellman, Emilie Minks, Christy Flaws and Kate Boston Smith bring farcical humor, unique circus skills, hilarious satire and just a touch of magic to the stage in a night of old school entertainment at its best.

True to form, the Porcelain Punch Traveling Medicine Show is a gang of misfits that roll into town to perform their tricks with great enthusiasm and humor.

A brilliant show which I recommend you all brave the cold nights to see, before they blow out of town again.

Dates: Tues 27 Sept – Sun 2nd Oct

Times: Tues, Weds, Sun at 8pm – Thurs, Fri, Sat at 9pm

Tickets:$27, $24 conc, $23 groups 8+

The Butterfly Club, 204 Bank St, South Melbourne

Bookings: www.thebutterflyclub.com


Comedy Cabaret! Wondering what to see for this year’s festival? How about…


Have you met Davo? Tall, handsome, muscular, romantic, a great dancer… and made of cardboard.

Hasn’t stopped him cheating on both his wife Marie AND his girlfriend Betty, but this time the girls are out for some hilarious revenge!

Eleni Avraam stars in Toxic Waste: A Love Story (accompanied by Rowland Brache, directed by Kim Edwards)

Venue: The Butterfly Club, 204 Bank St, Sth Melb
Dates: 21st  – 24th April
Tickets: $22 Full, $19 Conc, $18 Group (8+)
Times: Thur – Sat 7pm, Sun 6pm
Booking: www.thebutterflyclub.com or at the door


This is the Absurd and Romantic tale of Parisian Frank, a French Cabaret Star who:
•    sings about love
•    dispenses advice about love
•    unfortunately knows nothing about love.

But that doesn’t stop him.

Join him and his mute Cabaret apprentice Neville, as they journey through the “Seven Magical Plastic Roses of Love”…

Anthony Dillon stars in Parisian Frank’s Plastic Rose Cabaret

Venue: Northcote Town Hall, 189 High St
Dates: April  8, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24. Previews April 1, 2, 3
Tickets: $17 full, $13 conc, group (3+), preview, Laugh Pack, Tightarse Tuesday
Times:   8:30pm
Booking: Ticketmaster 1300 660 013, www.northcotetownhall.com.au or at the door


Melbourne Comedy Festival favourite Kitty Bang is back: bigger, bolder and with more krazy new Kitty-isms than ever before! If you like your cabaret contemporary, colourful and gloriously camped-up, this show is sassy, saucy and tonnes of good ol’ Kitty fun!

Kate Boston-Smith stars in The Big (Kitty) Bang Theory

Venue: The Imperial Hotel, Cnr Bourke & Spring St
Dates: 5 – 21 April (not Mondays). Previews Thur 31 March – Sun 3 April
Tickets: $23/$19 ($18 Tightarse Tuesday)
Times: 7pm, 6pm Sundays
Booking: www.ticketmaster.com.au or 1300 660 013


‘Ello, Friends!

Meet the glamorous con-woman extraordinaire alter-ego of stunning Lisa Nightingale, who’s set to wreck havoc and hilarity in Melbourne this week with Ana Lucia and the Baron: Episode One…

Ana-Lucia has lost her memory but is being hunted down by the Evil Baron, who may or may not be her one true love, for diamonds that she can’t quite remember stealing. She can’t remember who you are, or more importantly who she is, so hopefully with your help Ana-Lucia can unravel her mysterious and fabulous past…!  

“Zis one will be…’Ow you say?… A ‘Oot!”

Thurs 15 July to Sat 17 at 7.00 pm, Sun 18 at 6.00 pm
$22 full / $17 conc: www.thebutterflyclub.com

Written by Lisa Nightingale
Directed by Kim Edwards



Absolutely Gabulous!

After sell-out Comedy Festival shows, explosive cabaret performer Kitty Bang (aka Kate Boston Smith) is back with  a show for all those who love, but are also often mystified by, their mum…

Mama Gabs herself is rumoured to be making an appearance or two, and as ever, Kitty’s shows are selling out, so book fast at www.thebutterflyclub.com.

8pm Tues 13 / Wed 14….and again on
8PM Tues 27 / Wed 28 JULY

Accompanied by the ever-gorgeous and oh-so-wonderful Peter Lubulwa!


Mastering the Art: Cabaret Master Class

Put Wednesday, Sept 1st in the diaries for the next in the popular Melbourne Cabaret Master Class series…

* How to choose repertoire for cabaret
* How to perform songs cabaret-style
* How to analyse song lyrics
* How to workshop audition pieces
* How to improve your performance skills

Tickets on sale soon!