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Review: F*ckboys The Musical

‘A haphazard guide to navigating the modern dating scene’. When my friends and I scanned the pages of the Fringe guide, this was the show we most wanted to see. As a bunch of 30-something women who ourselves, bumbled through the world of modern dating dodging time-wasters, creeps and of course plenty of the aforementioned – we were itching to get along and check out this musical for our f*ckboys 101 education. The story starts, when four women walk into a bar for their regular Wednesday night karaoke sesh. Some are single, some are not and one is horribly heartbroken to the point of shrewish cynicism. Their casual conversation is punctuated time after time by over-confident men with abnormally large egos who turn bitter and nasty each time their advances are rejected – earning them the label of, you guessed it f*ckboys. What is a f*ckboy you ask? These talented ladies take care of that through their original score of witty songs, giving everyone the lowdown on what it really takes to make it into …

Review: May Contain Traces of Reading

Imagine a stand-up comedy show where the star doesn’t utter a single word. You could be excused for being apprehensive in anticipation of a badly executed mime, but this show is more ‘giant palm cards’ than Marcel Marceau, laced with a touch of Mr Bean. It’s an interesting navigation of Robert Mitchell’s checklist of comedy prowess through the unspoken word. The beauty of this style of show is the lack of of awkward silences, remedied by Mitchell’s arsenal of Dad jokes kept up his sleeve (or in his carefully pre-prepared folder). Supported by a sassy sidekick of the digital variety, this show is warm, expressive and performed like a well-oiled machine, and unique in that heckling is highly encouraged during the performance – if only so Robert can make excellent use of his rather large pre-prepared folder chock-full of ‘sick comedian burns’. The show fell a little short for me after a long day of reading at work, but is relatively family friendly and has definite appeal for the deaf community. “May Contain Traces of …

Review: Oil Babies

Image: Lachlan Woods Harrowing. That’s how I would describe the powerful opening scene of Oil Babies when it debuted this week at Northcote Town Hall. Described as an ‘exploration of our relationship to climate change and the female body’ and brought to life by three, strong female leads, Oil Babies is an impactful, confronting and distinctly female performance piece which focussed on the not unknown concerns about real-life human anxieties, the health and future of planet earth. Dark, peppered with enough comedy to keep you from the pits of despair, and laced together with real-world issues and environmental disasters – the narrative rotates around three female characters; one couple, and a single friend with crippling anxiety as they navigate their own views on body image, social and environmental wellbeing and fears for the future. You’ll certainly walk away with a bleak awareness of one’s own impact on the planet – and that nagging constant reminder that just like the dinosaurs – we are not ourselves immune from ultimate extinction. A smartly designed set and terrific …

Hot Pot at Master Den’s

Melbourne, you’d be safe and warm this Winter if you are at Mater Den’s. This secretive poppu uppu (Japanese translation of pop-up) down Flinders Lane provides great service, amazing Melbourian vibe and most importantly; mouth watering hot pots! Walk pass Fonda towards Spring Street and then pass the parking lot. Just when you wonder where Master Den is, you’ll see white posters pasted in a small hole in the wall. Yep, there it is, Melbourne’s little secret hot pot place, available this Winter only. The most Melbourne thing about it is that you’d need to BUZZ to get in. #VIPeveryday At Mater Den’s, they cater for beef lovers, seafood eaters and vegetarian dieters. Menu changes daily because at Mater Den, they only serve the best cut of beef and freshest seafoods. Enjoy a drink or two? We highly recommend getting their Hot Pot matching drink selection, especially paired to the hot pot flavour you choose. The drink selection starts you off with a beer, follow by sake and finish off your night with a glass …

Review: Holy Cow! James Joyce slaughters the Scared Cows of English Literature

Photography: Bernard Peasley Each year on 16 June, Dubliners and Joyce enthusiasts around the world gather together to commemorate and celebrate the life of Irish author, James Joyce for Bloomsday – aligning to recreate the tale told in the day of the life protagonist, Leopold Bloom in Ulysses, Joyce’s most celebrated novel. Bloomsday in Melbourne, now in it’s 25th year of Joycean fiction celebration again took up it’s annual challenge to dramatise an element of Ulysses with a fresh perspective for the masses. In 2018, writers and committee appointed Director, Jennifer Sarah Dean – Artistic Director for the Melbourne Shakespeare Company to take on this challenge and apply her own unique style. Holy Cow!, this years’ interpretation is a theatrical adaptation of ‘Oxen of the Sun’ – the 14th chapter of Ulysses, and takes the audience on a satirical journey through over 30 literary periods starting out prim and proper with Medieval Morality plays and continues through ever-increasing levels of debauchery and english language degradation, reaching a somewhat modern day finale knee deep in Dickens, Ruskin …

Review: Good Food Month

Just when you were ready to hibernate through Melbourne’s winter months, Good Food Month is here to pull us out of our winter induced slumbers and fill our bellies with food from some of Australia and the world’s best chefs. Under a wet and windy Melbourne winter night sky, Good Food Month was launched at the Palm Springs inspired, pop-up Melbourne Palms marque. The evening provided an opportunity to sample just some of the delights that this heavenly foodie program has waiting for attendees this month. The evening’s food was created by the fabulously talented Andrew McConnell (Cutler & Co, Cumulus Inc and Supernormal) and Alla Wolf-Tasker (Lake House) and sent attendees into a frenzy, trying to wrap their lips around the evening’s stunning canapés.  Stand outs on the specially curated menu included cured kangaroo on flaxseed crisps and brioche buns with winter mushrooms from Wolf-Tasker and La Luna Holy Goat cheese topped semolina crackers and to die for duck waffle with foie gras and quince from McConnell. The hum of conversation and excitement in …

Review: Bring It On The Musical

Time to get your dance moves ready and be prepared to #bringitonau Melbourne! Nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical, BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL takes audiences on a high-flying journey that touches on themes of friendship and acceptance. We think seeing the musical is a fantastic way to spend a cold Melbourne Winter night with your best pals or with your fam bam. BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL is suitable for all ages and all diversities. The musical will undoubtedly bring you laughter and take you down the memory lane to those nostalgic high school moments. The story follows two squads with one mission: to claim the title at the National Cheerleading Championships. Through this, the challenges and unexpected bonds formed through extreme competition are explored. A musical which everyone can relate. The competitive and determine self right now in school. The person back in high school who was popular, and now have supportive and life-long friends. Or maybe you merely love cheerleading and street dances. We think no matter what age you are …