All posts tagged: comedy

Two on the Night Train

We’re on the train to nowhere “Two strangers wake up on a mysterious train one morning. They have no idea how they got there, no sense of their ultimate destination, and can only tell one thing for sure – day is turning  to night, and the train is not stopping.” The description sounds like a metaphor for life,  and Two on the Night Train is just that. A play about nothing, but yet also so much at the same time. Two-person cast Katherine Pearson and Frazer Lee lead a never-ending train journey, time and time again switching and changing situations and possibilities as each part of the story runs parallel with the other. The ‘who’ and the ‘where’ remaining steadfastly consistent, yet the ‘why’ never seeming to become clear to either. They are tortured in by the notion that simply ‘existing,’ being neither good nor bad, travelling closer to, other further away from one’s final destination, being uncertain, vague and not knowing what you want, who you are or what your purpose is, is in fact …

Nocturnal

Following a string of successful past events, I was excited to attend the Melbourne Museum’s monthly live music event, Nocturnal.This month, as is fitting for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Nocturnalput on an all jazz setlist. Entering the spacious atrium, my friends and I found the occasion to be in full-swing. Melodic echoes of beat boxing and vocal reproductions rang out as we wove through the colourful crowd. As with the previous events, there was a whimsical array of lights projected onto the ceiling and bouncing off every shined surface. What impressed me wasn’t merely the talent of the acts but also their adaptability. The entrance of the Melbourne Museum is (undeniably) a peculiar space for live music, with its mezzanine floor, and glassy, modern architecture. However, the performers and sound crew seemed to have made a deliberate effort to play to the venue, and they pulled it off spectacularly. There were no acoustic knockbacks or audio mishaps, but instead a chorus of perfected sound and colour bringing another unique set of experiences to life. …

WHEN THE LIGHT LEAVES

All I knew about When The Light Leaves before seeing it was that it was a play, based on a true story, about euthanasia. Specifically, it’s a story put on by Citizen Theatre with the release coinciding with the implementation of Victoria’s new Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) laws set to come into effect on June 19. The story is fictional but based on the real experiences of playwright Rory Godbold. Godbold’s father publicly acquired Nembutal, the drug used to euthanise pets and animals, before dying in 2015. Arriving at La Mama Courthouse, I sat in the quaint waiting area before the doors opened and the patrons migrated into the theatre. What was immediately noticeable was that every prop was suspended in the air. Apples, books and lights hung as though in space. A sense of distance from reality took hold before the play even began. As the play started, I saw the props used to great effect despite never touching the ground. Telephone calls, gift exchanges and arguments were expressed beautifully as they swung like …

Travesties

The word ‘travesties’ – meaning false, absurd or distorted representations of somethings – is a concerning name for a theatrical production. Knowing little about the play and its themes, I showed up to opening night hopeful that a degree in history wouldn’t be required to understand it. The immersion began as soon as I entered the theatre; the set had been arranged so that I had to walk through the furniture and props to get to my seat. This was a pleasant stunt. However, what was truly impressive was the cast. The actors were already on scene and embodying their characters, equipped with fastidiously picked costumes and props. Patrons were left to walk amongst the cast while getting drinks and finding seats. The moment the play began, I found myself in a state of utter confusion. Hit with a flurry of dialects and thick accents, I couldn’t understand the characters much. Thankfully, after a few moments everything became clear and made sense. The story was told through flashes of memory as the main character wrote …

May Contain Traces of Reading

Mitchel E Roberts is not your average stand up comedian. His show, ‘May Contain Traces of Reading, is performed without uttering a single word and it’s back for another season at the Butterfly Club this Jane – June. We spoke to Mitch about what audiences can expect this time around, and what’s next for the young rising star. Mitch, you talk about the concept for this show as ‘coming to you in a golden moment’ – but is there a back story or inspiration behind the idea? The back story to this show is basically that I’ve been having silly ideas since I was 8 years old, and within a couple of weeks, I’d move on to the next grand plan, or huge scale scheme. This idea was different though. For one, I wasn’t actively trying to come up with something. I was just working in a job that didn’t require a lot of brain power or attention, and while my mind was wandering, this show walked into my head, with a fully formed premise. …

Verdi’s Rigoletto

 In an opera trifecta, the people’s baritone Amartuvshin Enkhbat, award winning tenor Liparit Avetisyan and local rising star Stacey Alleaume come together to star in Elijah Moshinsky’s resplendent production of Verdi’s Rigoletto in Melbourne.  Making his Australian debut in the role of Rigoletto is booming Mongolian baritone Amartuvshin Enkhbat. Mongolia’s first ever entrant to the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2015 where he was crowned the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize Winner, Enkhbat was named the Honoured Artist of Mongolia in 2010 at the age of 24 and has since performed in cities around the world including Paris, New York, Seoul and Kiev.  Joining Enkhbat onstage will be arguably one of the most exciting young singers performing today, remarkable Armenian tenor Liparit Avetisyan, in the role of the Duke of Mantua singing the classic aria ‘La donna è mobile’. Recipient of the 2017 Golden Mask Award (Russia’s highest theatre award) for best opera actor, Avetisyan made his Australian debut with OA in 2017 performing the role of Alfredo Germont in Moshinsky’s production …

50/50 Melbourne Comedy Festival

Michael Shafar is a self-proclaimed Jewish atheist, who loves a bargain, hates hugs, and always likes to be right. All jokes aside though – Michael has a really interesting story to tell about his diagnosis and survival of testicular cancer in 2017 through his new Melbourne International Comedy Festival show – 50/50. Not one to appear to throw a pity party for himself, Michael’s jokes are dark, raw and very personal – however he has a warm, sweet style of humour which engages with his broadly diverse audience, despite the hilarious but sometimes R-rated content. His knack for finding the humour in every situation, however dark and unhappy has armed him with a lot of quality laughing material and allowed him to add a positive spin on what most of us would find a terrifying and painful experience. For example, as a male with only half of his, err… nuts to worry about – he now enjoys the comfort of skinny jeans, something many men could not attest to – a silver lining, and so …

WIN X1 DOUBLE PASS FOR MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL: PAQUITO

*** COMPETITION NOW CLOSED*** Dead Weight. That was what Christ Grammar Coach Russel of the Immaculate Conception’s B Reserve netball team called Charisa Bossinakis. She then dutifully quit her dreams of competitive sports and instead settled for comedy. In this show she questions where it all went wrong. Could it be the fact that she can name each Kardashian but not all three branches of government? Or maybe that she completed a mime credit at university? Here is your chance to win x1 double pass on us. Simply share this post and tag us @weknowmelbourne (your profile must be public so we can see the share!). Get a bigger chance to win by filling the form on We Know Melbourne Website. More info: https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2019/shows/paquito Competition closes on 5thApril 2019.

WIN: 1 x double pass for 50/50 By Michael Shafar

***COMPETITION NOW CLOSED*** One of Australia’s fasting rising comedy stars, Melbournian Michael Shafar, returns to the Melbourne Comedy Festival with a brand-new show, 50/50, at Victoria Hotel 28 March – 21 April. Here is your chance to win x1 double pass on us.Simply share this post on Facebook or Instagram and tag us @weknowmelbourne (your profile must be public so we can see the share!). Get a bigger chance to win by filling the form on We Know Melbourne Website. Competition closes on 25thMarch 2019. More info: https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2019/shows/50-50  

Win x1 double pass for Silent Comedy Festival – Arbory Bar & Eatery

***COMPETITION NOW CLOSED*** Following three sell out seasons, Arbory Bar & Eatery’s Silent Comedy Festival returns to cement itself as one of the most popular events on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Program. Inspired by the silent disco phenomenon, Silent Comedy is a stand-up comedy gig like no other. Located on Melbourne’s iconic Yarra River and situated next to Flinders Street Station, the venue is best known for its energetic bar, views of the river and hugely popular list of burgers. With the use of headphones, the comedian’s jokes are delivered direct to the audience via headphone sets leaving passer-by’s and railway commuters open to becoming subject matter and the butt of punchlines. Come laugh out loud to yourself. Here is your chance to win x1 double pass on us. Simply share this post on Facebook or Instagram and tag us @weknowmelbourne (your profile must be public so we can see the share!). Get a bigger chance to win by filling the form on We Know Melbourne Website. Competition closes on 29th March 2019.