Parade: UMMTA Leads the March

The University of Melbourne Music Theatre Association’s (UMMTA) uncanny professionalism strikes once more in Parade as they deliver a double punch of authentic, gut-wrenching history neatly nestled amongst the razzmatazz fair audiences have come to expect of musical theatre. Parade sets the true story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia, against a cacophony of sound (otherwise known as Jason Robert Brown’s ingenious … Continue reading Parade: UMMTA Leads the March

Slaughterhouse Five: A Crusade of Children and an Adult

Slaughterhouse Five, the much acclaimed science fiction anti-war novel, has undergone a number of adaptations and reincarnations over the many years since its original publication in 1969. Multiple plays, an opera, a radio drama and a film have all come about since Kurt Vonnegut’s controversial book featuring a time traveling soldier hit shelves. The text is still much discussed amongst schools in America, and has … Continue reading Slaughterhouse Five: A Crusade of Children and an Adult

Juicy: Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Play Right?

In the dilapidated, art-deco ‘Missing Persons’ room of the Nicholas Building off Swanston Street, I sit amongst a full house of audience members awaiting the ‘Juicy’ duo comprising of JG and Lucy. The audience is clearly made up of friends and family of the cast, and their support proves immediate as the show begins. Despite the slightly uncomfortable wooden bench seating and cramped atmosphere, there … Continue reading Juicy: Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Play Right?

Phil Jupitus: Far from home

Ah how I love the non tiered, close together seating and subterranean temperatures of Max Watt’s. This is where Phil Jupitus is performing one of only three gigs at the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Hailing from the UK, Jupitus is more typically seen on British panel shows than touring live stand up. Tonight he has attracted a crowd from the generations of my parents, … Continue reading Phil Jupitus: Far from home

Kit Goodman! A Good Man: A good man is hard to find

For the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, MUDCRABS (the Melbourne University Comedy Revue Board) have produced one of their most entertaining shows yet. Kit Goodman! A Good Man, written and directed by Emily White and playing at the University’s Guild Theatre, is a fast-paced, funny and smart take on the traditionally male-dominated detective genre, complete with sex, violence, drag, and PTV. In the show Tombi Lloyd … Continue reading Kit Goodman! A Good Man: A good man is hard to find

Rhys Nicholson: Nice jokes, Nice delivery, Nice content

Going to Rhys Nicholson has become somewhat of a tradition for my Mum and I. As we peruse the thick catalogue of shows for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival each year, he is one of the few acts that has remained on our list. That is, until this year when Mum decided she didn’t want to make the pilgrimage out to the city to see … Continue reading Rhys Nicholson: Nice jokes, Nice delivery, Nice content

Twenties: Sketch a Cut Above the Rest

I heard rave reviews about this show when it was being performed back in 2017, but never got around to seeing it. Now Ella Kamer and Jake Glanc have reincarnated their sketch show for the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Twenties is exactly what the name suggests; an abstract exploration of what it’s like to leave university and enter the working world. It is a … Continue reading Twenties: Sketch a Cut Above the Rest