Comedy cabaret off the cuff and on a roll
By Jessica Cornish
Welcome to a twilight zone: saddle up and grab your favourite flaccid, furry, stretchy squid for one hour of random and ridiculous improvised musical comedy. Fully Made Up is an improvised cabaret performance entirely based on suggestions written from audience members prior to the show.
The cabaret presumably follows the same core story every performance in following the life of a mystery lady (in our performance she was known as Glenda from Toowoomba), covered in red plastic diamantes and flowing grey curls, living in a yet-to-be-determined location, and on a quest to secure a lead role on Broadway. After many trials and tribulations our leading lady of the evening scores her long-awaited dream job, only to find it’s not all she imagined it would be…
The evening began with a disclaimer from the talented and animated pianist Greg Munrow purported to lower our expectations: but of course unnecessarily so. Veteran comedian Jenny Wynter’s continuous quick wit was able to transform abstract themes and suggestions adroitly into a discernable and hilarious narrative.
The cabaret also featured guest artists: Pasquale played the part of the Glenda’s daughter performing poetry, but unfortunately the duo were not successful in conjuring up some witty words and rhymes under the pressure of our particular evening’s performance. However, Wynter’s male guest Rik Brown featured in one song and here the impro worked like a charm, as the pair were able to skillfully and spontaneously create a one-hit wonder song ‘Bring It On’ which had the audience in hysterics.
Fully Made Up was incredibly funny and Wynter continued to weave in reference material mentioned earlier in the evening to tie the performance satisfyingly together. It was impossible not to be drawn in as we waited to see if the next suggestion from the up-turned black hat would in fact be ours!
I laughed all night and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I can’t think of a better way to spend a cold drizzly night In Melbourne, so grab your ticket before Fully Made Up is packed up for this season.
When: Wednesday 5th of July- Sunday 9th of July, 8:30pm every night!
Where: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, CBD
Cost:$28 (concession) and $32 (full)
Bookings: 03 9663 8107 or https://thebutterflyclub.com/shows or at the Box Office.