Tag: gothic

Review: BLOODLINES starring Bradley Storer

Halloween horrors worth feasting upon

By Emma Muiznieks

Walking slowly into the showroom at The Butterfly Club, Bradley Storer tells us his favourite fairy tale, one filled with murder, music and ghosts. This sets the scene perfectly for the following hour, as he takes us through the dark, sordid (and hopefully fictitious!) history of his family tree.

We are treated to a mix of personal anecdotes and theatrical readings from the family codex he compiled going back hundreds of years. These stories are interspersed with songs accompanied by Ben Kiley and ranging from Nick Cave and the Dresden Dolls to Kylie and Garfunkel & Oates, not to mention a very funny take on a classic Broadway hit by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Storer has crafted a stage persona that is both endearing and sinister, a cheeky lad who goes through life with an invisible peanut gallery of voices in his head. This polarity of character allows him to move into darker areas that may not suit the seven o’clock timeslot without losing his audience.

 Indeed, Storer’s portrayal of a man’s decent into insanity, executed with such utter conviction, left the audience breathless and almost uncomfortable from the reality of the performance, and yet Storer was able to snap us back skilfully with just the right amount of levity.

As smooth and versatile as his vocals are (a haunting rendition of I Just Can’t Get You Out Of My Head in particular shows off his amazing range and easy tone), it is as a storyteller that Storer really shines. The creepy tales are evocatively written, with strong narratives and vivid imagery, and the sombre delivery draws you in so well that you can clearly see every tiny detail in your mind’s eye.

When he is not singing or reading stories, Storer’s interaction with the audience can feel a little wooden, and there is a tendency to perform to the back wall rather than the people in front of him, however these issues are bound to disappear with time and experience.

Bloodlines runs the gamut from hysterically funny to positively bone-chilling, and is an excellent example of a classic cabaret experience. Storer has immense potential as a performer and artist, and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

Venue: The Butterfly Club

Dates: Thur-Sun 27-30 Oct

Time: 7pm Thur-Sat, 6pm Sun

Bookings: http://www.thebutterflyclub.com/

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A Special Announcement…

When Was The Last Time You Got Really Excited About A Night Out?…

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How do you like your theatre, then?   Are you:
* always Glamorous?
* into the Gothic?
* or a little GROTESQUE?

ONE show,
TWO nights a week,
THREE themed weekends to choose from… and announcing our THREE special guest artists!

GLAMOROUS
Week One: Fri/Sat 10.30pm July 31 – Aug 1

Break out the tails, the gloves, the gowns and the jewels!   When did you last get to really glam up for a night out?   This weekend, the gorgeous Jonathon Guthrie-Jones will be crooning in our gala In The Dead Of Night guest spot, and that fabulous dress you thought you’d never get to wear again is going to go so well with cocktails and a cult show…

GOTHIC
Week Two: Fri/Sat 10.30pm Aug  7 – 8

Calling the Twilight and Tim Burton fans – come vamp it up!   This week’s In The Dead Of Night cult show is all about the gothic.   So if you’re suave, sophisticated and just a little dangerous like our stunning guest artist Kirsten McMillan, this is the show for you.   You never know – you might meet your very own Edward: Cullen OR Scissorhands…

GROTESQUE
Week Three: Fri/Sat 10.30pm Aug 14 – 15

Bring on the freak show!   Ghouls and ghosts, villains and vixens, killers and carnies are not only welcome, but on our wish list.   Our guest artist is burlesque babe Miss Natalie Ristovska who’ll be sizzling up the stage, and we only want the naughtiest and nastiest monsters to come out for the last carnivalesque performances In The Dead Of Night this weekend…

In The Dead of Night: A Cult Show

The Butterfly Club
204 Bank St, South Melbourne
Tickets $22/17
Enquiries: 03 9690 2000

Bookings: www.thebutterflyclub.com

Starring the Mysterious Zac Brown, the Dazzling Lizzie Matjacic and the Disturbing Trevor Jones…

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You Know You Want To…

IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT: The Hit Cult Show Returns

In The Dead Of Night
In The Dead Of Night

CABARET TURNS DEADLY

Australia’s first ‘choose your own adventure’ cabaret debuts in Melbourne… and it’s not for the faint of heart.

After directing professional cabaret and theatre for nearly a decade, Play Right Theatre founder Kim Edwards has channelled her dark side and finally released a long-time pet project of her own on the stage.

Edwards’ previous credits include children’s drama classes and Theatre In Education work, but it will be adults only when In The Dead Of Night: A Cult Show is let loose at The Butterfly Club in all its gothic, grotesque, and darkly funny glory.

“This is the product of my perverse pen and the dark recesses of my twisted mind” explained the lady herself, whose witty new work explores three lives at stake in a dangerous murder mystery, rife with black humour and suspense.

A major twist to this late night cult show is the uncertainty of its own cast members as to each story climax. Every evening, the audience are given control over the fate of the characters in ‘choose your own adventure’ style, meaning every performance is completely unique, and the possibilities are endless.

Three will finally meet,
Two will finally know.

One will certainly die…

Let the fun begin!

10.30pm every Fri/Sat July 31- Aug 15
The Butterfly Club
204 Bank St, South Melbourne
Tickets $22/17
Bookings: www.thebutterflyclub.com
Enquiries: 03 9690 2000

Gothic, grotesque and darkly funny – not for the faint-hearted… 

Cult Show Cast

THE GENTLEMAN: Zac Brown
THE MAIDEN: Lizzie Matjacic
THE ACCOMPANIST: Trevor Jones