Tag: Melbourne

St Kilda Laugh Festival presents THE RISE AND FALL OF KITTY BANG

Start your 2010 comedy festival with a bang!

A new comedy burlesque artist is exploding onto the Melbourne cabaret scene this month – and she’s going to be calling all the shots when her quirky new show opens next week.   Come meet Kitty Bang – the culmination of misguided post-puberty and a squandered decade of decadence, all done on a beer budget…

When the burlesque fan is dropped, what will the world really see?!

Kitty is the hilarious creation of comedian-singer Kate Boston Smith who graduated from the Creating Solo Cabaret course in 2009 and launched herself into the comedy circuit.   Six months later, she has written and produced her own show that is debuting with the St Kilda Laughs festival, and Kitty Bang is set to conquer the world with song and dance, tantrums and sequins – and just maybe a disco anthem or two!

Here Kitty, Kitty…!

You can befriend Kitty Bang in all her glory on Facebook, and with her first two shows selling fast already, you’ll want to book now for her second week of fabulous fan-dancing, fri-enemies and full-on fun:

Venue: The Butterfly Club,
                    204 Bank St, Sth Melbourne

Dates: 4 shows only, Tues 9 & Wed 10 Feb
                    Tues 23 & Wed 24 Feb

Tickets: $22.00 Full, $17.00 Conc
                    (beer budget price…)

Time: 8.00pm

Bookings: www.thebutterflyclub.com

 

(And – there will be feathers.   Oh yes.   There will be feathers…!)

 

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THE LITTLE RED DRESS: Waiting By The Wireless

In war time, love, laughter and loss are all the fashion…

A colourful new cabaret debuts at The Butterfly Club this month – and it all began with a little red dress.

Young dynamic Melbourne artist Jenny Patrone is still tapping her toes after winning the Popular Choice award for Short+Sweet Dance 2009 recently, but is now taking a walk in someone’s shoes with her own cabaret show of WWII-style songs, based on amazing real-life stories of women in wartimes.

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When Jenny started the Creating Solo Cabaret course earlier this year, she began investigating a period of history and music that had always fascinated her.   She soon uncovered real letters and private stories from the lives of British girls whose fun-loving, light-hearted teen years changed abruptly when their sweethearts, neighbours and brothers were called to enlist.

The Little Red Dress marks the moment when the world went back to war, and dance, song and laughter were needed to get daughters, sisters and lovers through long weeks of waiting by the wireless – hoping their boys come home soon, and fearing the worst every time a telegram arrived.   Starring Jenny Partrone, accompanied by Adrian Portell, guest-starring Adam Nunn and directed by Kim Edwards, The Little Red Dress opens at The Butterfly Club on Thursday November 26 until November 29.

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The Little Red Dress

Tickets www.thebutterflyclub.com $17/22

Thurs-Sat 7pm, Sun 6pm

The Butterfly Club, 204 Bank St, Sth Melbourne

Enquiries 9690 2000

CREATING SOLO CABARET COURSE: Summer Classes

Are you going to be starved for a creative outlet over the Christmas break?   Will you desperately need some envigorating theatre experience?!

By request, there will be a final series of 2009 classes for the Creating Solo Cabaret course – this is your chance to escape the Christmas carols (thank goodness!) and make the most of that stagnant performance-less period (hooray!), so you can get your own solo showcase up and running for 2010.

Give yourself and your theatre career an early Christmas present, and get creative with cabaret this summer!

The six-week course at The Butterfly Club in South Melbourne includes a cabaret ‘Starter Pack’ and ‘What Next?’ information kits, week-by-week worksheets, three two-hour workshops of intensive cabaret developing, writing and editing, a two-hour song masterclass and a three-hour rehearsal session.  

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The curriculum culminates in two Performance Nights (with lighting technician and accompanist provided) where participating artists sell tickets and perform a fifteen-minute extract from their developing show as part of a professional paid cabaret experience, followed by a feedback session and discussion class.

Dates:

Workshops (2 hrs)
Session 1      7.30-9.30pm Mon Nov 30
Session 2      7.30-9.30pm Mon Jan 7
Session 3      7.30-9.30pm Mon Jan 14

Masterclass (2 hrs)
Session 4      7.30-9.30pm Mon Dec 21

Rehearsal (3 hrs)
Session 5      7:30-10:30pm Mon Jan 4

Performance Nights (2 one-hr performances + follow-up discussion)
Session 6       8-11:00pm Tue/Wed Jan 12/13

Total Cost: $480 inclusive.

Contact: Course Co-ordinator Dr. Kim Edwards at playright@optusnet.com.au for your application form, more information or the next round dates for 2010

Theatre People
In Focus: Kim Edwards
http://theatrepeople.com.au/feature_articles/2009/may/20090524_tp_infocus_kimedwards.htm

Arts Hub
Creating Solo Cabaret
http://www.artshub.com.au/

Facebook Group
Creating Solo Cabaret
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=793560557#/group.php?gid=60549178072

Mum’s The Word: FROM HERE TO MATERNITY

This long weekend, how about celebrating with something a bit different?

Why not treat yourself to a fun night out with the girls for the return season of this hilarious show?!

Here’s what the lovely lady herself has to say about it…

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Dear Mums,

My name is Lizzie Matjacic and I’d like to tell you about my cabaret show!  

It’s a fun look at the trials and tribulations of being a mum, right from pregnancy through to mothering a toddler and beyond – with some great show tunes thrown in!   I am a mum with a 4 year-old son and am about to do it all again in February with my second, so this is my personal story and something I am hoping you will enjoy and relate to as a mother’s group.   So, grab your girlfriends and a babysitter for the night and come and have a relaxed and fun night of entertainment with me!

Love, Lizzie xxx

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From Here To Maternity is a funny and nostalgic look at the joys of motherhood – from pregnancy tests and parenting tips to teething toddlers and tipsy teddy bears…

Lizzie has learnt that Mother doesn’t always know best, but it can sometimes be fun finding out!

Mum’s the word!

Written and performed by Lizzie Matjacic
Accompanied by Adeline Han
Directed by Kim Edwards

Thur-Sat 7pm 29-31 Oct, Sun 6pm 1 Nov

The Butterfly Club
204 Bank St, South Melbourne

Tickets $22/17
Bookings: www.thebutterflyclub.com
Enquiries: 03 9690 2000

On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/event.php?eid=162777573072&index=1

A Remarkable True Story: THE PRICE OF GENIUS

A cabaret of Beethoven music?

You’re kidding, right?

The Price of Genius: A Daughter of the Revolution is the brainchild of Melbourne music academic Sally Collyer, and unites two of her passions: classical music, and an extraordinary untold story of a remarkable woman.

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In an era of Beethoven’s music and Shelley’s poetry, and a time of great upheaval and revolt, Mary Wollstonecraft changed the world forever when she wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Women.  She married an anarchist, demanded sexual equality, and gave birth to both feminism and the famous Mary Shelley who wrote Frankenstein.

But …

Mary Wollstonecraft had another daughter.

This is her story.

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The Price of Genius: A Daughter of the Revolution opens Thursday October 22 and runs until Sunday October 25 at The Butterfly Club in South Melbourne.   It stars the beautiful Ilsa Cook in the role written specifically for her, with renowned pianist Katherine Gillon at the piano, and is the most innovative and unusual cabaret you’re likely to see this year.

And the end of this story is guaranteed to stay with you long after the final chord has died away…

 

Ticket prices: $22 full / $17 concession or groups of 8 or more

Bookings: www.thebutterflyclub.com

Enquiries: 9690 2000

Performed by Ilsa Cook
Accompanied by Katherine Gillon
Directed by Kim Edwards

Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Book and lyrics by Sally Collyer

SHORT SWEET+CABARET: Submissions Close Soon

Only 10 minutes to perform a complete cabaret piece: are you up for the challenge?!

After its inaugural success last year, the Melbourne Short Sweet+Cabaret returns for November 2009, and submissions are closing soon for this cabaret version of the world’s most successful showcase event, Short And Sweet.

This is your last opportunity to participate in this ever-growing performance festival, and win exciting prizes, critical acclaim from an expert judging panel, and your audiences’ hearts!  

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*2008 winner Elenor Jane Adams, photo by Rory Fink

The deadline for entries is Monday September 7, and the event runs from Thursday-Sunday November 12-22 at Chapel Off Chapel in Prahan.

All forms of cabaret are welcome, but the genre itself emphasises innovation and imagination, so festival director David Read is particularly looking for “fresh but well thought-out ideas”.   He explains that, “aside from great prizes, Short Sweet+Cabaret provides performers with the opportunity to showcase their latest work, and acts as a launching pad to recognition and further opportunities.”

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Venue, technical requirements and piano accompaniment (if required) are provided, and individuals or groups can apply.

So what are you waiting for?   That fantastic idea you had for a cabaret show would be perfect for a ten-minute performance, and Melbourne’s Short Sweet+Cabaret festival is the ideal opportunity  for you to make it happen!

To enter a submission, simply email a 100 word or less description of your 10 minute cabaret concept to david@shortandsweet.org together with your name, telephone number and a list of any props, technical and musical accompaniment requirements.

On Twitter: http://twitter.com/shortsweetcab

On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=13830328820

IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT: Knocking ‘Em Dead

The macabre late-night cult show In The Dead of Night opened to rave reviews last weekend

Read what the reviewers are saying…

Horror Scope: http://ozhorrorscope.blogspot.com:80/2009/08/in-dead-of-night-review.html

Theatre People: http://theatrepeople.com.au/review_articles/2009/august/review_playright_deadofnight.htm

Trespass Magazine: http://www.trespassmag.com/?p=5193

Three 

Hear for yourself what all the hype is about…

Zac Brown sings The Gentleman’s Ballad

Lizzie Matjacic and Trevor Jones sing Dangerous Game

The final trio in Past The Point of No Return

Lizzie

 

Explore some behind-the-scenes secrets…

An interview with the director on Theatre People:
http://theatrepeople.com.au/feature_articles/2009/july/20090728_playright_deadofnight.htm

On Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/kim.edwards#/event.php?eid=93442204686

 

Buy your tickets now…

Bookings:
www.thebutterflyclub.com

 

BE WARNED: The Final Grotesque Weekend Is Already Selling Out…

In The Dead of Night