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REVIEW: Anya Anastasia in FEAR-EATER THEATRE

Promise of more…

By Myron My

In Anya Anastasia’s Fear-Eater Theatre, we are treated to a variety of songs and performances that have been inspired by various fairy tales or iconic figures.

Anastasia’s grand and glamorous entrance as Marie Antoinette was effective in grabbing our attention, but soon after the attention waned and unfortunately I found myself encountering less and less to enjoy about this show.

Fear Eater Theatre

Granted, this was a preview performance for this Melbourne season, and there were a few overt things that needed refinement, such as call cues and effective positioning of UV lights, but I must admit for me, the show itself failed to entertain on the level one would have expected.

The inclusion of guest dancer Briohny May not only felt completely out of context with what the rest of the show was about, but the three songs to which she danced felt like three too many. I found no charisma or charm in the performance personally, and was left puzzled as to why Anastasia has chosen to include the numbers in Fear-Eater Theatre.

Similarly, Anastasia’s performances appeared to be too focused on getting out the right moves, rather than enjoying herself on stage. Again however, I would like to put this down to preview-night nerves and an artist testing new routines.

Anastasia’s greatest strength lies in her songwriting; her ability to take an idea and spin it around until a different perspective is revealed is intriguing to witness. Her skill is evident and admirable in creating quirky and original songs.

I walked out of Fear-Eater Theatre not feeling I had been transported into an “extravagant fantasy realm” as stated in the show’s description, but that this was a performance that perhaps still needed more work and thought before being put on stage again.

Venue: The Butterfly Club, 256 Collins St (entry via Carson Place), Melbourne

Season: Until 14 September | 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00pm

Tickets: $25 Full | $22 Conc

Bookings: http://www.thebutterflyclub.com

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Forget Your Troubles! The Return of HAPPINESS 101

Because EVERYONE needs more  Happiness-ology in their lives!

Having a bad day?

Here’s something to make you smile!

That’s right, ladies and gentleman, our favourite comedy cabaret guru and aspiring academic is back for a second season to remind us that laughter IS the best pseudo-science!

After a debut of feel-good performances and full-houses, Professor Gravis (aka Melissa Trickey) will be back with her lovable cabaret show, Happiness 101, and the good professor promises us it will be bigger, better, and WAY more happy!

It’s guaranteed to turn you from this…

 

 

…to this!

 

 

Mel Trickey, a mainstay of Melbourne music theatre, successfully tuned her talents into cabaret earlier this year, and is delighted to be returning to The Butterfly Club for four additional performances next week.

For fans of the first season, there is rumoured to be some new intrigues and song surprises, along with all your favourite hilarious spoofs of academia, aspirations and ABBA!

So get Glee-ful, sing for joy, and unleash your dancing queen: this show is simply and utterly a great laugh in good company, and a really fun night out!

Come on – get happy!

Happiness 101: A quirky cabaret about ploys for joy, measures for pleasure and practising what you preach.

Warning: Comedy is contagious…!

Written and performed by Melissa Trickey

Directed by Kim Edwards

Accompanied by Rowland Braché

Venue:  The Butterfly Club

204 Bank Street South Melbourne

Dates: Thur- Sun 13-18 Oct

Times: Thur-Sat 7pm, Sun 6pm

Bookings: www.thebutterflyclub.com

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…!)

 

Back By Popular Demand: THE SECRET LIFE OF A SECRETARY

Wondering what on earth you and your friends should do after work this week?

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Don’t stress!   This Girl Friday has the perfect solution…

After full houses for its opening season last week, the quirky new cabaret The Secret Life of a Secretary is back by popular demand for two final performances this week.  

Dynamic young artist Claire De Freitas, a graduate of the Creating Solo Cabaret course, is spilling the secrets of what goes on in those office cubicles and behind those corporate doors.   Funny, feisty and full of all the gossip we’ve been dying to know, this Friday and Saturday night will be your last chance to see this highly popular show this year!

From audience sales last week, we know these tickets won’t be available for long…

So call your work friends, clear your schedule, kick off your high heels and hang up your suit jacket, and book fast!

After-work drinks and a great night out of music and laughs?   Now, that’s something to smile about after a long day in the office…!

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SecretLife2Performed and written by Claire de Freitas

Directed by Kim Edwards

Accompanied by Cameron Thomas

Venue: The Butterfly Club
                204 Bank St, South Melbourne

Dates: Friday 4th – Saturday 5th September

Time: 7.00pm

Ticket price: $22 Full/$17 Concession or groups of 8 or more

Bookings: www.thebutterflyclub.com

Duration: 50 minutes approx

Secretary Promo photo

The Secret Life Of A Secretary: A Quirky New Cabaret

PAs, receptionists, admin staff and office workers of the world unite!  

You have nothing to lose, but… all that job stress this week when you laugh it all off with your colleagues in this great theatre night out!

We all know what really goes on in a corporate office – the backstabbing, the romance, the dramas…   Finally, here’s one secretary who isn’t afraid to talk (and even sing) about it!

The Secret Life of a Secretary
The Secret Life of a Secretary

Melbourne performer Claire de Freitas is springing straight out of the most recent Creating Solo Cabaret course and into her own feisty, frazzled and funny look at life in the corporate world.   This new and quirky debut show isn’t afraid to open the office briefcase and poke fun at all the crazy, cheeky, sexy things that go on behind the water cooler, under the business suits, and on those boardroom tables…

Turn off the work pager, slip off the high heels, unbutton the power jacket, and sit back with Miss Byrd as The Office meets Sex and the City for your chance to enjoy glamour, gossip – and one hell of a lunch break!

 

Performed and written by Claire de Freitas

Directed by Kim Edwards

Accompanied by Cameron Thomas

Venue: The Butterfly Club
                204 Bank St, South Melbourne

Dates: Thursday 27th – Sunday 30th August

Times: 7.00pm Thurs to Sat; 6.00pm on Sun

Ticket price: $22 Full/$17 Concession or groups of 8 or more

Bookings: www.thebutterflyclub.com

Duration: 60 minutes approx

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