Tag: Rama Nicholas


Monstrously funny and surprisingly profound

By Myron My

Rama Nicholas returns to Melbourne Fringe 2015 in fighting spirit with Mary Weather’s Monsters. Set in 1890 in London, we are introduced to monster-hunter and Lord Protector of London, Mary Weather. She has caught every single monster known to man: giant spiders, werewolves and swamp monsters to name but a few. However, she now she faces her greatest challenge yet, a challenge that will have her questioning her beliefs of what is a good and what is evil.

Mary Weather's Monsters

Nicholas plays all 11 characters in the show and her instant transformation from one to the other is testament to her consummate skill. Each person/monster in her story has a distinct voice and appearance and not once does she waver in her dedication to each character.

There are not many performers I’ve seen who can convincingly transport their audience to another world without a single prop or stage piece. Nicholas has only her talent of storytelling at her disposal and she does not disappoint. The story is told in a very arch and cheeky manner and Nicholas knows when to gloss over things and when to go into greater detail. Subsequently, the audience never quite knows what is going to happen next but there is enough trust to know that she is going to give us a very good time.

Mary Weather’s Monsters can be seen as an allegory for acceptance and standing up for those who are not able to do so for themselves. It’s about being true to yourself and challenging something when you are not convinced by it. Alternatively, it can also be seen as a fun homage to the monster genre and a damn funny show. Either way, you won’t be leaving the show disappointed.

Nicholas’ character work is masterful, and her ability to tell a concise, intriguing and enjoyable story will ensure that the shows she creates will always be winners. Despite it being early days into the Fringe festival, if Mary Weather’s Monsters is not on your must-see list, then you’re just doing Fringe wrong.

Venue: Fringe Hub, Arts House, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne, 3051

Season: Until 3 October | Tues-Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm

Tickets:$25 Full | $22 Conc | $18 Cheap Tuesday

Bookings: Melbourne Fringe Festival

REVIEW: Death Rides A Horse for MICF

Saddle up for character comedy

By Kate Boston Smith

Rama Nicholas grabs the reins with authority in her first solo show, Death Rides a Horse .  With sharp wit, excellent imagination and full commitment the multiple characters she plays this one-woman show of full force.

Having come up through the ranks of Melbourne’s rich improv scene, Nicholas proves that she has what it takes to deliver on her own.  Death Rides a Horse is an excellent parody of all those spaghetti westerns you loved as a child.

Rama Nicholas

Though some of the jokes feel a little limp at times there was absolutely no faulting her acting ability. Nicholas switched seamlessly through characters such as a cowgirl on the rise to fame, brothel madam, Latin lover, evil sheriff, trusty stead and of course, Death himself.

To watch as her wild imagination came alive on stage in front of you via all these characters was amazing.  Her simple set and use of props added discreet colour and shape to the show, as did her well-timed “blue jokes” for this late-night timeslot.   Moments I particularly enjoyed were the ‘death twins’, the Death song and I’m always a sucker for a Princess Bride reference.

Nicholas clearly has a love affair with character work, and she is excels in this area.  Due to this commitment and impressive number of characters introduced in the piece the story lacks a certain amount of meat on its bones.  This is a show of incredible craftsmanship, rather than a constant laugh out loud or ‘ROFOL’ adventure. Death Rides a Horse is to be enjoyed by those who want to wander off the (sometimes) aggressive stand-up track and take a winding trail through the prairie of one woman’s incredible imagination.

The Tuxedo Cat
27 Mar-9 Apr
Mon-Sat 10.45pm
Sun 9.45pm

Revolt Melbourne
11-20 Apr
Tue-Sat 7.30pm
Sun 5.30pm

Booking details can be found here.

Review: IMPRO MELBOURNE’s Late Night Impro

Get spontaneous for MICF!

By Myron My

For those who are looking for something a little different for this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival, look no further than this, Impro Melbourne’s Late Night Impro performance with their season of Stuck In The Middle.

Improvised comedy is non-scripted comedy based on spontaneity from the performers. Think Who’s Line Is It Anyway? and Thank God You’re Here and you’ll have a pretty good idea on what this is all about.

The premise of this 55-minute, mind-blowing, pure-craziness-of-a-show involves one performer being ‘stuck’ in the middle of the stage with five or six improvisers coming at them with various games and scenes that they must participate in. There is no break for our lone target as the predators surround him. Only sheer smarts and wits will get him out of this alive.

The beauty of improvisation is that every night you treated to a completely different performance. No two shows are ever the same. The improvisers are always different as are the special guests, who have so far included Rama Nicholas, Cal Wilson, Andrew Mclelland and Eric Amber being “stuck in the middle”.

Highlights from Saturday night’s performance were some white male gangsta-rapping, tackling homosexuality in 1970s Spain and a brief history of how Napoleon won Waterloo.  The audience feedback afterwards was nothing but positive, especially from people who had never seen this sort of comedy performance before.

With only two nights left this is the show you must see if you are looking for something inspiring and completely different to stand-up performances during the 2012 Comedy Festival.

Melbourne Town Hall
13 – 14 April
Fri-Sat 11pm
Full $20
, Concession $15
Ticketmaster: 1300 660 013