Melbourne Fringe 2012

The Super Normal Life of Aiden Allcock

No Comments 30 September 2012

Dan Nixon is clearly a man of many talents, and the opening night of The Super Normal Life of Aiden Allcock left this reviewer eager to see what he comes up with next. Written and created by Nixon, this mini-musical about superheroes, comic books, friendship, underwear and kick-arse fight training sequences is the theatrical equivalent […]

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Melbourne Fringe 2012

Mark Butler: Word Swallower

No Comments 30 September 2012

Sometimes expectation can make or break a show, and there was no shortage of the stuff as Mark Butler bounced onto the stage with a sold-out opening night and a smash hit show from last year’s Fringe on his shoulders. Grammar Don’t Matter on a First Date packed venues last year, and there was just […]

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Melbourne Fringe 2012

Lime Champions’ Nightmare Tales

No Comments 30 September 2012

Lime Champions, the weekly radio sketch show, has at last ventured beyond the walls of the 3RRR studio to give us Nightmare Tales, an hour of very bizarre sketch comedy. Comedians Damien Lawlor, Josh Earl and Kirsten Law star in this self-described “comedy show about modern life – that is, if your life is one […]

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Melbourne Fringe 2012

6ft Fairy’s Birthday Surprise

No Comments 30 September 2012

6ft Fairy’s Birthday Surprise is a weird and wacky experience you’ll be unlikely to forget anytime soon. The 6ft fairy is the voluptuous Ivanna – a children’s party entertainer with a Russian lilt who tells overtly sexual jokes – and for her 40th birthday Ivanna’s friends Doctor Funkenstein (a dreadlocked, rubber-gloved scientist) and the rainbow-mohawked […]

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Melbourne Fringe 2012

The Wizard Sandwiches

No Comments 30 September 2012

With just a touch of audience interaction to begin – nothing too intimidating – the audience is treated to a fast-paced hour of seemingly independent sketches by the Wizard Sandwiches in their self-titled show. These five gentlemen who met at Deakin University have dabbled in sketch comedy in a variety of different forms and their versatility […]

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Melbourne Fringe 2012

Neil Sinclair: Panic!

1 Comment 28 September 2012

In its opening night, Neil Sinclair: Panic! filled the tiny back room of the Dancing Dog Café with belly laughs and hearty giggles as the charming Brit regaled the audience with tales from his Whitechapel flat during the 2011 London riots. Set in “The War Room” of his kitchen, Sinclair tells the story of he […]

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Melbourne Fringe 2012

Play Actually

No Comments 28 September 2012

Play Actually is a peculiar but vastly entertaining narrative which parodies the many forms of modern romance, ranging from online dating to virtual reality games. The performance is comprised of several bizarre romantic situations whose characters are interconnected, bearing a resemblance to the structure of popular romantic comedy Love Actually - however, this is where the […]

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Melbourne Fringe 2012

Minor Victories

No Comments 27 September 2012

Created by young New Zealanders (see: professional procrastinators*) Sherilee Kahui, Nellie Pearson and Dan Fraser, Minor Victories showcases the shallow and ambivalent mind of today’s chronically hedonistic twenty-somethings. Using an array of clever media including psychedelic AV projections, regret-riddled limericks and excruciating sock puppets, this series of vignettes demonstrates the trials and, more often than […]

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Melbourne Fringe 2012

The Warmth we Make with our Lives

No Comments 26 September 2012

Nestled in a covert space above the Order of Melbourne sits comedian Bart Freebairn’s makeshift pillow fort. Once you get down to your hands and knees and crawl through the initial entryway, you are greeted with Winnie-the-Pooh bedspreads that clothe the walls, smoothed doonas that line the floor and lumpy pillows that prop up the […]

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