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The good, the bad and the bogan: an interview with Amanda Knights, Melbourne Fringe 2015

0 Comments 24 August 2015

Amanda Knights discovered her favourite song the same way every discerning music lover does: while listening to an early ’90s Smash Hits compilation tape. Right there, nestled between Marky Mark and New Kids on the Block, Knights found an Australian gem: Divinyls’ I’m on Your Side.

“I think it’s the sexiest song in the world,” she reflects. “I’m a bit obsessed with [Divinyls’ frontwoman] Chrissy Amphlett.”

Aussie Mixtape – Knights’ latest offering for Melbourne Fringe, created with long-time performing partner Kat Rich – is an invitation to celebrate our musical evolution, as the duo unearth the good, the bad and the bogan in Australian music from the past four decades.

Having met five years ago while taking classes at Impro Melbourne, Knights and Rich are making a name for themselves on the Fringe scene. Aussie Mixtape comes off the back of last year’s Star Wars spoof Episode 6.5 at Melbourne Fringe and a sell-out season of the all-female improvised show Hashtag at Adelaide Fringe.

But this original play – with plenty of live music and hairbrush singing – is a project closer to their hearts.

“The central characters will be heightened versions of ourselves,” Knights explains, “and the other characters will be from our world as well – family and friends.”

So whether it’s Farnsy, Kylie or the Oils that you’ve got a soft spot for, you’ll be in good company. No discrimination, just celebration.


Aussie Mixtape will be at the Courthouse Hotel, Jury Room from 16-25 September at 9.30pm Tues-Sun, 8.30pm Sun. Tickets $16-$21.Book tickets at or call (03) 9660 9666.






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