Review – Tanya Losanno – The Good, The Bad and The Elderly

From feeling like she grew up on the set of the Godfather, where the weapon of choice was guilt, to feeling like she is in a spaghetti western, where belligerence is the weapon of choice, The Good, The Bad and the Elderly is about a modern day cowboy trying to look after two old school ones.

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Tanya Losanno has returned to the stage at the Melbourne Comedy Festival with her heartwarming, and witty show about the reality and the chaos that ensues when you find yourself thrust from generation X, into the sandwich generation. (The sandwich generation are those of us caring for our children whilst also caring for our elderly parents.)  This is a show many will relate to, and if not yet, a show you need to see, to get a little insight into what’s ahead.

The show pays homage to Tanya’s parents, with heartwarming and funny stories, anecdotes about Aldi special buys and scammers, and a truth that gives the audience a real insight into the chaos of being everything to everyone!

There is no doubt that Tanya is a wonderful storyteller. She speaks passionately, from the heart, and the show is at times visibly poignant to her.  There were moments where I had a lump in my throat, truly moved by Tanya’s words, only to be pulled back by another well timed gag. She shares her incredibly personal journey, the ups and the downs, with wit and compassion, which is why Tanya truly captivated the audience from the get go!

“I have lots of stories to tell and my family inspires a lot of my comedy.”

Tanya has a talent, not afforded to many. She manages to fill your heart with tenderness, have you gushing with love and feelings of “shit, that’s my life,” then darts a one liner at you, which forces tears of laughter down your cheeks. Book your tickets as The Good The Bad and The Elderly is not to be missed. On now until the 21st April at The Coopers MaltHouse, Shell Room.

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival – Top 5 for the adults

Everyone loves a good night out, especially when it’s to enjoy some A class comedy sans kids, with a wine in hand! Melbourne is once again host to the worlds best comedians and I for one, will absolutely be making the most of the comedy festival this year! *My babysitter will be bathing in $50 notes by the end of April!
Here are my top picks for this years Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Top 5 is pretty hard, and there are a stack of shows that are also on my (other) list , and absolutely should be on yours too….(including the insanely funny 50 Shades, The Musical Parody)
However, here are 5 shows that you mustn’t miss, in no particular order… Although, I do have a huge girl crush on all of the Fringe Wives so….

 

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Glittergrass incorporates storytelling, slapstick comedy, Dolly-dazzling outfits and a killer soundtrack played entirely LIVE by the wives themselves on banjo, accordion, uke, mandolin, washboard, lagerphone, musical saw, kazoos, the spoons (and anything else they can rustle up) with the support of a junk band rhythm section.

This timely and uncompromising feminist call-to-arms is created and performed by physical comedy queen Tessa Waters (Winner: Best Comedy Weekly Award, Adelaide Fringe 2017, Womanz/Over Promises/Fully Sik), musical comedy powerhouse Victoria Falconer (Winner: London Cabaret Award 2015, EastEnd Cabaret/Yeti’s Demon Dive Bar) and acclaimed comedian and storyteller Rowena Hutson (Winner: Most Outstanding Comedy Melbourne Fringe 2015, Strong Female Character) and this year will also feature Laura Frew (Double Denim / Director’s Choice Award MICF 2018) and Sharnema Nougar (Two Little Dickheads).

Date:  Thur 28th March – Sun 21st April (no show Mondays)

Time: Tues-Sat 9:45pm, Sunday 8:45pm

Venue:  Beckett Theatre, The Coopers Malthouse, 113 Sturt St

Tickets: $23- $32

Bookings: 03 9685 5111 or online at www.malthousetheatre.com.au and www.comedyfestival.com.au

Duration:  60 mins duration 


Marina Margarita presents Odette! Baby Daddy

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Fun, feisty and incredibly fertile Odetteis the larger-than-life cleaning lady everybody loves to love. Meet her in this award-nominated debut solo show, fresh from successful runs in Australia and the UK.
On a quest for the passionate romance that can only come from an immaculately coiffed superstar of daytime TV, Odette! dreams of shacking up with heart-throb Ridge Forrester from The Bold and The Beautiful.
After her shock elimination from the 2019 annual B&B super fan championship competition by a trick question in the first round, Odette! has broken into the final and pushed her way to the head of the queue, determined to be the first to catch Ridge’s eye.  With an arsenal of ideas to win him over, indomitable optimism and an ever expanding baby bump, her dreams seem within reach.  Until Brian, her jilted ex-lover, appears.
A hilarious new song-fuelled character comedy about dreaming big and falling hard, Odettewas nominated for the FRINGE WORLD Best Comedy Award 2018. 
Dates: 25 March – 4 April
Time: 10pm
Venue: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place off Lt Collins Street
Tickets: $27-$34
Duration: 60 Minutes

Tanya Losanno The Good, The Bad and the Elderly

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2019 Moosehead Receipt Tanya Lossano returns to the stage with a show about the reality and the chaos that ensues when you find yourself thrust from generation X, slap bang into the sandwich generation.

Tanya Losanno is a first generation Australian to post World War 2 immigrant Italian parents and has recently moved back to where she grew up, with her family in tow and is now looking down the barrel of being a carer to her elderly parents.

From feeling like she grew up on the set of the Godfather, where the weapon of choice was guilt, to feeling like she is in a spaghetti western, where belligerence is the weapon of choice, The Good, The Bad and the Elderly is about a modern day cowboy trying to look after two old school ones.

Dates: 28th March – 21st April
Time: 6pm, 7pm
Venue: The Coopers Malt House, Shell Room, 113 Sturt St
Tickets: $20-$28
Duration: 60 Minutes

Two Little Dickheads Present 

What Would Bill Murray Do?

By David Tieck

Want to have more fun in your life? Start asking yourself- What Would Bill Murray Do?

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David Tieck is a big-fat absurdist, idiotic, stupid faced, teddy bear type person. In this new hour of silliness, Tieck is officially promising to show off at least 37 totally weird, reckless and flippantly foolish ideas, as well as possibly up to as many as profound ideas.

Taking a note from Bill Murray’s beautiful approach to life and comedy, this visceral show weaves together mischievous characters and sublime silliness with poems, songs and ridiculous joy.  Tieck and Murray have a lot in common; they both studied at The Second City Chicago, they both have brothers, they’re both survivors of horrific cystic acne and they both love to leave audiences with a new life philosophy on how to have the most fun ever.

Dates: 27th March – 8th April (no show Wed 3rd April)

Time: 18:30

Venue: Imperial Hotel, 2-8 Bourke St

Tickets: $18-$22

Duration: 50 mins

Bookings: comedyfestival.com.au

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GARRY STARR CONQUERS TROY

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Acting was invented by the ancient Greeks. Before that people were just pretending. With the release of his ground-breaking new book ‘An Actor Pretends’, disgraced actor Garry Starr enlightens us all with the ancient art of ‘not-for-realism’, thus (once again) saving the performing arts from inevitable extinction.

Following his multi-award-winning debut in 2018 (Garry Starr Performs Everything), comic wunderkind Damien Warren-Smith delivers another anarchic drama masterclass to remember.

Damien Warren-Smith grew up in the sleepy snowy mountain town of Cooma before studying at Actors Centre Australia. Upon graduating, he moved to London where he spent more than a decade working as an actor and deviser with companies such as Tall Stories, Hull Truck and Nottingham Playhouse. In 2013, he studied at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris before creating internationally renowned clown collective A Plague of iDiOTS.

Date:  Thu 28 March – Sun 21 April (no show Mondays)

Time: Tues-Sat 9:15pm, Sun 8:15pm

Venue: Tower Theatre, The Coopers Malthouse, 113 Sturt St

Tickets: $32-$24

Duration:  60 mins duration – Rating: 18+

Bookings: 03 9685 5111 or online at www.malthousetheatre.com.au and www.comedyfestival.com.au

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Have a wonderful time, and make sure you let us know about all the awesome shows you have seen so we don’t miss out!

Liv xx

I just like to smile, smiling’s my favourite – Buddy (Elf)

79 Years Since The Wizard of Oz premiered in theatres…

One of the greatest movies (if not THE greatest) of all time, is 79 years old today! We thought it was worth celebrating with a trip down memory lane!

The Wizard of Oz was legendary for its use of Technicolor, fantasy storytelling, musical score, and memorable, loveable characters. It is absolutely an icon of American popular culture and one of those stories that never seems to age.

The film was nominated for 6 Academy Awards

  • Best Picture… but lost to Gone with the Wind.
  • Best Original Song for “Over the Rainbow” *win
  • Best Original Score by Herbert Stothart. *win

The Wizard of Oz was considered a critical success upon release in August 1939 however it failed to make a profit for MGM until the 1949 re-release, this made it MGM’s most expensive production at that time.

We think it was worth it! Do you remember when you first watched this?

 

Disney on Ice is here- Get your skates on before it sells out!

We went to ‘Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic’ last night at Hisense Arena in Melbourne and we’re pretty sure your little Disney fans will love you forever if you book tickets!! This is promising to be one of the top winter holiday activities.

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The show starts with a bang as always; everyone loves an opener, however, there’s not much getting away from Disney’s tried and tested formula, even for this celebration of ‘100 years of Magic!’  (Expect lots of Frozen!) Do not despair though, you’ll be relieved to see a couple of new faces, such as Genie from Aladdin and Mulan. This is where the talent of the skaters really comes out. An enormous Chinese Dragon, flying across the ice, not a paw out of rhythm.  *Our favourite part of the show!

The audience was a sea of Elsa dresses and Mickey ears, glowing swords and sparkly wands. My kids are “too old to dress up” apparently, and they were definitely in the minority, so don’t be afraid to let loose and dig out your Cinderella ballgown!!

The show was like all Disney on Ice shows before it; no expense spared (maybe that’s why it’s a pricey night out). A full snow storm, exciting pyrotechnics, top-quality costumes, and an insanely talented cast of ice dancers.

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Full of energy, full of Disney magic and full of all your favourite Disney characters…. (**Apart from Moana….Sad face!) Disney on Ice 2018 should absolutely be on your holiday to-do list.  With a whopping 14 stories told, 30 classic Disney songs belted out, and wonderful props, including a sweet little boat which takes some very excited audience members out onto the ice and an enormous turtle; who’d want to miss that??

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Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic 

 Tickets are on sale now at www.Ticketek.com.au/DisneyOnIce.

2018 National Tour Dates

Melbourne – Hisense Arena, Melbourne                                5 – 10 July          (Thurs – Tues)

Newcastle – Newcastle Entertainment Centre                    13-15 July               (Fri – Sun)

Sydney – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney Olympic Park          18- 23 July             (Wed – Mon)

Feld Entertainment encourage patrons to source tickets through the authorised ticketing agents appointed by our Disney On Ice venues. The authorised ticketing agent for all cities is Ticketek (www.Ticketek.com.au/DisneyOnIce)There are significant risks in buying from other sources. 

OzPanto – British Expat fun at its best!!

 

SLEEPING BEAUTY A KNIGHT AVENGER’S TALE

Sleeping Beauty tells the story of Princess Aurora, who by a single prick of her finger is put to sleep for 100 years. Doomed by fate, only a Prince’s sweet kiss can break the spell and awaken the sleeping beauty. 

 

The Wilson’s rugged up and headed into Melbourne to the Comedy Theatre for opening night of Bonnie Lythgoe’s latest Oz Panto, Sleeping Beauty! What a fab family night out!

For all you British expats out there, you will be pleased to hear this is proper British panto… with a sprinkling of Oz! If you’re anything like me you’ll get all homesick this time of year. It feels like we should be celebrating all things Christmas but it’s June and not even remotely Christmassy! Having said that, this pantomime is absolutely the perfect ‘winter’ pick me up for the whole family! OzPanto is by no means a cheap imitation of panto; this is true, old fashioned pantomime with all the singing, dancing, cracking jokes and cheesy lines. It’s exactly what winter in Australia needs!

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Our faves:

Rhonda Burchmore plays the wicked fairy ‘Carabosse’. Rhonda stole the show with her terrfying presence, huge voice and her incredible legs. Yes I said it! Green eyed monster right here! Carabosse brought the theatre alive with “Boo’s” every time she stepped on to the stage, just as panto should be.

Kev Orkian as ‘Silly Billy’ made us all belly laugh. There were tears streaming down our cheeks at points throughout, and it was all down to his impeccable timing and hilarious stage presence.

The Dancers -Wow, the incredible dancers. The children were full of energy and super talented. Absolute stars in the making.


 

British Expats or Aussie this is a must see! For the Brits it will take you back to your childhood, and for the Aussies, it’s a wonderful introduction to the timeless art of British Pantomime.  Bonnie Lythgoe has brought the true magic of pantomime all the way to Australia for our families to enjoy, which means our expat kids aren’t missing out on what used to be a family tradition back home!

Grab your tickets now!

You’re guaranteed dazzling costumes, stunning sets, magic, breath taking special effects, side splitting comedy, and sensational musical numbers. A massive hit for all ages.

www.ozpanto.com


Melbourne

VENUE: Comedy Theatre, 240 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

DATES: Friday 29 June – Sunday 8 July

PRICES: VIP $89.95 / A Reserve $69.95 / B Reserve $59.95 Plus Family tickets available

BOOKINGSTicketmaster.com.au or 1300 11 10 11

 Sydney

VENUE:  State Theatre, 49 Market Street, Sydney

DATESFriday 13 July – Sunday 22 July

PRICES: from $52.95 to $97.95 plus Family tickets available

BOOKINGSTicketmaster.com.au or 1300 139 588

STOMP straight to the box office Australia!!

 

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We headed into Melbourne for the opening night of STOMP! I have always wanted to see the show, but never had the chance! Oh my…  it exceeded all of my expectations. If you have seen the posters and heard the buzz, you know NOTHING!! You have to see and hear it to believe it, and even then you wont believe your ears or your eyes.

For someone who struggles to put one foot in front of the other some days, the rythmn that the cast have firing through their veins is just mind blowing. I mean, who on earth can bounce a basketball in a rhythmic way, alongside 7 other people, THEN PASS THE BALLS AROUND WHILST STILL BEING IN TIME AND CREATING MELODY...?

STOMP has become a global phenomenon over the last 26 years and has been performed for over 12 million people in 55 countries across six continents. There’s a good reason it’s such a hit!!

 Eight incredible performers create musical magic from all sorts of everyday items, including a humble supermarket trolley! (I have since tried this rhythmic trolley magic in Woolworths and was asked to leave after frightening a small child)!

I don’t want to ruin the magic for anyone going, so I won’t tell you too much.. Just know that if you book to go and see STOMP you will be blown away by 8 cast members who’s connection through the sound they are making, creates a show that will not only have you tapping away at your kitchen bench as soon as you get home, but will give you the most tingly goosebumps, and an insane urge to see if you could recreate THAT SOUND….

Zippo lighters, bin lids, and even the kitchen sink are used to hammer out an explosively feel-good rhythm.  Trust me, you won’t be able to resist having a go.

The choreography, the connection between the cast members, the industrial percussion, and continuous comedy made this one of the best shows Mr W and I have seen on stage. Mouth wide open kinda stuff!! Go and see it when it STOMPS into your city!! *see what I did there?

“BIG, NOISY AND IRRESISTIBLE” – Sun Herald, Sydney 

“BRILLIANT AND VERY FUNNY” – The New York Times


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Show Dates

Melbourne – Comedy Theatre 1st May – 6th May 2018 (BOOK)

Gold Coast – The Star 31st May – 3rd June 2018 (BOOK)

Adelaide – Adelaide Entertainment Centre 6th June -10th June 2018 (BOOK)

Sydney – Capitol Theatre 31st July – 6th August 2018 (BOOK)


 

*Photo’s courtesy of STOMP TOUR

The Pop Up Globe – He believed he could so he did!!!

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Walking up through the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in the darkness of the evening, you can spy a chain of bright lights through the trees. By the time you have found out what they are, you have been completely blown over by the sight of the Pop Up Globe standing high on the hill like a beautiful fair maiden from old London! I think I may have even gasped!

The venue is a feat of engineering, all coming together after a pop up story at bedtime and an inquisitive child in New Zealand asking daddy how they could visit the Globe Theatre themselves. Imagine your father making THAT happen!!! Hats off to the insanely brave and awesome Miles Gregory, who believed he could, so he did!

Last week we went to a performance of As You Like It, and boy did we like it! Walking into the Pop Up Globe sends a shiver down the spine of even the most hardy of men. A replica Jacobean Theatre built with mostly scaffolding in the middle of Melbourne, and you are almost thrown into 1614, and looking for a wench to serve you some mead.

We were seated in amongst the scaffolding, on a rather comfy cushion, directly in front of the stage. As soon as the music began I was right there, hanging on every word.

The actors made the story come alive, made it real; they made us laugh… properly laugh.  They took us right back to Shakespearean times, with some clever modern adaptions for everyone to enjoy. The sword fights, the love trysts, the dancing and the music, all performed in THE space it was made for.

With a talented cast of all male, all rounders, it was a night to remember. Michael Mahony as Touchstone was faultless, as was the rest of the cast. Having spent most of my English Lit classes being miserably confused, I am really excited that we have this wonderful theatre to take us right back, and engage us in the way Shakespeare wanted.

The Pop Up Globe is in Melbourne now until the 12th November.

‘I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it’ – As You Like It – Shakespeare