1. It’s the only festival show featuring Melbourne musical comedy legend Rusty Berther from the Scared Weird Little Guys.
2. Diversity. The show features an eclectic mix of guys and girls, musical instruments and musical styles.
3. It’s the only festival show where you can see Elena Gabrielle from The Shuffle Show, Darren Freak, 6ft Fairy aka Melinda King, Raw Comedy state finalist Rohan Windle and Stew Walker.
4. It’s another chance to enjoy fantastic acts you may have already seen during the festival such as Claire Healy and Andy Moratis.
5. Chapel Off Chapel is a sensational venue renowned for presenting top-flight entertainment. It’s just a minute away from Chapel Street’s dining and nightlife options so you can make a night of it, and a short tram ride away from the city.
1 Night Stand: A Musical Comedy Showcase is on at Chapel off Chapel on April 2
For more Information go to the MICF Website
by Noel Kelso
Last November the British sci-fi show Doctor Who had its fiftieth birthday. To celebrate this occasion writer and performer Katherine Phelps created Pop Mashup – Happy Birthday Doctor, a love letter to this very show.
Taking the form of a single adventure which mixes a newly regenerated Doctor with characters from the Harry Potter series of books and a certain surly feline internet meme, the result is a show reminiscent in style and content of the great British tradition of pantomime. All that is missing is calls of ‘It’s behind you!’
A newly regenerated Doctor crashes the TARDIS close to where Hermione and Harry have been hanging out in some woods but Harry has recently gone missing and there is a mysterious letter left for the Doctor. The plot’s not really all that important, though, as it makes about as much sense as your average episode of Doctor Who.
The show contains lots of geeky references and songs and the cast acquit themselves well.
Overall the audience enjoyed the show – laughing along at the gags, although some may have gone over the heads of the younger members present. It was a pity there were a few technical difficulties however, when at times, it proved difficult to hear some of the dialogue when it was drowned-out by the music playing over the sound system.
Stand-out performances for the show were Ruben Francis who managed to capture the very essence of the Doctor as a character and Melinda King who played the buxom villain, Tard the Grumpy Cat, with scene-chewing fervour.
Pop Mashup – Happy Birthday Doctor is at the Butterfly Club in Carson Place on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 4pm until April 20th.