After a delightful season as part of the Darebin Arts Speakeasy program at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April, I’m excited to be presenting Zen the Pigeon Girl in the July school holidays as part of the Rock Surfers Theatre Co.’s program.
Meet Zen. She’s half-pigeon, half-human. Zen has arms instead of wings. She can’t fly, but she can do other cool stuff like play the sitar, and do tricks with her marshmallow nunchucks. Zen is on an important mission: to find her lost mum! She must journey up high, into the sea in the sky – kingdom of the cosmic octopus. But how will she get there without wings? Join Zen as she travels through lands of songful soup caves and farting sunflowers, meeting scaredy goats and bummy worms along the way. A seriously silly new action-adventure tale told through physical comedy, clowning, puppetry and music.
Written with Justin Heazlewood
With music by The Bedroom Philosopher
Produced by Rock Surfers Theatre Co.
7-11 July 2015
Bookings and more info here
In August I had the great privilege of being artist-in-residence at the Pact Centre for Emerging Artists, developing a new work about apocalyptic fiction and doomsday preparations.
It was mind-bendingly fun, full of weird experiments and exciting collaborations, and the outcome was pure glorious, hilarious madness. This was the first of a series of developments for this work, more info to come about future incarnations. In the meantime, here is an interview I did with PACT about it all, and some images from the work in progress.
WINNER – BEST COMEDY
NOMINEE – STAND-OUT PERFORMER
(NZ Fringe 2014)
Body-poet Sabrina D’Angelo tells the story of her life (and the life of her story). Enter a bizarre silent film world where bears, bum-worms and Madame Bovary burst forth like hot-air buffoons. Described as ‘Kate Bush meets Mr. Bean’, Sabrina probes into the grand themes of life, love and identity with the grace and zest of an excited toddler. Wickedly funny and heartwarmingly tender, it’s the physical comedy that’s all in your mind.
“An amazing array of physical comedy on display. You will be rewarded with dozens of laughs and get many more as you revisit the stranger moments after you leave.” Crikey
“Will have you in stitches.” The Age
“Horrifically funny.” Time Out Melbourne
“Comedy equals tragedy plus mime.” All mimes
Created with Cal McCrystal (One Man, Two Guvnors) & Justin Heazlewood (The Bedroom Philosopher)
Dates: Thursday 24th July – Saturday 26th July
Time: 9:00 pm
Venue: The Little Theatre, Bondi Pavillion, Bondi Beach
More info at bondifeast.com.au
Thrilled to be a part of this thoroughly awesome lineup.
Crazy Bastards is a parody of Mad Men, set in a Sydney advertising agency in the mid 80s. It tells the story of how some of Australia’s most iconic ad campaigns were devised, from ‘Solo Man’ to the ‘AIDS Grim Reaper.’ It has all the style and sexiness of the popular television series with none of the budget. The sketch stars Nigel Nailer (Justin Heazlewood) the mysterious head of creative at ‘Nailer & Brown’ agency. He is a slick yet unhinged rogue, prone to elaborate ‘role playing’ and Vietnam flashbacks. His partner is Percy Brown (David McLaughlin) a goofy kiwi in double denim. He offers a cool-head to Nigel’s wilder ideas. Suzie (Sabrina D’Angelo) is their faithful and bombastic Chinese-Italian assistant. Suzie is Nigel’s muse, often providing the missing puzzle piece, and enough politically-incorrect innuendo to poke a stick at.
The three part series was created as part of ABC’s Freshblood initiative and are now available on YouTube. Follow the links for Solo, Snack Packs and AIDS.
The Colour White is an energetic, acrobatic and irreverent physical circus/ contemporary dance performance that explores what it means to be ‘beautiful’.
The Colour White looks at recent media attention given to young non-Caucasian people apparently attempting to look more ‘Western’ by physically altering their bodies and asks, “Is this phenomenon a product of a media over saturated with images that depict Whiteness as beautiful; or an inherently racist suggestion?”
Based on a script by Michelle Lee, design by Tanja Beer, original concept and direction by Gorkem Acaroglu
Created and performed by Vanessa McGregor, Richard Sullivan and Sabrina D’Angelo
Venue: The Mechanics Institute, 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick VIC 3056
Dates: 19 – 22 June
Tickets: $20 Concession, $25 Full, $18 Group bookings
A whole year ago I made this music video with musician Justin Heazlewood and animator and film-maker Alesh Macak. Oh, and this curious little dude called Fin. So happy to finally share it with the world.