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.
Boy genius Justin Heazlewood is launching his book with a madcap free live art happening festival! Get your paws on a copy. It’s excellent. Part confessional, part rogue self help book, Funemployed is an hilarious, intimate and revelatory book about the state of the arts in Australia.
More info at: justinheazlewood.com
What is all the FRACAS about? Only that Black Hole Theatre is presenting its latest Puppet Slam, FRACAS!, in Sydney on 27th May, 2014! Join us for an evening of puppet disorder at the Delmar Gallery (144 Victoria Street, Ashfield, NSW) featuring the talents of The Sydney Puppet Theatre, John Cervenka, Ivan Chew, Kristen Clerke, Sabrina D’Angelo, Anton Johanssen, Shani Moffat, Alsion Richards, Ben Veenkamp, Kay Yasugi and returning MC extraordinaire Bernard Caleo.
Doors open at 7PM with light refreshments and adult beverages to be served, while the raucous begins at 7:30PM. Tickets: $20
More info here
Saturday night. School Hall. The cordial is cold, the talent is hot. The decorations committee have outdone themselves. This is NightTime: Talent Quest.
I’ll be trialling some exciting and highly stupid new material alongside these fabulous young achievers:
110% 110% (Beth Dillon, Kieran Bryant, Lachlan Herd)
Smalltown (James Brown and Matt prest)
Jennifer Hamilton and Craig Johnson
Nathan Harrison & Jake Pember
CURATED BY FRIENDS WITH DEFICITS
PRESENTED BY PERFORMANCE SPACE IN ASSOCIATION WITH NATIONAL ART SCHOOL
SAT 17 MAY 2014
6PM – 8PM
CELL BLOCK THEATRE, NATIONAL ART SCHOOL (DARLINGHURST)
More info and bookings here
NZ FRINGE 2014
WINNER – BEST COMEDY
NOMINATION – STAND OUT PERFORMER
Acclaimed body-poet Sabrina D’Angelo tells the story of her life (and the life of her story). Enter a bizarre old-gold world where bears, bum-worms and Madame Bovary burst forth like hot-air buffoons. It’s the physical comedy that’s all in your mind.
“Bizarrely hilarious… an amazing array of physical comedy .” Crikey
“Will have you in stitches.” The Age
“Horrifically funny.” Time Out Melbourne
“D’Angelo has more commitment than a suicide bomber” Theatreview (NZ)
“Comedy equals tragedy plus mime” All mimes
Created with Cal McCrystal (One Man, Two Guvnors) & Justin Heazlewood (The Bedroom Philosopher)