STEP INSIDE THE DISCO WORLD OF VELVET

July 30, 2017

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VELVET, billed as “A Divine Discotheque Circus” is currently exciting Sydney theatregoers at the Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay. This ARIA nominated and award winning hit show has announced that due to popular demand, its Sydney season will be extended for a further two weeks and will run until Sunday 20 August.

VELVET lets the audience experience a funky, fun and sexy night at an upbeat disco, complete with glitterball and a non-stop exhilarating disco soundtrack, that never lets up from the opening moment.

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Director Craig Ilott has created a hedonistic world, pitting dazzling acrobatics against disco divas as this sparkling show channels the original Studio 54 nightclub. This international ensemble of circus, cabaret and music includes muscle man Stephen Williams, hula boy extraordinaire Craig Reid, acrobatic wunderkind Mirko Köckenberger, sizzling aerialist Emma Goh, Kaylah Attard and Rechelle Mansour as the two sassy sirens plus actor/singer Tom Oliver who plays the young ingénue who slips behind the red velvet rope at the glamorous nightclub that is VELVET as well as musical director and mix master Joe Accaria, alongside the legendary diva Marcia Hines.

Sandra Tiltman   Photos: John Pond

 

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THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

March 3, 2017

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London’s biggest comedy hit, “The Play That Goes Wrong”, is in its third sold out year and has recently enjoyed its 1,000th performance in the West End.

Now its Australia’s turn to enjoy this fun filled show featuring the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society which is attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does, as the accident prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call.

Described as Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off, “The Play That Goes Wrong” is currently making audiences laugh in Melbourne before touring to Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.

Written by Mischief Theatre members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, the play has won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, The Whatsonstage award for Best New Comedy and the Moliere Award in Paris for Best New Comedy.  An extended extract from the production was featured at the Royal Variety Performance in the UK and the follow-up play “Peter Pan Goes Wrong” has enjoyed two hugely successful West End runs as well as being filmed for TV and broadcast on BBC1 in England on New Year’s Eve, co-starring Poirot legend David Suchet.

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The cast includes former Neighbours star Brooke Satchwell, Darcy Brown, Francine Cain, Adam Dunn, Luke Joslin, George Kemp, Jordan Prosser, Nick Simpson-Deeks, Tammy Weller and James Marlowe.

When UK Director Mark Bell visited Australia recently to undertake auditions, he commented that he is looking forward to working with this ‘interesting’ and possibly incompetent bunch of would-be thespians. “If their auditions are anything to go by, this cast is going to be hopelessly hilarious and The Play will definitely Go Wrong.  I for one can’t wait to see this debacle unfold.

The production continues to run in London, Paris, Budapest and Rome as well as simultaneously touring the UK and soon to open on Broadway.

Melbourne: Currently playing at the Comedy Theatre, 240 Exhibition Street until 19 March.

Sydney: Opening 5 April 2017 at Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.

Sandra Tiltman