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HEATHERS THE MUSICAL @ THE FACTORY THEATRE Marrickville

 

 

HEATHERS THE MUSICAL provides multiple insights into the bullying, assaults, intimidation, violence and gun ownership of American senior high school students at Westerberg High. Beautiful misfit loner Veronica Sawyer, is wonderfully played with great gusto by Julia Hyde, when she finally succeeds in joining the school’s elite and cliquey trio of beautiful young women, THE HEATHERS.

Veronica falls deeply in lust for Jason Dean (J.D.), played by Stuart Prime, the very dark, mysterious and dangerously sexy new bad boy at the school. Julia Sophie Liela is undeniably menacing as the elegant Queen Bitch, Heather Chandler.

Unremittingly entertaining musical with biting lyrics plus murder and mayhem galore, and is based on the cult 1988 Hollywood movie HEATHERS starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.

Directors Kyle Stephens and Liviu Monsted have wisely cast three very brightly voiced women as the Three Heathers. Thought-provoking teenage revenge musical contains frequent confronting adult themes and easily blends its enthralling young-adult drama with caustic sharp humour.

We finally meet the mean girls, these three bitches, Heather Duke, Heather McNamara and led by Heather Chandler. They are HEATHER I and II and III fully displayed in all their glory, hunting down all the nerds who are their easy prey, in the school jungle.

Mood enhancing lighting choices, and the intimate staging and brilliant set design were all exceptional. The realistic-looking dynamite bomb with timer, plus the explosion pyrotechnics helped make the evening extremely memorable. The young ensemble cast perfectly delivered Laurence O’Keefe’s and Kevin Murphy’s lyrics, with never-ending enthusiasm and intensity, making for an awe-inspiring great night out.

This is a bargain night out, as tickets are only $30 each, concession $25, plus booking fees.

Beautifully staged in an intimate theatre space, and with a superb young cast, this enthusiastic HEATHERS was magnificent and a very entertaining night out.          Continue reading HEATHERS THE MUSICAL @ THE FACTORY THEATRE Marrickville

ORBOTETSKI : A QUARTET OF SYDNEY’S BRIGHTEST IMPROVISERS

Great things come in fours: seasons, elements, the horsemen of the apocalypse and now Orbotetski–the all-star quartet of Sydney’s brightest young improvisers.

Larry Orkin (Or), Alex Boggie (Bo), Julien Perrottet (Tet) and John Brudreski (Ski) unite for Sydney Fringe Comedy on 30th August 2017 to perform a 50 minute entirely improvised show.

Steeped in the Chicago-style longform tradition, the improvised comedy will showcase Orbotetski’s unique brand of inspired ideas, fully realised characters and loads of heart.

Between them, Orbotetski have trained and performed at some of the finest improv schools around like iO and Second City in Chicago, Laugh Masters Academy, Improv Theatre Sydney and Impro Australia.

SHOW DETAILS:
The Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville, NSW 2204
Dates: Wed 30th August 2017, Fri 1st September 2017, Sun 3rd September 2017
Times: Wed 9.30pm, Fri 9.30pm, Sun 8.30pm
Tickets: $10

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A RAVE REVIEW FOR ‘REEFER MADNESS’ @ THE FACTORY THEATRE Marrickville

This was an astonishing juggernaut of great musical entertainment. It was full of catchy tunes with a young cast of pretty girls and handsome boys, always expounding the addictive dangers of the banned narcotic drug, known as the evil weed called Marijuana.

This was a delightful musical parody of the 1936 cult fake-news movie documentary. Concerned parents are lectured on the dangers of the new evil drug, Marijuana, that will turn all their virtuous teenagers into drug-addicted, sex-crazed, jazz music lovers, suffering from the munchies. Today on the cusp of global marijuana legalization and medical marijuana breakthroughs, and with the benefit of hindsight, this satirical musical provides hilarious hazy insights into our current political climate of  conservatism combined with bigotry. Continue reading A RAVE REVIEW FOR ‘REEFER MADNESS’ @ THE FACTORY THEATRE Marrickville

MATTY B – A BLUNT INSTRUMENT @ THE FACTORY THEATRE

Fresh off the plane from his success at the Melbourne Comedy Festival comes Matty B as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival.

Matty B’s somewhat confronting humour goes where other comedians fear to tread.

Despite the tough and extremely intimate venue – ‘The Container’ at the Factory Theatre, (literally a carpeted storage container with 50 chairs inside), he crossed the line but read his audience well and kept the laughs rolling.

Matty B has got it tough doing comedy in Sydney – he angles himself as a jobless waster on the fringe of the drug scene, yet the type of people who can pay Sydney ticket prices and go out to the theatre on a rainy Friday aren’t from that ‘tax bracket’  our group were all professionals. Continue reading MATTY B – A BLUNT INSTRUMENT @ THE FACTORY THEATRE

FACES THE MUSICAL @ THE FUSE BOX, FACTORY THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

 

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FACES THE MUSICAL tells the story of five young people, searching for ways to improve their world, interlinked with a second storyline related to the history of one of their grandfathers.

Four friends, Mia (Bethany Taylor), Yin (Soohan Jennifer Yoo), Farid (Eamon Moses), and Rya (Ethan Taylor) come to help their friend Ethan (Adam Bowes) sort through Ethan’s dead grandfather’s things in the attic of the family home. Ethan is searching in particular for his grandfather Arthur’s (Nicholas Gledhill) penny whistle, which he remembers from his childhood, but in the search the friends find far much more than just the penny whistle.

Their lives will change forever because on this stormy Saturday night they will all  be embarking on journeys of self-discovery, aided and abetted by the ghostly spirit of Arthur.

As they search for the penny whistle scenes from different times and places allow the characters to explore their beliefs and desires for a better world. In the end a secret which has been kept for forty years is revealed, and melds the themes of injustice in the grandfather’s past with the injustices faced in the present day by the group.

FACES is part mystery, part comedy and part exploration of themes of justice and hope. The tunes are bright, the lyrics of the songs inspired. The play’s world is brought to life by a talented cast, well supported by a strong ensemble. Perhaps there was a little too much of the “soap box” in a couple of scenes, but this new and youthful Australian musical, delivered an upbeat entertaining experience.

FACES THE MUSICAL has clever choreography that rises above, to become more than just the music, and often caused laughter with uncontrollable goosebumps, making for a genuinely fun theatrical experience.

FACES is a new and youthful Australian musical, and delivered an upbeat entertaining experience, with a cast of fresh voices many with an impressive voice range and excellent  voice control.

Duration 120 minutes, including one interval.

Directed by Kyle Stephens
Music Directed by Kailesh Reitmans
Choreographed by Natasha Window
Set Design Riley Cope
Fill in Musical Director Andrew Freeborn

Book by Carmelita Lees
Songs by: Carmelita Lees, Jim Shipstone, John Roy & Stewart Peters
Script Consultant: Isaac Owen

Cast:-
Nicholas Gledhill ………….Arther Fielding
Adam Bowes ………………..Ethan Fielding
Bethany Taylor …………….Mia
Soohan Jennifer Yoo ………..Yin
Eamon Moses ……………….Farid
Ethan Taylor ………………Ryan
Sammy Jayne ……………….Leah Feilding
Jessie Baker ………………Miriam/ Ensemble
Sasha Cole ………………..Refugee boy/Ensemble
Bea Low …………………..PA/Ensemble
Kyle Stephens ……………..Toms Boss/Ensemble
Mitch Thornton …………….Ensemble
Maselina Metcalf …………..Lilly

Band
Kailesh Reitmans ……………..Keys/Musical Director
Noa Kidd …………………….Guitar
Edward Hampton ……………….Bass
Amy Graham …………………..Flute/Sax/Tin whistle
Trish Daviszz ………………..Reed
Jason Murray …………………Drums

FACES THE  MUSICAL played the Fuse Box at the Factory Theatre between the 11th and the 23rd October 2016.

 

 

MATTY B FLANNO WORRIES @ THE FACTORY THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

 

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THIS IS NOT JUST A COMEDY SHOW, expect to enjoy laugh applaud, this amazing alternative art stand-up comedy narrative expertly performed by comedian Matty B, with very coarse language storytelling filled with humour, that is both narrated and sung, including perfectly-matched bogan live music.

Meet Neville Peters who is a struggling man, down on his luck, ready to say goodbye to life, until his assigned Bogan Angel saves him and immediately sends him forth on a ludicrous and absurd journey from riches to rags.

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iAmSeizure.com presents SEIZURE KAISER in Trigger (word) Happy

 

This is the funniest comedy show this year at the Sydney Comedy Festival, and every night SEIZURE KAISER delivers fresh comedy material that is uncensored and almost one hundred percent funny, with a ton of killer gags that keep on coming. The whole audience was fabulous on the night of the show and was laughing continuously, easily adding to the mood and allowed the show to go into previously unexplored territory. You are vividly taken on his comedy journey to ultimately discover that SEIZURE KAISER “with humour, removes all the power of trigger words”.

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JETPACK PRESENTS: COMEDY AGAINST HUMANITY @ Factory Theatre

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Some of Sydney’s best, fastest, and funniest performers use the cult board game hit Cards Against Humanity as the basis for ________.

“Not contributing to society in any meaningful way”
“An awesome improvised comedy show”
“A micropig wearing a tiny raincoat and booties”

Featuring Jim Fishwick, Maddie Parker, Robert Boddington, Jane Watt, Bryce Halliday, and special guests!

8, 9, and 11 September at the Factory Theatre, at 9.30pm.

Tickets $15 Full, $10 Concession, plus booking fees. Book now at bit.do/ComedyAgainstHumanity

Presented by Jetpack Theatre Collective as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival, neither of whom have any affiliation with the makers of Cards Against Humanity.

Directed by Jim Fishwick, and produced by Kendra Murphy.

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Kill Tony Abbott to play Sydney Fringe Comedy Festival in September

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Dominica Duckworth is presenting her new stand-up comedy show  KILL TONY ABBOTT (a stand up show, not a suggestion!) as part of this year’s Sydney Fringe Comedy Festival.

In a colourful and varied career so far Dominica has performed with the Australian Theatre For Young People, participated in the Caravan Slam, is a former Raw Comedy heats finalist and currently holds a day job as a high school English teacher.

Dominica describes her show as an hour of lefty stand-up and which she claims is guaranteed to make us laugh about how guilty and alienated we have become! Continue reading Kill Tony Abbott to play Sydney Fringe Comedy Festival in September

It’s War @ The Factory Theatre

IT’S WAR is a very funny, if completely politically incorrect satire about two neighbouring couples whose friendship turns sour when one pair decide to do backyard extensions. Shane and his Vietnamese wife Ngoc Bich keep their plans under wraps until it is too late, and when Soula and Pandelis find out about the new verandah, they are furious.

IT’S WAR is about coping with neighbours from hell and shifting allegiances in a landscape that is constantly shifting. Initially both couples are united in friendship and their battles against Mona, a leopard-skin clad stirrer on the street who drops in to gossip and boss the others around.      Continue reading It’s War @ The Factory Theatre

Seizure Kaiser Is GUTLESS @ The Factory Theatre

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Seizure Kaiser’s sold-out smash hit from the 2014 Sydney Fringe, his sarcastic and cynical show GUTLESS about being a cancer survivor, was critically acclaimed and he has now brought it back as part of the current 11th Sydney Comedy Festival.

Seizure Kaiser is still enjoying his fortunate life as a cancer survivor, and now delivers his latest maniacal comedy routine with a twist, encompassing the hilariously dark and completely true story of his dangerous high risk lifestyle during his twenties. Continue reading Seizure Kaiser Is GUTLESS @ The Factory Theatre

IT’S RUBEEEEEE!! IN LIGHTS @ The Matchbox Theatre

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Rubee Sookee is a big funny girl, on stage again with her new fourty-five minute stand-up sketch comedy show, part of the 11th Sydney Comedy Festival.

It  was a sold out opening night performance, featuring a constant flow of clever and very funny short comedy scenes, keeping the audience laughing throughout. The comedy was interspersed with her cleverly choreographed dance routines, with inspired help from her forever loyal back up dancer, Levi.

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PLAYTHING

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How often do you see a funny existential play that examines the reason and nature of theatre, life, death, meaning and the sheer randomness of the universe?

A man, played impressively by Heath Ivey-Law, walks into a comfortable middle class lounge room, mistaking it for a toilet, sees the audience and is embarrassed. He attempts to go back out of the room but the door will not open. He unsuccessfully tries the doors on the other two walls which only leaves the invisible fourth wall. After some deliberately predictable miming the fourth wall does turn out to be impenetrable. The man is joined by a woman, played with confidence and humour by Jodine Muir, who mistakes the room for a toilet and similarly cannot escape the room. As they can see the audience they begin to wonder if they may be in a play. Neither character can remember anything prior to entering the room. In a profound and revealing question the woman asks, “Perhaps I didn’t exist before I walked on stage?”

The actors discuss the motivation and philosophies of the playwright, Simon Dodd, from various perspectives. The masculine and feminine perspectives are explored, and in this case the man is the more philosophical and cerebral character, whereas the woman is much more practical and grounded in this world. Plaything directly questions the relationships between playwrights, the actors, critics and the audience. Does the audience come for escapism, philosophical musings or for a challenging and thoughtful evening?

Plaything contains many theatre jokes and references. The actors attempt to work out what the next plot point could be and try to trigger events by calling out cues. Peter Adams performs well in his brief role and is one of these critical plot points. The young couple are joined on stage by an older couple, played with elegant and appropriate ham acting by Richard Cotter and Tricia Youlden, which gives the play another level of dynamism and an opportunity to explore youth, optimism and exuberance and to compare these attributes with experience, wisdom and the jaded acceptance of ones fate.

Simon Dodd’s PLAYTHING manages to be entertaining and philosophical whilst cleverly exploring why playwrights write, actors act and audiences go to the theatre.

PLAYTHING was performed at Factory Theatre, Marrickville as part of this years’  Sydney Comedy Festival.

CRANSTON CUP- HEAT 2

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Theatresports’s  Cranston Cup, where Australia’s ultimate comedy teams battle against each other, and the best of the best. quickest, wittiest ad-libbers and comic improvisers put their inspired imagination, spontaneous wit and hilarious courage to their audience each week to get their team to the finals on 30th November 2013, and to reign supreme with the biggest, and most highly prized comedy trophy in Australia.

The teams all go a four full rounds with the audience constantly laughing at all the insanity of the improvisations.

This week saw twenty plus sets of improvised mayhem, including The Sims trapped inside a coffin, the strangest Star Trek adventure, love gone wrong, Jane Austen’s pregnant heroine, Russian hand puppet press conference, a first date night.

This was great entertainment and a closely fought battle all night with The Bridie Of FrankenSteen winning the evening.

Heat 2 of Theatresports Cranston Cup played the Factory  Theatre, 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville on Sunday 6th October. David Callan hosted the night and the teams appearing were:

* The Bridie Of FrankenSteen – Bridie Connell & Steen Raskopoulos

* Yay! It’s Jon Williams & Friends! – Steve Lynch, Patrick Magee, Lisa Ricketts & Jon Williams

* The Ephemeral Arteries – Ewan Campbell & Michael Gregory

* The Sims – Jim Fishwick & Sam Jenkins

* ColeTrain – Anneli Cole & James Colley

* Mantaur – Rob Johnson & Harry Milas

The final Cranston Cup heats are to be played out on October  13 and Oct 27 at the Factory Theatre followed by two semi finals. The Theatresports 2013 Cranston Cup Grand Final is to take place at 8pm on 30th November, 2013 at the Enmore Theatre.