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OFF THE AVENUE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS THE VIAGRA MONOLOGUES @ BLOOD MOON THEATRE KINGS CROSS

Heard any good dick jokes lately? I have, and some fairly average ones too, having just seen THE VIAGRA MONOLOGUES, a three-man show about men’s changing relationships with their crown jewels as they go through the journey of life from infancy to old age. In fact, for the best part of this hour-and-a-half show, it was ‘all hands on dick’, metaphorically at least.

Having said that, the show offered so much more. As a natural and obvious counterpoint to the hugely successful Vagina Monologues, Geraldine Brophy (yes, it was written by a woman) ventures where few have previously gone.

As she states in the program notes, men are not noted for being particularly forthcoming when discussing sexuality and intimacy unless it’s of ‘a fantastical nature’, but ‘parenthood, marriage, celibacy, puberty, and virginity are all complex things that influence human experience, for better or worse’. Continue reading OFF THE AVENUE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS THE VIAGRA MONOLOGUES @ BLOOD MOON THEATRE KINGS CROSS

A MAN WALKS INTO A BAR @ BLOOD MOON THEATRE KINGS CROSS

 

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Everyone loves a good title.  A MAN WALKED INTO A BAR has been comedy gold for generations and in Off the Avenue’s production of the same name, it’s truth in advertising.  The show is at Blood Moon Theatre at the World Bar and a man walks in.  A woman walks in.  A folk singer walks in.  A reviewer walks in. The audience walks in and there we all are in a bar.

This is  absurdist comedy with a weaving, convoluted series of male/female in-a-bar behaviours.  It’s an entertaining evening of non sequiturs, lots of character changes and some sweet little songs to top it off.

The script by New Zealander David Geary is a great fun in places and the stream of consciousness, word play and Monty Python-esque word association is a part of the charm of the production.  There were a few opening night nerves but it’s no mean feat to learn a text like this and the professionalism and the rehearsal that has gone into to the work is evident. Continue reading A MAN WALKS INTO A BAR @ BLOOD MOON THEATRE KINGS CROSS