Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
I'm jetting off to sunny Bryon Bay tomorrow for a 3 night tour of Byron, Lismore and Currumbin with Cath Styles and 'Girls Night'. Killer line up of Lady funnies! booking details below.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
If the 'Young Ones' and 'Red Dwarf' had made sweet love and then gave birth that child would be 'Rented Space'; a comedy sci fi television series about a bunch of guys who rent a share-houseboat in space in the not so distant future.
I Produced and performed in the pilot episode for Rented Space, which has just been accepted into the International Television Festival in LA and the writer/director Kai Smythe (of Sextyime!) are flying over to pitch up a storm to the US market.
We leave next week and we are in a flurry of fundraising, packing, arranging 'lunches' (that's actually what happens, 'let's do lunch'...I feel like a pro) and trying to find the perfect outfit for the red carpet!
We are holding a fundraiser for the trip in Melbourne, this Wednesday the 27th of July. There will be holding 3 screenings of the pilot and we will be selling original artwork from the production for the Send Rented Space to LA Fundraiser at Loop Bar, Meyers Place.
If you're keen to support the project but can't make it to the screening you can buy a DONATE ticket and leave your contact details and we will send you a signed copy of the poster!
You can also pledge a tax deductible donation through the AbaF Cultural Fund here
(and thus ends the almighty 3month drought of blogging...wow that's the longest I've ever gone! I will be back shortly with the full update on what's been happening, but it may take some time to write it all down ;)
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Halfway through Tessa Waters’ latest offering Sexytime!, I thought I was going to be sick. Two glasses of savy blanc, combined with 30 minutes of non-stop laughter, left my head feeling lighter than a helium balloon (which, incidentally, will be extinct in 40 years when all the Earth’s helium is used up).
Relief was far from sight; from the curious opening flourishes of the Adam and Eve interpretive dance, to the smouldering gazes of the closing ‘morning after’ scenario, Tessa Waters (as Woman) and Kai Smythe (as Man) owned the petite Town Hall stage.
Everyone is sure to find some echo of their own ‘sexytimes’ in this extremely physical comedy, whether it be the jaunty goodbye scene following a one-night stand or the hip-bumping mating dance to Mr President’s Coco Jambo that preceeded it. My advice? Go easy on the pre-drinks; and don’t sit in the front row if men fondling their belly buttons turns you off.
Final word: Salacious
Date: Sat 26th Feb 2011
Source: Reviewed by Jacquie Lee for Rip It Up Mag
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Tessa and Kai obviously have a very close relationship off stage, for they often get quite intimate. Between sketches their on-stage interaction reminds me of Die Roten Punkte, with Tessa's Germanic accent sealing this impression. Kai does not speak at all but still manages to create a fabulous sleazy persona. Their flirting with the audience has a consequence that surprises everyone when a girl's dad kisses Kai on the cheek. He reacts perfectly by going all coy, yet strangely delighted.
The show itself is a neat 50 minutes of silent skits set to music, all about sex. They tend to involve a lot of mime and interpretive dance, so if these aren't your thing, you might want to find some stand-up. Still if you stayed you might be pleasantly surprised. Tessa and Kai are hilarious at what they do. I enjoyed the armed combat with cardboard ‘penis and boob’ shield vs cardboard ‘cross with Bible’ shield, played out to the overdramatic strains of O Fortuna from Carmina Burana. Appropriate music if you know it is a celebration of sex, gambling and drinking written by some very naughty monks.
Their final and longest sketch presented all the awkward horrors and delights of a first date that lasts 'til morning. Stripped back down to their undies, the sweet ending mirrors the opening sketch but with an appropriately happier, healthier outcome. Not all the sketches are as brilliant, but their kooky characters are able to pull it all off – so to speak – and keep the audience in fits.
Date of live review: Saturday 26th Feb, '11
Review by Lisa Clark for Chortle.com
Friday, January 21, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Premiering at the 2011 Adelaide Fringe at Adelaide Town Hall (Prince Alfred Room), Kai Smythe and I will be playing a full season of physical comedy fun times, cannot wait. We follow this by a two week season at the Tuxedo Cat for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. And then we send out the touring pitches to see who else is interested in it.
Contemplating a New York and Europe visit for 'How to be Lady' in late 2011. I'd like to rework and tighten a few bits and get the set properly designed to be tour ready. I'm still loving performing the show, I really didn't think I would still love it so much after all this time, but I find new things and love when the good bits work every time. You become so familiar with the material and it is such a pleasure to hit the jokes perfectly and see the reaction. It makes you wonder about the laws of comedy, somethings are just universally funny as in they get laughter every time, and some things really depend on the crowd.
2011 sees Rented Space the sci fi comedy television series I am producing with writer/director Kai Smythe go into the next stage of development. Now we have the pilot finished, we need to pull together the 'Bible' which is a document that outlines the entire universe of the series; the characters, the series outline, the story structure, the 'world' in which the characters exists and how they interact with it. Then we need to inspire an experienced producer who really connects with the story, the concept and us and who will be willing to work to get it pitch ready for the networks. This stage requires, patience and planning and a lot more hard work...bring it!
Something that's been sitting in the back of my head for a while is turning my 2006 clown ensemble show 'Baggage' into a children's book. I'd like to spend some time re-visiting this show, as I love the characters and the exploration of the concept of our emotional baggage and how we all need to let go to move forward. I also have a little idea called 'And then I met Lucy' which examines the concepts of growing up in a culture of fear. I'm really inspired by the books of Shaun Tan, Where the Wild Things Are, The Little Prince, and the beautiful work of Ghost Patrol..hmmm I would like a little hut by the beach to ponder on these for a while :)
The Great Depression Orchestra
Picture stumbling across a shanty town under a train bridge in the back streets of beyond. A small fire is burning weakly and the smell of a watery cabbage stew fills the air, a spider web of clothes lines, hanging sad old rags who have seen better days, is the background to a ramshackle junk band of hobos and tramps singing moving songs of longing, love, sorrow and escape from the 1930's depression era. The Great Depression Orchestra....coming soon.
I want to re-discover my voice this year. I have great memories of singing with other girls all the old Andrew Sisters classics and I plan to re-visit this in 2011. Sharp sassy outfits, quick comic quips and smooth three part harmonies...well at least that's the plan. A bit of fun with some fellow talented performers :)
Grants, donations, sponsorships, partnerships, lobbying, budgeting and yes even tax. In 2011 I am going to invest a significant time of each week to learning how to make and create the funds to do what inspires me. I am done with the day job, it's time to figure out how to create a balance with my work and creative life that sustains and feeds itself and grows and expands in line with what I have available to me and not from working myself into the ground and burning out every year.
I've been approached by a few fellow fringe artists to Direct shows in 2011, I'm excited by this idea and am really looking forward to hopefully bringing some inspiration to the collaborative experience.
On a personal level I will; create a home in which I love to be in every corner, cook delicious meals to nourish my body and spirit, host dinner parties, get fit and feel healthy, sing and perform with my voice, spend more time with those that I love, travel overseas and experience another culture, calm my mind and be happy...oh and dance lots...Whooo Happy New Year!!