Fans of a good old-fashioned comedy whodunnit should put Incognito! at the top of their must-see list for 2020’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival. A play that effortlessly blends witty one-liners and farce in a dazzling satire of the detective genre.
Sacred Grooves for Secular Spaces will work with movement, gesture and symbolism drawn from the religious practice of the many people who now call Australia home.
Concrete E X P A N D E D considers the affects of colour, design, pattern and shape through works of geometric abstraction.
With a broadly appealing and charmingly observational style, Tahir embodies what it is to be an Australian. Of Turkish decent, his comedy celebrates the idiosyncratic quirks of living in a multicultural society, as well as the commonalities that bond us all together.
Award winning comedian Steph Tisdell (The Project, ABC, Triple J) is touring the Australian festival circuit with her brand new show Baby Beryl. Have you ever met a baby named Beryl in the last decade? Because Steph sure hasn’t! Names come in and out of fashion and Steph thinks that’s pretty weird. Would your life be different if you had a nickname? Even naming structures vary from country to country. So, really, what’s in a name?! Steph reckons we should find out. And that’s why you’re invited to come up on stage for an interview in this interactive and surreal show where stand-up meets chat show!
“Hey, you got an hour? Look, I’ve been doing a shit-ton of thinking about…us, and where we’re headed. This isn’t easy, but I need to be 100% Honest with you, even if what I say makes you laugh, very, very hard… You had better sit down for this…” Australia’s adopted son of comedy, Arj Barker returns with his brand-new show ‘We Need to Talk’.
Kitty Flanagan and Glenn Robbins take to the stage to discuss Kitty’s best-selling book, 488 Rules for Life. Appearing in a pair of comfortable armchairs, the duo will humorously dissect the acerbic reference book, creating an on-stage book club, where the audience don’t actually need to read the book. The show will address the dos and don’ts of modern day-to-day living, and the habits that disrupt the social equilibrium - with rules for language, food, dating, travel and more.
Colour is the commonality in their art and three individual approaches to viewing nature makes this upcoming exhibition like a rich gala performance. There is something to suit everybody. Three artists: Cecily Slade, Catherine Hamilton-Jones and Lin Stanton are joining forces once again and coming to The Redcliffe Peninsula during April and May 2020.
Born from the 2018 Documentary Always Amazing, Australian Joel Ozborn’s new show The Madman & Me is a comedic personal account of his relationship with genre defying and world- renowned comedy magician, The Amazing Johnathan. It is an explosive exploration of an utterly improbable friendship, and some highly outrageous comedy. The Madman & Me promises a marriage of narrative, humour and heart, while compounding a personal recount of Ozborn’s audacious exploits.
Award-winning and boundary obliterating comedy show, SH!T-FACED SHAKESPEARE returns to Australia to present an intoxicated interpretation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The play will be a traditional depiction of Hamlet, with one genuinely inebriated cast member, introduced to challenge the other actors to improvise and incorporate their drunken theatrics. With a different drunken actor for each show, required to start drinking four hours beforehand, Sh!t-Faced Shakespeare promises a unique, one-off experience for audiences.
Simon Taylor is bringing his new show Simon Taylor is a Super Funny Boy to the Australian festival circuit. Simon Taylor is a Super Funny Boy voices the struggles of his generation, as he tried to work out where he fits in a rapidly changing world. Aren’t we all?
12 zodiac animals are depicted in a collaboration between ten Japanese artists, 1 german and 1 italian artist.
Each artist has chosen one of the Jyunishi animals to depict in their chosen medium (acrylic on canvas or paper, watercolour, digital art, marker pen etc.).
NOTE: We have had to cancel our upcoming event "Endangered + Extinct" due to the new health recommendations relating to COVID19. Endangered + Extinct is an exhibition by Natalie Rosin which looks at why certain buildings generate so much love, controversy, social support and interest.
Fresh from the state finals of RAW Comedy, Melbourne’s favourite gay comedy power couple, Colwyn Buckland and Filip Lescaut are back with the third instalment of their sketch extravaganza, Woah, Alyssa! 3, premiering as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Woah, Alyssa! 2 was the smash hit of MICF 2019, and this year Col and Fil have taken their sketch game to a new level, working with director Mark Bonanno (of award winning comedy collective Aunty Donna) to fine tune their funnies.
Following a highly successful first season that saw D2 Productions donate a staggering $8.000 to Dementia Australia, they are delighted to present the musical, ‘Tell Me on a Sunday’ as the first production of their 2020 season.
NOTE: We have had to cancel our upcoming event "ADC Makers Market" due to the new health recommendations relating to COVID19.
Gelareh Pour’s Garden will feature an ensemble of talented musicians performing unique Iranian-Australian music at the historic Kew Court House on Saturday 21 March. Gelareh and her band will perform a contemporary blend of both old and new music for a night of blissfully diverse sounds.
One of Australia’s leading Latin music bands, Quarter Street will take audiences at Hawthorn Arts Centre back to the heart of classic salsa on Friday 3 April.
An Absurdist Cabaret Show *Melbourne Premiere*
After internationally touring their award-winning show TOUPÉ, Australia’s queens of character comedy return to Melbourne as three blokes with a dream. Daryl, Vinnie and Berrick are self-proclaimed thespians with mullets and mummy issues.