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Clare Cavanagh "Literally" at Melbourne International Comedy Festival

BY Laura Trenerry | 11-Mar-2019
Pocket-rocket character comedian Clare Cavanagh makes her Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut with a brand new solo show.
Venue: TIC Swanston
Address: Room 502, 37 Swanston St (The Nicholas Building), Melbourne
Date: 11-14th April, 18-21st April
Time: 7:45pm + 5pm on Saturdays
Ticket: $22-25
Buy / Ticket: https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2019/shows/clare-cavanagh-literally
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Clare Cavanagh
Clare Cavanagh
Credit Chloe Angelo
Directed by Bridie Connell (Tonightly; Whose Line is it Anyway? Australia), Literally is a hilarious look at people who care too much about stuff that doesn’t matter. Cavanagh combines her skills as an improviser and character performer, inviting the audience into an exuberant and kaleidoscopic world.

From a school captain with her sights set on revolution, to a doddery ex-spy with a penchant for scones; Cavanagh presents a horde of characters who are just trying A Bit Too Hard. Throw in far too many Black Eyed Peas references and some questionable dance moves, and prepare for an hour of unbridled energy and infectious optimism.

Described as “one to keep an eye out for” (This is Radelaide), Clare is one of Sydney’s most exciting emerging artists. Her debut solo show, Thrilled You’re Here!, was selected to be part of Sydney Comedy Festival’s 2018 FRESH Program, which features the best up and coming talent. Clare toured the show to Adelaide Fringe, Sydney Fringe and Sydney Comedy Festival, where Thrilled You’re Here! enjoyed a sold-out season.

Clare is part of explosive Sydney improv troupe Confetti Gun, who were invited to perform in the prestigious Del Close Marathon in New York City in 2017 and 2018. She has written for ABC Comedy’s Tonightly with Tom Ballard and is a member of the Improv Theatre Sydney faculty and ensemble. Clare was runner up in the 2017 Cranston Cup Grand Final and hosts Sydney University’s weekly Theatresports show. Clare has trained at Improv Theatre Sydney, New York City’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and Chicago’s Second City. In 2018, she was selected to be part of Tessa Waters’ (Fringe Wives Club) mentorship program.

Literally is a rejection of ironic detachment and instead celebrates teenage girls and being a bit too much.

“A wild ride from the start…funny and enthusiastic” ★★★★ – This is Radelaide

“Cavanagh really shone... her characters had nuance and depth” – Squirrel Comedy

“Terrific improvisation…snappy, warm and funny” – Sydney Arts Guide