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Damian Callinan in 'Swing Man' - Melbourne International Comedy Festival

BY Wendy Trieu | 08-Mar-2016
Festival favourite and three time Barry Award nominee, Damian Callinan, returns to Melbourne International Comedy Festival with a brand new solo show, about taking (mid)life by the horns. Damian’s twelfth solo show Swing Ma’ debuts as part of Comedy Festival at The Coopers Malthouse from 24 March – 16 April, 2016. @micomfestival #melbournecomedy @melbcomedyfestival
Venue: The Coopers Malthouse
Date: 24 March - 16 April (not Mondays)
Time: 8.15pm (7.15pm Sundays)
Ticket: $21.50-$30.75
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Web: https://swingmandamiancallinan.wordpress.com
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Damian Callinan
Damian Callinan set himself one goal to achieve before he turned 50: learn to Swing Dance! Result: he owns professional dance shoes but he still can’t swing dance. As far as unfulfilled life goals go, it’s no modern day tragedy, but when you selectively narrow your life goals down to one thing and you don’t do it, it’s time for revision. What else has Damo left off his list of goals? Can he meet his revised target of learning to swing dance by 51? Are his dance shoes tax deductible?

'One of Australia's best character comedians' - Herald Sun

Callinan, a stalwart of the Australian comedy circuit, has enjoyed great success touring his recent solo offerings ‘The Lost WW1 Diary’ and ‘The Merger’ [currently in development to be made into feature film]. Damian returns to the dance floor following his previous dancetacular ‘The Cave To The Rave’ that earnt him the Edinburgh Foreign Exchange Award at MICF, but this time he’s taking his button braces up a notch.

Having set himself the task of learning an entire dance style from scratch in time for the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Callinan soon falls for the history, fashion and culture that is luring a new generation to the charms of vintage dance.

'Powerfully intelligent comedians like Callinan are rare... one of the country's best performers' - The Age

Damian’s refined talent as a character actor, his deft writing skills, insightful humour and surprising agility are brought together for this brand new comedy/dance/theatre hybrid. ‘Lindy hop’ on down to watch the award-winning comedian ‘Shag’ his way through his mid-life ‘Boogie Woogie’ crisis.

Follow Damian’s progress as he learns to Swing Dance on his blog: https://swingmandamiancallinan.wordpress.com