Fringe Wives Club: Glittergrass

Published by: Laura Trenerry | 18-Feb-2019
'Three comedy goddesses' (Theatre People) return with an all-new champagne-fuelled sucker punch at Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Venue: The Coopers Malthouse
Address: 113 Sturt St, Southbank VIC 3006
Date: 28th March - 21st April
Time: Tues-Sat 9:45pm, Sunday 8:45pm. No show Mondays.
Ticket: $23-32
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Call: +61 3 9245 3788


Fresh from their sold out debut in London (Soho Theatre and the Southbank Centre) the all-singing, alldancing, all-fighting Fringe Wives Club are back in Oz for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. With an ALL NEW moonshine-fuelled sucker punch, these fierce femmes pay homage to the bad girls and dangerous women who strived for freedom and independence.

Glittergrass incorporates storytelling, slapstick comedy, Dolly-dazzling outfits and a killer soundtrack played entirely LIVE by the wives themselves on banjo, accordion, uke, mandolin, washboard, lagerphone, musical saw, kazoos, the spoons (and anything else they can rustle up) with the support of a junk band rhythm section. Using the framework of an old-time televised hootenanny, they reveal the "erased" women of past and present, examine which stories have been deemed worthy enough to survive, and question what we have done so far to change the future. Mixing original songs and femme pop anthems, they are all given the Glittergrass treatment, totally folked-up and recontextualised with humour and love as the Wives play us towards a brave and bold future.

This timely and uncompromising feminist call-to-arms is created and performed by physical comedy queen Tessa Waters (Winner: Best Comedy Weekly Award, Adelaide Fringe 2017, Womanz/Over Promises/Fully Sik), musical comedy powerhouse Victoria Falconer (Winner: London Cabaret Award 2015, EastEnd Cabaret/Yeti's Demon Dive Bar) and acclaimed comedian and storyteller Rowena Hutson (Winner: Most Outstanding Comedy Melbourne Fringe 2015, Strong Female Character) and this year will also feature Laura Frew (Double Denim / Director's Choice Award MICF 2018) and Sharnema Nougar (Two Little Dickheads).

For their first show Glittery Clittery: A CONsensual Party, Fringe Wives Club were in the top reviewed shows and WON the Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 as well as winning Best Cabaret at Adelaide Fringe in 2018, the Moosehead Award in 2017, and a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. They were also nominated for Best Cabaret at both Perth Fringe World and Melbourne Fringe in 2017, and Best Ensemble at the 2018 Green Room Awards.

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