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Sydney Fringe 2012 - TOMMY BRADSON in Sweet Sixteen or The Birthday Party Massacre -

BY Geoff Sirmai | 08-Aug-2012
It’s sometime in the ‘60s… A pig roasts on the spit. Booze chills in the esky. Mum June is practicing her surprises. Dad Garry is drunk. And here’s Lula’s boyfriend Johnny. Lula will arrive any minute. Her friends and family wait with bated breath. There should be cake. There might be blood. There will be rock'n'roll.
Venue: Seymour Centre Reginald (Downstairs) Theatre
Ticket: $30 / $26 conc.
Web: www.sydneyfringe.com
Call: 9020 6980

Sydney Fringe 2012 Premiere - from 25 Sept, Seymour Centre "Reginald" Theatre

TOMMY BRADSON, down and dirty poet and provocateur presents the world premiere of his latest one-man hour of mayhem. Backed by a rockin' three-piece playing all sorts of old-school golden gems from Elvis, The Kinks, Gene Vincent & Wanda Jackson.

The show is set at Lula Whitlam's surprise sixteenth birthday party and takes placed in real time in the lounge and dining room of the Whitlam household. In Tommy’s inimitable style, he plays all roles in turn


In an hour of mayhem and good times, audiences wear party hats, blow up balloons, eat cake, dance and hang out with Tommy’s various personas onstage as he weaves a story or extraordinary absurdity and delight while preparing for the arrival of the guest of honour.

Says Tommy: “I am pulling out all the party tricks with this one! I’m gonna sing and joke and play and drag folks down with me. I’m gonna fill the stage with as many audience members as I can by the end of the show so it will be one great big party. A challenge? Sure as shit it is. That's why I am doing it.”

The music is a mix of ‘50s and ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll as well as Tommy’s eclectic and infamous originals, arranged and played by Melbourne music legend John Thorn with the same live band that featured in Keating the Musical.

Peripatetic but nominally Sydney-based, Tommy Bradson has swept all before him, winning a cult following at arts festivals from Adelaide to Edinburgh. Among his awards for When the Sex is Gone are Best Newcomer and Best Cabaret (Melbourne Fringe 2009), Innovation Award (Adelaide Fringe 2010), Time Out People’s Choice Award (Sydney Comedy Festival 2010); and for Pirate Rhapsody, Mermaid Requiem: Best Cabaret (Melbourne Fringe 2011), Award for Excellence (Sydney Fringe 2011) and Special Commendation (Adelaide Fringe 2011).

Sweet Sixteen - or the Birthday Party Massacre
Written and performed by Tommy Bradson
Arranged and accompanied by John Thorn
Seymour Centre Reginald (Downstairs) Theatre
Tues 25th to Sat 29th September at 9.30pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Tickets $30 / $26 conc. Preview Tues 25th Sept all tickets $20
Bookings www.sydneyfringe.com or call 9020 6980