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The Living Room at The Butterfly Club for The Melbourne Fringe

BY Gemma Soldati | 04-Sep-2019
These Accountants of Death work tirelessly to record the death toll. Confined to The Living Room, the occupational hazards wear on these two clowns as they learn the meaning of life and death.
Venue: The Butterfly Club
Address: Carson Place, Melbourne Vic 3000
Date: September 16th-22nd
Time: 8:30pm
Ticket: $28-$35
Buy / Ticket: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-living-room-tickets-66535604785
Web: https://thebutterflyclub.com/show/the-living-room
: https://www.facebook.com/events/2417450538532850
EMail: dhalidati@gmail.com
A comedy about death, conceived in grief, birthed by Amrita Dhaliwal & Gemma Soldati. “Dhaliwal and Soldati have hit their stride…The physical comedy is superb.” -Arts Beat LA. “Pick of the Fringe” of The Hollywood Fringe Festival—The Living Room, following a full run at Edinburgh’s Assembly Front Room, has just been added to Melbourne Fringe Festival at The Butterfly Club. The comedy runs the second week Sept 16-22nd at 8:30pm, Upstairs at The Butterfly Club.

Confined to The Living Room, these two Accountants of Death work tirelessly to record the death toll, while the occupational hazards wear on these two clowns as they learn the meaning of life and death. It makes for an absurd and physical jaunt brimming with audience interaction, existential phone calls, impaired dancing and the love of a goldfish. Developed at The Lyric Hyperion Theatre in Los Angeles, this show rides the very fine line between comedy and tragedy. Employing audience interaction, physical comedy and absurdist theatre techniques, this show leaves the audience laughing and crying and thrust out into the night to ponder it all.

About Amrita Dhaliwal

Currently, she can be seen performing regularly on stage and on screen and is an ensemble member of The Murge, which FLAUNT described as "…a comedy that is so far past stupid that it becomes nonsensically compelling." She also co-produces, writes and hosts the hit LA show, Indian Wedding, featured in LA Weekly as “Top 15 Things to do in LA” and Comedy Cake says “Go, go, go!”. She is currently the Managing Director and an instructor for the Idiot Workshop, founded by Cirque du Soleil’s, John Gilkey. Behind the scenes, Amrita recently directed Rag Head, a play about the increase in hate crimes against Sikh Americans post 9/11, and was featured in StageRaw’s “Top Ten”. And she was featured as an actor in the highly competitive and selective 2017 CBS Diversity Showcase. Amrita is a graduate of the School for Theatre Creators, a Lecoq based physical theater program. She has trained extensively in clown with Paola Coletto, Aitor Basauri, Philippe Gaulier and Clown School LA. Her traditional theatre training, from Black Box and Steppenwolf, focuses mostly on Meisner and viewpoints. And a true student at heart, she is a graduate of what seems like all the improv/sketch programs… including: Second City Chicago, iO Chicago, Annoyance, UCB and Groundlings. For more information about Amrita or her work, check out amritadhaliwal.com.

About Gemma Soldati

Performer, producer and teaching artist in Los Angeles, Gemma studied with The Idiot Workshop & John Gilkey. She was an ensemble member of The Murge, which LA Weekly described "Spontaneous Theater of the absurd...Lascivious, blasphemous and potentially dangerous...This could be LA’s craziest improv show." Additionally, she was an ensemble member in Invention of Language and The Simple Simples. She has studied with Philippe Gaulier, Aitor Basauri, Paola Coletto, Philip Burgers and Deanna Fleysher. She performs in Los Angeles and has produced/created the following shows: The Sleepover Show; the Cobbler; and Amateur Burlesque, which was featured in Comedy Bureau’s 2018 “100 Best Things in Comedy We Were Witness To In No Particular Order”). “The idea of a bunch of [clowns] doing burlesque might sound suspicious to you, but leave it to Gemma Soldati and many of the regular players of the Lyric Hyperion to bring a fresh, bizarre, surprising, and hysterical take on taking your clothes off comedically." – Comedy Bureau

“Masterful comic performances. Ab Fab meets death. The future of American comedy.” - Jessica Knappett

“A bit of Sartre’s No Exit...Dhaliwal and Soldati have hit their stride…The physical comedy is superb.” - Arts Beat LA

“A wonderful examination and celebration of life and death.” - The LAFPI

"Laughing the whole way through…transformative and hilarious” - Comedy Bureau

⭐⭐⭐⭐ "This Beckettian sequence of bits is exactly the kind of thing people should be making room for at the Fringe." - The Skinny

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Hilarity and poignancy merge” - The List

⭐⭐⭐⭐ "A prime example of the epitome of fringe shows" - The Wee Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Arrestingly unpredictable and entirely sure of itself” - Theatre Bubble ⭐⭐⭐⭐“I’m not sure anything can prepare you for the full-on attack that is American double act Amrita Dhaliwal and Gemma Soldati” - Everything Theatre

PICK OF THE FRINGE - Hollywood Fringe Festival 2019

The Living Room
Dates: Sept 16-22nd
Times: 8:30pm, 60min
Venue: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tickets: melbournefringe.com.au or call (03) 9660 9666
Web:Dhalidati.com TW:@gemmadati FB:@dhalidati IG:@TheLivingLivingRoom
For media enquiries contact: Gemma Soldati - Gemma.Soldati@gmail.com