MICF Mel Buttle

MICF: Mel Buttle – Dog Bitch

The title of Mel Buttle’s new show references the reaction of some dude in a pub to her love of canines. She wasn’t always this way though, and this offering (sort of) sketches out her journey from pooch sceptic to Dog B...
MICF Laid Natalie Palamides

MICF: Natalie Palamides – Laid

Laid is majestic anarchy. Whether audience or artist, Laid is compulsory viewing at this year’s comedy festival. Beyond superlatives, beyond the thesaurus, beyond any frame of reference that a show could be compared to, ...
STC Black is the New White - photo by Prudence Upton

Black is the New White

What a delightful breath of fresh air is playwright, Nakkiah Lui. Her writing is witty, perceptive, informative and deliciously entertaining; her characters, believable, charming and very funny. In Black is the New White...
MICF The Kagools Kula

MICF: The Kagools – Kula

Sometimes we all need a change of scene. English mime duo The Kagools have this in mind in their new show Kula. The result is a very funny expedition to the frontiers of physical comedy. Last in Melbourne with highly mem...
MICF Dead Men Tell No Jokes

MICF: Dead Men Tell No Jokes

The title of this parody of the Pirates of the Caribbean series – Dead Men Tell No Jokes – doesn’t tell the whole story; the living can have some problems too. These were sometimes technical; some players had...
Artefact Earnest James Cutler as Lady Bracknell

The Importance of Being Earnest

One of the qualities of good writing is its resilience. Despite the inadequacies of an abysmal production, good writing persists. So, when good writing is put in the hands of talented artists who know what they’re doing,...
Sean Patton - photo by Mindy Tucker

MICF: Sean Patton – Number One

In a programme of about 600 shows at MICF 2018, it helps to have a point of difference. Sean Patton has the hook of being from the ‘drunken voodoo pirate city’ of New Orleans. Given that upbringing, we might have expecte...
MICF DeAnne Smith

MICF: DeAnne Smith – Worth It

Just before the official start, Smith advised that Worth It wasn’t going to be about money, as the MICF guide indicated. Instead of being that show from the Canadian’s brain, this would be “the show from her heart”. I wa...