A celebration of the here and now, with a soundtrack of the anthems that we all know and love, Ryan Good captures the intensity and emotion of the best rock concert you’ve ever been to, and turns it into huge scale experiential theatre in Stupid and Contagious as part of the 2016 Melbourne Fringe.
Stupid and Contagious takes you back to a time when the purchase of a new CD was an experience: the excitement, the ritual, the importance when you played if for the first time. Those days, we listened more closely, and we all wept when Kurt Cobain died. We saw it happen on our TVs as he played Where Did You Sleep Last Night and as Kurt Loder told us of his daily troubles.
Climb inside the band that defined what it meant to be a rock god, decode the machinery that makes the magic and head-bang in the aisles like your lumberjack shirt depends on it. Stupid and Contagious reminds us that all our most important musicians don’t live forever, but their music does.
Stupid and Contagious is an interactive show, the audience becomes the band and the music videos in an immersive, visual experience. Using the music and images of the iconic bands to which we’ve all rocked out, Ryan creates an epic musical performance for the whole audience to experience – like singing along songs at a festival, moments and musical performance that we get to experience but a few times in our life.
Ryan Good is an actor, writer, and director based in New Orleans. His previous solo show at the Adelaide Festival Fringe, Sex With Animals at the Garden of Unearthly Delights was nominated for a Best Comedy Award. He was an ensemble member of the Neo-Futurists, whose ever-changing show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind debuted at MICF to high critical acclaim in 2015. Good is also performing ménage and COSMONAUT at this year’s Melbourne Fringe.
Stupid and Contagious
Fringe Hub: Lithuanian Club – The Ballroom, 44 Errol Street, North Melbourne
Season: 24 September – 1 October 2016
Information and Bookings: www.melbournefringe.com.au