Thursday, April 20 @ 8:00pm
Southbank Theatre, The Lawler
140 Southbank Blvd Southbank
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Book tickets @ http://southbanktheatre.com.au/magicsteven
Following a string of international shows and the commencement of a new monthly residency at Trades Hall, Magic Steven returns to The Lawler at Southbank Theatre with a brand new show, for three nights only. His unique approach to spoken word blends stand-up comedy, long-form beat poetry and autobiographical storytelling. Part of the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
This show will take place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations, for which sovereignty was never ceded, with respect to their Elders past and present, and in solidarity with the continued struggle for the rights of Aboriginal people.
Magic Steven is a Melbourne-based artist, whose work has been alternately described as autobiographical storytelling, deadpan comedy, guided meditation, group therapy and long-form beat poetry. He has performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Melbourne Fringe Festival, White Night, Liquid Architecture, the Inland Concert Series, Blindside Festival and MONA’s ‘Dark Mofo’ festival in Tasmania. Internationally he did some shows in Moscow, Berlin and London. His 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival show at the Lawler, at Southbank Theatre, is entitled ‘Note to Self.’
A night for the poetic sweepings of the inner north to degenerate into sleaze, vitriol, and confusion. And rise into revelation, liberating confession and poetic wisps of the sublime. A feast of clashing waters. All in a cozy artsy pup. No features, no list, no limits. Just put your hand up and come on up. Is your piece not really ready? It is for this gig.
The winner of The 2017 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize is Alan Pentland with his piece, ‘Darwin’s Human Race’ performed on Friday, December 1, 2017 at The Wheeler Centre.
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Alan was a teen poet qualified as an architect and became a comedian. He ran Melbourne’s first stand up club Le Joke and was a core member of the award-winning TV comedy Fast Forward. His written work has won awards at international film festivals and in business. A radio ad sold lots of hot water systems.
In 2016 Alan returned to his roots, writing and performing spoken word in small sweaty venues. It’s become an exciting journey in words and ideas. Alan struggles however with grammar rhymes badly, and has no, idea where, to put commas.