Hoping to build on the successes of the past two years, with its growing subscriber base, industry initiatives and award-winning productions, MTC Artistic Director, Brett Sheehy AO, addressed the media prior to the official Season 2018 Launch on Monday evening, promising us works that span a diverse range of genres, periods, playwrights and talent.
As emcees of the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Launch, Denise Scott & Judith Lucy aka Comedy Legends, held court – plonked onto a double bed sporting matronly night attire and espousing the merits of a bendy straw.
What “tests boundaries, explores horizons and is about having fun. Is for all people, all ages and all walks of life. Is made in Melbourne and defines our city?” According to seasoned Festival Director, Susan Provan, it’s the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. And it’s just turned 30.
The moon was large and low in the sky as we made our way out of the gardens. Shakespeare would have loved this, I thought.
When RENT opened in 1996 it tapped into a unique moment in the cultural zeitgeist. RENT was revolutionary in the way it approached the AIDS epidemic, addiction, poverty, sexuality and gender.