BUTTERFLY CLUB THEATRE REVIEW: Surviving a Modern World

Recently graduated from the VCA, John Frankland and Stephanie Evison-Williams can be see in Surviving a Modern World currently at the Butterfly Club.
BUTTERFLY CLUB THEATRE REVIEW: Surviving a Modern World
Recently graduated from the VCA, John Frankland and Stephanie Evison-Williams are finding the real world, well, a little bit tough. And so, like all recent performing arts students should, they did the only sensible thing − they wrote a cabaret about it. And now you can see Surviving a Modern World currently at the Butterfly Club. Surviving a Modern World is really two short cabarets joined together, each performer operating mainly independently and performing a short show in their own right. Drawn together by the common theme of 'where do I go from here?, the two pieces allow each performer to show off and spill a little bit of their personality onto the stage. Cursed by a vague resemblance to two famous musicians, John Frankland has developed a quirky and insidious comedic style that leaves audiences in stitches. Coupled with an impressively powerful 'musical theatre'-style voice, John's piece is clever, witty and great to watch. An innovative approach to modern theatre and impressive use of 'props' make his performance laugh-out-loud funny and just a little groan-worthy. In contrast to her more 'together' stagemate, Stephanie Evison-Williams has a disjointed, slightly crazy style that makes her quirkily appealing to any person who has ever spilt food all down themselves on a date or declared their undying love for a celebrity. Rejoicing in her absurdity, Stephanie's wacky approach leads to some downright hilarious antics, including a brilliantly crafted dance with a heart-shaped pillow and a photograph. Closed nicely at the end with Monty Python's famous Universe Song, Surviving a Modern World is a fresh take on life outside of institutionalised education. Raw, a little unpolished, but always honest, this is great fun from new strong young voices in cabaret. Surviving A Modern World The Butterfly Club 12 March 2009 Friday 13 March 2009. 07:00 PM Saturday 14 March 2009. 07:00 PM Sunday 15 March 2009. 06:00 PM

David Allen

Friday 13 March, 2009

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