MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL: The Company title ‘Ilbijerri’ is a Woiwurrung word meaning ‘Coming Together for Ceremony’, but there was not much ceremony on stage last night, more a frantic lunge from one funny piece to another.
The Company title ‘Ilbijerri’ is a Woiwurrung word meaning ‘Coming Together for Ceremony’, but there was not much ceremony on stage last night, more a frantic lunge from one funny piece to another.
An early show, starting at 6pm, they still had a line formed on the stairs of the Town Hall. We raced in at the last minute, looking forward to viewing this Theatre Company for the first time.
Not knowing what to expect I was pleasantly surprised, the high energy sketches rollicked from one to the other, with nice linking pieces along the way.
Stereotypes run rampant through the show with no nod to political correctness, making some laughs a little uncomfortable for this viewer, who is used to a society where most of what you say has to be edited through a range of filters to make sure no offence is caused.
Over the hour I relaxed into the show and really enjoyed myself.
The two stand out performers for me where Lisa Maza and Melodie Reynolds. Melodie was really side splitting in her portrayal of a TV presenter on the edge. Mind you, Melodie should be good at portraying a TV presenter, she is a presenter on SBS’s ICAM
and ABC’s Message Stick
Lisa Maza was my personal favourite of the night though, with almost Dawn French elements to her performance. Lisa performed my favourite skit of the night, her solo song about everyday life as an Aboriginal, just hilarious.
There were also individual performances by Cy Fahey and Mia Stanford, both having won the Aunty Eleanor Harding Memorial Award at the 2009 Victorian Indigenous Performing Arts (VIPA) Awards and the Deadly Funny Stand up competition 2009 respectively.
Cy was obviously very nervous and could have benefited from slowing down his delivery slightly, but the content was good and I had a laugh. Mia was more confident and I feel both will be names to watch over the next few years around the traps.
All in all this is an enjoyable show, I would recommend you all go along, especially if you have not had much exposure to Indigenous culture in this country, only what the broadsheets choose to display.
This show could have been heavy handed with politics but was not, and managed to poke fun at all of us, Black or White or whatever breed we come from.
Ilbijerri Theatre Company Presents: Black Sheep - Glorious Baastards
Playing at the Town Hall - 25 March - 17 April
Part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Times - Tue-Sat 6pm (no show 2 & 3 Apr)
Duration - 55 minutes
What the stars mean?
- Five stars: Exceptional, unforgettable, a must see
- Four and a half stars: Excellent, definitely worth seeing
- Four stars: Accomplished and engrossing but not the best of its kind
- Three and a half stars: Good, clever, well made, but not brilliant
- Three stars: Solid, enjoyable, but unremarkable or flawed
- Two and half stars: Neither good nor bad, just adequate
- Two stars: Not without its moments, but ultimately unsuccessful
- One star: Awful, to be avoided
- Zero stars: Genuinely dreadful, bad on every level