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"I'll never be an AFL star"
Premiering at Perth's FringeWorld, this sold out show hit Melbourne in July due to popular demand and rightly so as Maverick Newman brings to the stage a hilariously cracking performance that highlights some of the problems faced by gay people in the 21st century. A witty concoction of songs and vivacious monologue shapes Finding Felix to be one of the best shows to run in Melbourne's 2017 winter season.
Maverick Newman comes to Melbourne
Running from the 11th - 16th July at The Butterfly Club in Carson Place, the limited number of tickets meant that securing a couple of these elusive gems was merely a stroke of luck. The 5.30pm show was full to the brim in the cosy mini-theatre and for the next hour, rang with chuckles and guffaws.
Maverick's Melbourne Cabaret debut is the result of a performer moulded at the Music Theatre at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. After obtaining the 2015 Student Production Grant, his debut play 'The Dinner Table' savoured a sold out season in St. Kilda.
Finding Felix started off with a strident denouncement of Felix's apathy toward AFL which grew into cheeky lyrics that planted inappropriate rhymes in the audience's heads before steering into something completely unexpected. What a tease! Felix (Maverick) does not hold back on the profanity so expect a litany of curses to hit you (and you will like it).
Part of the wit of the show comes from taking the well-known and amalgamating Maverick's own content into it transforming a placid concept into something both shocking and refreshing such as the 7 stages of Gay. Skillful piano accompaniment only further augments the outrageous lyrics with appropriate fluctuations in tempo and density of sound. A superb juxtaposition of lyrical and rhythmic material ensures the listeners' tune into each sentence being uttered.
Trace the line of thought back from all the songs and you arrive at the crux of the message Finding Felix tries to communicate; it is difficult being gay in modern society due to social and political pressures. This is brought to light in a series of funny and lighthearted tunes, bringing us closer to his world - his world of satire, I mean.
There is no doubt that the final number of the night seems comically morbid but oddly, it allows the audience to see the harsh truth that transpires in other parts of the world, even if it is through rose-coloured glasses.
For a show overflowing with sass that tickles your funny bone, be sure to catch Maverick Newman in Finding Felix: A Memoir!