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Consistency is Key: A Story of Redemption

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Perfectionism in a world of leotards, sequins and spray tan
Do you know your pointe from your poise? Morgan Dooley-Axup stars in Consistency is Key: A Story of Redemption on now at The Butterfly Club until Saturday 31 August. Book your tickets here.

Morgan has consistently come second her whole life. The world of Calisthenics is one of Perfection, Performance and Pizazz! In Calisthenics there is a specific criteria for a winning routine. With the help of her new coach, she is coming out of retirement one last time to ace the 'Cali-criteria' and finally win that career defining glass trophy! Will consistency be the key to success? Or will a risk be the final piece to completing the formula? Produced by Morgan Dooley-Axup Directed by Fiona Scott-Normon Accompanied by Peter Verhagen
Morgan Dooley-Axup in 'Consistency is Key: A Story of Redemption'

It's a tragic and common story. A young girl forced into a physical tradition handed down through the matriarchal line; callisthenics or 'cali' for the initiated. The 'sport' which teaches women to balance, point toes and be graceful.

Morgan aspires to be the number one 'Miss Graceful Girl', after a series of seconds. Her former Manager Amanda left her, and she has not recovered. So after a seven-year hiatus, Morgan returns to what she has always known 'callisthenics' determined to be the number one beauty queen before she turns 35.

Despite suffering anorexia, bulimia, horrific spray tans, sequins, and the cult of 'cali' Morgan goes back. It's the structure she knows and the elitism she desires - even though it's unlikely she will ever win - she's from a matriarch of 'cali' losers.

This is a cute show, and some of the moves Morgan pulls on the tiny Butterfly Club theatre stage definitely keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

It's a bittersweet​ story, with some beautiful songs which improve as the story develops and Morgan enters catharsis and the realisation that's there is much more to life than callisthenics​.

There's audience participation and a magnificent redemption moment which counteracts the drama of the tragically sad cultish world of this ballet-jazz-physical culture-gymnastics combination that has children and teenagers purging in toilet bowls across Australia.
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Why? Learn the art of throwing your legs over your head
When: 7.00 pm
Phone: 03 9663 8107
Where: The Butterfly Club, Carson Place, off Little Collins St (between Swanston & Elizabeth), Melbourne, Vic, 3000
Cost: $ 28.00 - $35.00
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