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Damian Callinan: Swing Man at Adelaide Fringe 2018

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For fans of 80s references, swing music and alien abductions
Damian Callinan
Damian Callinan's Swing Man

Aliens, robots and... swing dance? Stand-up comic Damian Callinan takes us on a time travelling journey through partner dancing, YouTube tutorials and beginner classes.

Melbournian Callinan is known for his acting, comedy and radio work. Damian's award-winning comedy shows have taken him around the nation with stops in Dubbo New South Wales, Victoria's Hamilton and Tasmania's Brunie to name a few. His latest show, 'Swing Man', has made its way to the Adelaide Fringe.

The 'Swing Man' tells the story of Damian's troubled experiences with partner dancing starting as a teenager. At 17 years old, he was abducted by aliens fascinated with Lindy Hops and the Charlestons who set him on the path to learn how to swing dance by the time he is 51. Damian's dancing partner is a swing-dancing droid with a love for improv, Bunnings and Australian flora.

After one too many out-of-control instances of solo dancing at weddings, Damian is diagnosed with OTTDS: Over The Top Dance Syndrome. Later in life, his love for dance is reignited and he joins a beginners class of swing dancing, alongside his alien droid. We're introduced to the many characters that make up these classes demonstrating Callinan's flair for character comedy.

For an hour of dance, comedy and theatre, Callinan's dancefloor moves and perceptive humour will have you dancing and laughing in your seat, especially those with an affection for swing and 80's dance. His 'boogie woogie' mid-life crisis gives us all hope it's never too late to learn new things.
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Why? Alien references and 80s dance moves
When: 8pm, 16 - 18 March
Where: Empire Theatre, Royal Croquet Club
Cost: Adult $30, Concession $27
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