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Death of a Daulman - Melbourne Fringe

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Putting the fun into funeral
From the moment you are handed a funeral program as you enter the room, you know this isn't going to be your typical comedy show. Death of a Daulman is refreshingly original and a lot of fun.

Some people might wonder what people will say about them at their funeral. Comedian, Stuart Daulman has a different approach in this unique show where he acts out his entire funeral service, playing the roles of his own brother, safari-loving Granny, disgruntled soccer teammate, self-interested best friend and even his grateful goldfish (!) through tributes given with varying degrees of sincerity.

Displaying his breadth of accents and character performance skills, each 'speaker' brings their own perspective on the person that Stuart 'was' and some forget that aspect of it all together with hilarious results. By the end of the show, you kind of wish you got to know Stuart better throughout his life. Luckily you have the chance because, well, he's still alive.

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While Stuart Daulman is the only performer credited, the actor who plays the character of Pastor John is equally vital to the show's success. The more sombre and formal Pastor John serves as the 'straight man' to Daulman's characters as he keeps formal proceedings in order. The juxtaposition this character creates is one of the things that really makes the show.

Death of a Daulman received funding this year through the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's Moosehead grants for its innovation and creativity. Previous recipients have included Australian comedy superstars like Lano and Woodley, Dave O'Neil and Judith Lucy, so keep your eye on Stuart Daulman as I'm sure he'll continue to kick comedy goals.
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When: 7:15 / 8:15 pm
Where: The Jury Room at Courthouse Hotel - Cnr Errol & Queensberry Sts North Melbourne 3032
Cost: $22.50 $24.50
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