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Social media dating ghoster gets ghosted in comic theatre
Australia has talent and this is just one stellar performance that highlights all that talent from the writer to the director to the actors and even the stagehands. This show is a real collaboration that creates something shinning and supernatural.

Ghosted Appearing in a Theatre Soon
Ghosted Appearing in a Theatre Soon - All Photos by Tricia Ziemer


Do you believe in ghosts? After this new premiere show, you will want to. Ghosting is a term that popped into existence in 2011 to define relationships in our fast-paced social media. If things are not working in your new relationship, watch out - you may be "ghosted" or, in old English, dumped very quickly. You may or may not get a "thank you but no thank you" text. More possibly you will get total silence. No phone, no text, no Instagram, just a void. Well, most ghosts or spirits do not have a voice, so it makes some sort of second sense.

Kyle carks it after Ghosting Oliver
Kyle carks it after Ghosting Oliver


When my girls were little, having backseat car brawls, I would quickly remind them, "Don't forget girls, Silence is golden, but my gaffer tape is silver." It was a veiled threat, and funny, but it works.

Just as the concept behind this new stage performance works brilliantly. Comic Writer, Michael Thebridge, has taken the concept of ghosting to a comic high in his new show at Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran called, yes, you guessed, 'Ghosted'.

The comic twists begin to spiral up to the heavens in laughter as the story unfolds. It all starts with a internet organised first date which does not go well. The drop by date, Kyle, played by Jayden Popik, decides very early in the date to "ghost" Oliver. The broken-hearted but gorgeously sensitive Oliver, is played by Kostas Moutsoulas.

Heartbroken Oliver needs to get back out and date
Heartbroken Oliver needs to get back out and date


But what happens when the spirit of Karma sets eyes on you. Most of us accept that actions of good intent and good deeds contribute to good karma while bad intent and bad deeds contribute to bad karma. Karma has witnessed this tragic date and uses the force of metal on wheels to strike the blow. Kyle gets hit and carks it.

Kyle gets bored
Kyle gets bored


What happens when Kyle the Ghoster actually feels guilty for the rude dumping of another human with feelings? Well, it weights him down to earth. He is now in a viscous circle of being a real life ghost. How does he handle this? He doesn't! At first, he gets bored and creates havoc in Oliver's life. But then as he haunts and spends more and more time in Oliver's world, he starts to enjoy Oliver as a person.

I feel this is a subtle and clever message from writer Michael Thebridge that in this fast-paced world of social meet and greet, we do not give the time and true energy a relationship needs to mature. Might we truly ghost too quick and move on never truly getting to know people.

Unlike Kyle, you will not get bored as this play unfolds, the jokes, the innuendoes, the Melbourne flare, get funnier and funnier as the play moves along at good pace. These actors make this show hauntingly great.

Jordan is planning on PLAN D
Jordan is planning on PLAN D


Jordan, played by Holly Chadwick, Oliver's best girl mate, gives it all her spiritual nuance to try to help release Kyle the ghost to the after life, but to no avail. Her heart is in the right place, but not her spiritual skill. I must think, she is too earthly bound to television repeats and secretly enjoying Kyle's company to spook the spook away.

Spiritual guide or Karma
Spiritual guide or Karma


Luckily, Karma is still hanging around and sends Oliver a Medium Extradionare, Pauline, played by Lucinda Cowden.

Jordans plans aren't working
Jordans plans aren't working


Pauline has what it takes in everything, psychic every shape, every curve, every lascivious thought, except when it comes to technology. Lucinda plays this role brilliantly.

Pauline the medium comes to the rescue
Pauline the medium comes to the rescue


When Oliver actually meets a new heart throb, Will, played by Max Meaden things get icier. Kyle expands his supernatural powers to start to physically appear and meddle with the new romance.

New Heart Throb Will
New Heart Throb Will


With support from the rest of the excellent talent on stage and misty stagehands, the comedy just keeps wisping higher and higher. This two hour show is captivating and fun.
With direction by Gabrielle Reiher, this talented crew make merry and create a magic show.

Mystic Stage Hands
Mystic Stage Hands


Where ever it plays next, you will want to take mates, to enjoy this romp with the concepts of the life ever after. I was not sure about the makeup. The makeup for Karl was spot on to enhance his ghostly appearance. But I was not sure if the makeup was supposed to tie into the carton media effects with the show, or just to have them all ghosted, or too allude to Cats. Would love to hear others comments after you read this.

Something so simple did not stop the crowds on opening night, as the word was out, this was a wonderful show, and the place was packed out. I am disappointed it had such a short run.

Also, Chapel Off Chapel is a wonderfully welcoming venue, with quick efficient service. Put this theatre into your Facebook links. Every show at the venue is a ripper. I enjoy a drink which you do not have to guzzle, but can take and sip during the show,

Ghosted in running at Chapel Off Chapel for just the weekend, but do not despair, keep watching out at bootv.com.au.

Because, "The story's not over yet". Find out more at bootv.com.au".

Please be aware adult language is frequent, so if you are sensitive to such things, remember to bleep in your mind!

Sorry if there are too many ghostly puns, but the spirit moved me.
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Phone: Chapel off Chapel
Where: Chapel off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran
Cost: Free to $50
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