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Legends at The Butterfly Club

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
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Legendary performances in this clever comedy
Legends is an original comedy show currently playing at the Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne.

It's not the easiest of shows to critique because it is unlike pretty much anything I've seen before! It is a clever production, brought to life by director Harley Hefford and producer Carly Milroy who collaborated on Post/Post, one of the stand out shows at last year's Melbourne Fringe Festival.

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Atlas - difficult to eat a banana when you have the weight of the world on your shoulders! Pictured here are Elliot Roberts and Tom McLean (as Atlas).

The show involves a continuous series of sketches about a range of topics loosely connected with myths, legends and folklore. This is achieved with a minimalist set and minimum amount of props and costumes - including four chairs, a telephone, a santa beard, a hat and a banana! - which means the show relies largely on the skill of the performers to carry it through. Fortunately, they are indeed a skilled and versatile cast, capable of very successfully morphing into different characters and effecting gender changes in an instant.

Within the space of approximately one hour, you will see Hercules, Eurydice and 'Gary from Accounts', amongst others, rolled into one show.

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Cast members Carly Milroy and Elliot Roberts strut their stuff

The show features performances from Chris Chosich, Elliot Roberts, Carly Milroy and Tom McLean.

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Chris Chosich, one of the clever cast members in Legends

Director Harley Hefford explains the inspiration for the show: "We wanted to play with source material which was familiar to people but flexible enough to be bent out of shape in fun, strange and absurd ways."

Following in the footsteps of both classic sketch comedy like Monty Python, and new wave of narrative and recurring character sketch to come out of the United States like Portlandia and Tim and Eric, Hefford says he thinks despite the show's absurdity, there is a wide appeal: "Anyone of any age would be sure to enjoy the journey through people and stories! Definitely fans of sketch comedy, definitely fans of mythology and folklore and maybe even people who are fans of both."

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Oranges at quarter time - folkloric

Expect a fast-paced show sprinkled with clever comedy and sharp wit delivered by versatile actors. It's a show that had us chuckling pretty much the whole way through, with a few 'laugh out loud' moments along the way. It's a fun show to see.

The show is well suited to the Butterfly Club, where the small-format theatres mean the audience readily interacts with the performers.

Legends plays each night until Sunday 26th July 2015. Check the Butterfly Club website for show times. Tickets cost $32 (adults), $28 (concession) and can be bought online.

You'll find the Butterfly Club in Carson Place, off Little Collins Street (between Swanston & Elizabeth), Melbourne.
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Why? Fresh, fast-paced original comedy.
When: Performances every evening until Sunday 26th July 2015
Phone: (03) 9663 8107
Where: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne (off Lt Collins St, between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets)
Cost: Adults: $32, concession: $28
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