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Love + Cordial at Adelaide Fringe - Interview with Marcel Blanch de Wilt

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Getting to know the man with the Love and Cordial
When you first meet Marcel and his wife Eleanor, you would think that they have it all - a beautiful relationship, some seriously gorgeous eyes (creepy or observant?), and in under 3 minutes, you'd think of them as being (what people nowadays would call) #couplegoals.

But, apparently, it hasn't always been all sunshine and buttercups with these two lovebirds, for there was once a speed bump in the relationship - one big enough to break them apart for a year!

Luckily for us all, the two are now back together, but this year apart undoubtedly presented with a significant amount of heartbreak for both parties. Marcel has now based his show "Love + Cordial" around this milestone and has brought to Adelaide Fringe a show that deals with topics that will give you the feels - in a lighthearted but sentimental sense.

Having attended a "Meet the Media" event hosted by Adelaide Fringe, it was the perfect opportunity to interact with some exceptionally talented individuals who are going to be a part of the Adelaide Fringe 2018 family. One such individual is Marcel Blanch de Wilt - a stand-up comedian who will be presenting his show Love Cordial in March.

I was fortunate enough to score an e-interview with Marcel and better understand what his show is all about - have a read of our exchange below:

Tema: Who is Marcel Blanch de Wilt? Are you from Adelaide / around Australia?
Marcel: I (Marcel) am originally from Adelaide, but I have spent the last three years in Sydney - just a small town boy living in a less-small town.

Marcel Blanch de Wilt (photo supplied by artist)

Tema: What made you get into comedy?
Marcel: I was attracted to stand-up comedy after doing loads of self-produced theatre at the Adelaide Fringe. It was such fun and a great learning experience. But, it was also difficult and
expensive. I discovered that stand-up was a great way to try an idea out on stage without getting a cast together and going through months of rehearsal. Now the only one complaining about not getting paid is me!

Tema: Are you a self-taught comedian or did you go to a school to learn the art of stand up comedy?
Marcel: Comedy is one of those things mostly learned on the scene and best learned from doing. You learn from watching others and best to be watched live. There are loads of workshops that can strengthen your comedy muscles, though. I have done improv, clowning and acting. I also did a course on how to cook authentic Thai, but I can't truthfully say if that's influenced any of my comedy. My pad kee moa on the other hand is off the chain!

Tema: Who is the story inspired by / based on?
Marcel: Love Cordial is about falling in love with my wife, then breaking up for a year, before falling in love all over again and getting married! I thought it would be an interesting thing to explore how that sort of thing happens. I decided to make it a stand-up show as the first version was an interpretive dance piece that just didn't resonate with audiences. Adelaide Festival loved it though! I just have to add three hours and include some Danish actors.

Tema: What is the story behind the name of the show?
Marcel: I wanted a title with intrigue. Love is pretty self-explanatory. The cordial part will have to be a surprise (but, if you listened to the audiobook of The Odyssey performed by Ian McKellan, you'll understand).

Tema: What is the basic idea of the show (without giving too much away)?
Marcel: It's a story-telling stand up show. Expect stories of costume parties, embarrassing dates, broken hearts and multiple times where I do something stupid. There was a car chase sequence but I had to cut it due to time constraints.

Tema: What do you hope your audience to feel and experience through the show?
Marcel: My main focus is to be funny. Everything else is a bonus. Hopefully, people come away with a bit of insight on relationships and how they're all different. The last thing I want to do is tell people how to think.

Marcel performing at The Producers at a past Adelaide Fringe event (photo supplied by artist)

Tema: What can people expect from attending your show?
Marcel: Silliness and references to cordial.

Tema: What inspired you to get involved with the Adelaide Fringe?
Marcel: Open access. No one was inviting me to do their festival. Also this is my tenth year putting shows on with the Adelaide Fringe, so I guess I've fallen in love with it. The audiences are lovely and honest. It's a relationship with ups and downs though (don't tell my wife)!

Tema: Have you been involved with other Fringe festivals / comedy festivals around Australia?
Marcel: I have performed at Melbourne Comedy Festival and Melbourne Fringe, and I will be taking this show to Sydney Comedy Festival.

Tema: Is there anything else that you'd like our readers to know about your show?
Marcel: That I'm not terrible at what I do? Here are some nice things people have said about me:
Marcel's comedy took up the whole stage with flare and cheeky mischief that had the audience barely able to catch their breath before the next laugh" - Newcastle Mirage
Blanch-De Wilt's childhood tales are not only laugh-out- loud funny, but told with great authenticity and heart. A great many thumbs up! ★★★★" - Great Scott
sharp, witty and full of heart. ★★★★" - Funny Tonne

This is certainly one of the shows at the Adelaide Fringe that I'm super excited about and cannot wait to see what it's all about. If you haven't had a chance to get tickets to any shows yet, I'd highly suggest you to jump on the website here and reserve some for yourself (it sounds like there's going to be lots of laughs and lots of feels).

The show will be running from March 3 - 18 at The Producers Bar on Grenfell Street.

Want to know more? Connect with Marcel's show on his social media channels:
Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

(photo supplied by artist)
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Why? Because who doesn't love a good comedy show that is inspired from personal events?
When: Adelaide Fringe season
Where: The Producers Bar, Grenfell Street
Cost: $10 - $16
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