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Public Transport: The Good, the Mad and the Ugly

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by Felicity (subscribe)
A Melbournian who wonders as I wander. I have spent a lot of life colouring in moments and take great pleasure in creative expression of experience. Interested in Design, Art, Film, Photography, Painting and all things French.
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People spend much of their time on route to their destination. Many consider this dead time but Marcus Flood was inspired to create a cabaret in these hours. He artfully brings the characters he has observed to his show 'Public Transport, The Good, The Mad and the Ugly.

Marcus Flood is an actor, singer and radio presenter whose quirky front covers an intelligent understanding of the nuances of life around him.

To be a public transport commuter is to hold a privileged position. As the name Myki suggests, you have admission to a club that has different unwritten rules and social mores across culture and country. In Melbourne, you keep your eyes down, phones in, and emanate an aura of protective self-space in a spaceless environment.

When people cross unspoken lines, eyes flicker past the activity, then back within to feigned disinterest. Marcus gives his audience a gold class Myki ticket. Admission to open your eyes to what is actually going on around you, and oh - there are other people here!

A ticket to Marcus' world vantage point is $30 general admission, $25 for a group of four. Usually, people take the train to an event, but this cabaret reveals how every train journey is a performance.

What to Expect

Step onto Marcus train. Life is compressed and this performance begs the question, why are we all purposefully ignoring each other?

To share a carriage can be to share an ordeal. On this ride are all the familiar characters. It is quite eye-opening how just a few changes of clothes and tone paint the variety of personalities milling around us into being.

Marcus gives comic insight with empathy as opposed to ridicule. The taste this performance leaves could be milled with laughter and sombre tears. Every thought expressed in word and song is a reflection a public transport user can relate to. The bottled up rant we all swallow is matched to music and expressed. What fizzes over crashes through the barriers commuters blow out to self-protect. You leave loosened, perhaps to take the train home with Marcus best wishes. I can guarantee your journey will be enriched after Marcus has opened your eyes to how to see more than yourself in the world.

The Venue

The MC Showroom is full of hidden treasures of which this is just one. A train with a bar and adequate space, if only Marcus world was every day's train journey.

The space is perfect for sound. Up a few stairs in[B] Clifton St, Prahran[/B] and all of a sudden you are on a train. Apart from the piano, a wonderful recorded voiceover of train announcements makes this world credible. The comedy/tragedy of what you are letting yourself in for when you step on a train.

Time is a commodity we often complain we have not much of. In most cases, we are in command of it but when you catch a train you are putting your control in the hands of uncertainty. Stepping into this performance you need to be warned you will similarly have no control over whose company you will be keeping. It is actually refreshing and cathartic to have the silent entities and presences you brush against in the train suddenly break into song. You get to hear the end and gist of stories you are constantly left wondering about.

I found 'The Stalker' song the most enjoyable, however, every composition was filled with wit and a deeper philosophical rumination over humanity.

Don't miss Marcus Train, with performances tonight and tomorrow at the MC Showroom 7.30pm - get your tickets before the doors close. There is much to be valued in the clever cabaret. it is enjoyable and eye-opening because it encourages us to better appreciate the world we are surrounded by and often mindlessly blinded to.
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Why? For contemplation
When: 7.30pm Friday, Saturday Night
Phone: 0422 514 636
Where: The MC Showroom, 1/48 Clifton St Prahran, 3141
Cost: $30 or $25 Group of four
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