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Ramshackle & Kitsch - The Butterfly Club

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by Alexander Dance (subscribe)
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Ramshackle and Kitsch bills itself as the lovechild of Starsky and Hutch and Mighty Boosh. While that might be two fairly lofty touchpoints to set for yourself right from the start, and I don't know if it ever quite hits those heights, but it is certainly a lot of fun.

The plot runs as follows a hardened police veteran, Ramshackle is pulled out of retirement and paired up with green new recruit Kitsch to solve an important new case. And that's about all the synopsis that it is really possible to give, because most of the rest of the key details have come from audience suggestions written down on pieces of paper before the show.

My performance saw the cast work "the Victorian country town of Colac", "a typewriter" and "bodily fluids in supermarket samples" into their detective romp.

We were told early in the show was completely improvised though it wasn't completely clear what was meant by 'completely improvised'. Obviously, there were the pieces of paper but there was plenty of other elements of the show that seemed 'off-the-cuff' despite them not really having anything to do with the audience suggestions.

However, that's really just a minor quibble. Ramshackle and Kitsch is a pretty fun time.

It was pretty clear that the cast has a lot of time doing the show. There are some great set pieces that set the stage for a lot of silliness. There is a lot of corpsing from the cast but that is part of the fun. It also a pretty fantastic name for a show.

Tickets can be found here.
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When: 6 to 10 December
Where: Carson Place, Off Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: From $25
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