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Dating has never been so scarey
What do Singapore and Australia have in common? Shannan Lim! Shannan brings his bicultural perspective to the upstairs stage at The Butterfly Club with the hilarious horror comedy Salty playing until 30 July.

Salty, The Butterfly Club, Shannan Lim, Jayde Harding, Tye Norman
Shannan Lim

Salty brings three Asian horror myths to life with a comic twist which gives the horror so much more impact because it takes a moment to hit. Beginning with Toyol, the story of a stillborn baby kept in a jar, Lim then introduces us to Orang Minyak the oily man, and finished with a brilliant twist to the trope of women stalking men with the tale of Pontianak. Three separate horror stories connected brilliantly to keep you thinking long after the show has ended.

Lim gets help from his creative partners Jayde Harding and Tye Norman in this laugh-gasp fest. Harding partners up as the scheming woman desperate for babies in Pontiniak and Norman turns the scene changes into their very own live art installations!

Salty, The Butterfly Club, Shannan Lim, Jayde Harding, Tye Norman
Jayde Harding and Shannan Lim

Every so often you see a show which switches on a light bulb and for me that show was Salty. I am absolutely convinced that this style of presentation is exactly what Bertolt Brecht was referring to as he developed his concepts of gestures and dialectics.

I don't know how much of the performance style is pure artlessness and how much is deliberate craft, but either way it is genius and it is chock full of moments which are brilliant post-modernism or fortuitous irruptions of reality. Either way, it works!

Salty, The Butterfly Club, Shannan Lim, Jayde Harding, Tye Norman
Jayde Harding, Shannan Lim, and Tye Norman

From the very moment of entry to the final curtain we are on the journey of Shannan Lim the character and also Shannan Lim the actor and both work to clearly and effectively give a fantastic and unpretentious night of shared experience. The big question of the night is who is the real monster?

You will leave this show talking about it for hours afterwards with a huge smile on your face. You may also think twice before you ever go on another date!

4.5 Stars
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Why? Gasp and laugh your way through a night of horror comedy
When: 25 - 30 July 2017
Where: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne
Cost: From $25
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Sounds very interesting! Very different to the plays I've heard of, but I'm intrigued to see it :)
by Chloe Doyle (score: 3|1382) 1158 days ago
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