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Soap at the Malthouse-bathtime will never be the same again
Anyone who has slipped in the bath knows it can be a dangerous place. Try telling that to the crazy acrobats in this bathroom-based extravaganza. Not only do they pole vault over bathtubs, they leave soap lying around just anywhere. To the accompaniment of more bath-themed songs than you could shake a loofah at, this band of toned thrill-seekers provides 80 minutes of non-stop entertainment in Malthouse's Merlyn Theatre over the three weeks of the Melbourne International Comedy festival.
Soprano Jennifer Lindshield is a glamorous ringmaster with a phenomenal voice who takes shameless liberties with lyrics from Beethoven to the Beatles. The acrobatics are literally and figuratively breath-taking, and the antics of the geek girl clown are just the right mix of Marcel Marceau, cheap laughs and scene-change diversion. Why bathtubs, you ask? Turns out they are remarkably versatile, portable and provide lots of wet t-shirt opportunities if you like that kind of thing. Speaking of which, some of the content is a little risqué but it didn't seem to faze the teenagers in the audience. And apart from two (briefly) bare bottoms, the performers were for the most part clothed in what looked like family-friendly Bonds full briefs.
Adding to the festivities at Malthouse during Comedy Festival time is the pop-up outdoor bar festooned with fairy lights. Nothing says party better then garlands of coloured lights. Every night is party night at Malthouse during Comedy Festival time, and Soap is fun of the cleanest kind.