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The Three Deaths of Ebony Black - Review

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A charming puppetry adventure will leave you in stitches
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The Three Deaths of Ebony Black

Is it a musical, a comedy or puppetry? Its all of the above, an uplifting off-beat bizarre play about a not so spoken or celebrated topic, which we call death.

The Three Deaths of Ebony Black follows the life and death of a very ordinary, sweet old grandmother called Ebony Black with a not so extraordinary life. "The first Death is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time."

The 10 or so puppets are cleverly designed by Danny Miller. I couldn't stop thinking whether they where recycled coffee percolators. The audience experiences Ebony's deaths in a series of scenes that run through from the bizarre to the hilarious.

Written and presented by the talented Amberly Cull, a graduate from the VCA, it is extremely clever. Originally from Perth, Amberly has worked on a number of successful stage and screen productions. Robert Woods' accompanies the show with original music he composed, adding life and drama along with Amberly's vocals as she sings in character with such a powerful and expressive voice; at one point, you are drawn into the music as it overpowers the audience.

On such a small stage, this show gives a full-blown performance, with a few surprises in-between. So if you want to feel good about life and death then get out to see this charming eccentric puppetry adventure! It will do wonders to your soul ...
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Why? Off beat and bizarre combination of original puppetry, musical and theatre!
When: Mon 14 to Sat 19 May
Where: The Butterfly Club, Carson Place, off Little Collins St Melbourne Vic 3000
Cost: from $27 for members, $30 concession, $34 full ticket
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