Born in Madeira, raised in Sydney, living in Melbourne and dreaming of Bali...
It's 10:00pm on a school night and I should be tucked away in bed (I'm trying not to think about my 8:30am start at Uni tomorrow...) - instead I'm standing in line with a giraffe and a penguin, outside a bookstore...
Apparently, we're waiting for the re-release of Mein Kampf - but we're not racist, or species-ist or any other -ist. Or are we?
Part of the 2018 Fringe Festival, Two Animals (that don't traditionally get along) is a charming 40-minute show that explores a range of topical and important issues, like racism, freedom, friendship and self-acceptance, in an endearing and witty way.
I love intimate live venues and here you'll get up close and personal with the two main characters - Frankie (nee Pingu) the penguin and Harold the giraffe (no relation to the much-loved Healthy Harold).
The pair finds themselves trapped together, as a sinister voice coming from the flickering light above taunts them. Unable to escape, the loveable pair are forced to look at their personal strengths and weaknesses, differences and similarities, before coming to the realisation that all we need is… Sorry, no spoilers here - you'll have to see it for yourself!
The dialogue is clever, funny and well written. It may even lead you to question your own identity and life choices a little? And I do wonder what it would be like to view our self-destructive and negative self-talk from the outside, like Harold does?!
In the end, you'll feel warm and fuzzy inside - I mean, who doesn't like giraffes (essentially the leggy supermodels of the animal kingdom) and penguins (with their cute Charlie Chaplin like waddles and waistcoats) right? But you'll also ask yourself… was any of it real? A wild dream? Or just the result of a dodgy burrito?
Tucked down a lane-way, a few easy steps from busy Swanston St, The Butterfly Club has a friendly, colourful and eclectic vibe. Pop in early to check it out and grab a drink at the bar, or if you want to keep with animal/ safari theme like I did – pop into Glamp bar just around the corner (I recommend the Pornstar Sunset cocktail!!)
So, gather all your animal loving friends, and check out this gorgeous show - it's running at 10:00pm every night for the next 3 nights!