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Two Man Tarantino
Emily Kristopher & Stephen Hirst - Photo courtesy of Kath Rose & Associates
At the end of every year the Wonderland Festival held at The Powerhouse, brings us a taste of the weird and wonderful. Sometimes the standout is a unique burlesque show, a circus piece or an amazing musician. This year, Brisbane was privy to 60 minutes of creative brilliance in the form of a side-splitting comedy called Two Man Tarantino written by Christopher Wayne (co-creator of The Naked Magicians) and directed by Maureen Bowra.

The play paid tribute not only to the cult film mastermind that is Quinten Tarantino but also to the fading era of the video store.

We all know that 'Video Killed the Radio Star' but the likes of Netflix and other streaming services are hugely to blame for the death of our favourite childhood trips to the video store. The memory might play back in black and white because it seems so long ago, but the feeling will return just as vividly now as it was then, because there was nothing more exciting than heading out to the video store. You would fight with your siblings over whose turn it was to pick the weekly movie. Oh and video store snacks, they just tasted better than from the local corner store.

Wayne wisely tapped into that childhood joy and created a hugely relatable comedy. The video store owner, played by Stephen Hirst [/B,]is preparing to close down his store. His last customer, played by comedian [B]Emily Kristopher, stops by to farewell the only person she has felt a connection with during her short stay in town. It isn't long before a challenge is set and a hilariously intense game of 'Who is the biggest Tarantino Fan' commences. The play runs fast and wild, the script is perfection with lines and scenes from Reservoir Dogs to Hateful Eight and everything in between. Two Man Tarantino is delivered seamlessly over 60 minutes by Hirst and Kristopher. Watching them re-enact every iconic Tarantino scene had the entire audience smiling from ear to ear when they weren't doubled over laughing.

I expect to see Kristopher with her own TV sitcom in the near future, her comedic timing and talent for physical comedy is indeed rare and just fun to watch. Hirst kept up and brought his own kind of magic out to play. The dynamic or energy between the two is a testament to great casting.

I love Wayne's choice to shine a light on Tarantino. Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction will forever be in my list of favourite cult classics. Tarantino films have everything. They are dark, witty and kind of twisted, but behind the laughs, gore and adventure there is always great storytelling and not a lot of people can do that.

"Once described as a video store punk with an overly voracious appetite for pop culture, he is now acknowledged as one of the most exciting filmmakers in the world, with an incredible wit and mastery over the black noir genre, character development and storytelling, backed by killer soundtracks and serious twists. He creates gobsmacking content, and that's why Two Man Tarantino was created to pay homage to the master while also lamenting the day that video stores died." said Wayne.

This show to me was essentially all of us geeking out over our favourite movie, show, musician or fictional character. The Wonderland Festival is over for the year but I hope this gets you excited for next year. This is the kind of show you can expect to see at The Powerhouse. It was a cracker of a show!

NOTEWORTHY: You can catch Emily and Stephen currently at the Powerhouse in 'A Very Naughty Christmas, The second coming' Basically the opposite of Carols by Candlelight. #dontbringthekids

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Why? Every Tarantino Movie Ever
Phone: 07 3358 8600
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse - Wonderland Festival
Cost: $35-$40
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