A Melbournian who wonders as I wander. I have spent a lot of life colouring in moments and take great pleasure in creative expression of experience. Interested in Design, Art, Film, Photography, Painting and all things French.
Life in itself just is funny and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) consists of a whole lot of people who get this and want their audience to as well. Willem Richards asks in his show's title for an audience who likes to use a bit of imagination. He wants to take you into his life and highlight that in the ridiculousness of everyday moments, perhaps we should all just be laughing or crying, maybe a bit of both.
The Tickle Pit at Rozzi's is not at all the most obvious location but for a show about the everyday moment, perhaps it has meaning. In order to find this venue, you just think to yourself 'Now at what point of Swanston Street do I always see pizza and wonder if I'd like to eat it? Rozzi's Pizza is on the street side opposite from the Town Hall, up towards Collins Street. I still couldn't figure out if we were in the right place when we arrived but it would be the perfect spot for you to have dinner before an 8.30pm show. The venue made a lot of sense once the show started as it created a sense of casual relaxation. Like you were just sitting amongst friends, considering life. We clumped up some stairs into what seemed some sort of yoga class.
A lesson in meditation.
Willem is a very convincing Yoga Master, He does strike you as the type who may decide (or be asked to decide) to try yoga. There is actually quite a lot you can learn from this show and the yoga lesson makes meditation much more palatable than the discipline itself. It is Willem's clear vision through life's extraneous packaging that sparks humour. He extracts the wry edge of situations amidst showing how in a funny way he has still been able to work the merit of things like progressive relaxation into his life. In essence, his mind made so much sense and it is very enjoyable to watch his thoughts brought to life. Sound and some simple props are all you need to enter someone's psyche if they give you the key to the door.
The show has a common thread of trying to get to calm whilst being constantly interrupted, This is a theme surely everyone can relate to. There is so much in these short 50 minutes that despite being on the extreme end of therapy, you could use in your life to de-stress.
So if you are in need of some therapy, why not come to this show instead of a psychologist. You'll get the essence of the message for a cheaper price with much more animated demonstration of how to work out your life. Willem shows you just how funny everything we take so seriously can be.
The show starts at 8.30 pm. There is 'merchandise' available for purchase and it is full of surprising wisdom. You can catch Willem Wednesday to Sunday and tickets are $14-$22 dollars.
There are many shows on at the festival, so don't overlook this one. It's worth 50 minutes of your time. It is full of energy and inspiration and you learn how to use a new word.