A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
The weather may be cold but the comedy's hot
Starting to feel the effects of the winter blues already? And it's only May? There is a sure fire cure to lift your spirits and get your soul pumping, and that is a visit to the most awesome small venue theatre in Melbourne - The Butterfly Club!
Tucked away down a laneway, only frequented by those in the know, The Butterfly Club not only hosts a wide range of shows six days a week - most with a comedy, cabaret and/or burlesque theme - it also has great cocktails (and other drinks) at reasonable prices, and arguably the most extensive collection of kitsch, curios and knick knacks in Australia.
Tickets for most of the shows max out at $32 (less for concession and groups), making it an affordable evening of entertainment.
If you need another reason to schedule a visit, take a look at the curated winter program that has just been announced. Billed by Butterfly Club director Simone Pulga as 'possibly the finest to date', the 12 new productions feature the quirky, the quaint, the queer, the queenly and (possibly) the quidditch.
Gillian English tells the story of how a drag queen literally stole her wedding dress (amongst other stories) in 'Drag Queen Stole My Dress'
First up, starting on Tuesday 6th June, is Drag Queen Stole My Dress. In this show by award-winning comic, actor and storyteller, Gillian English, you will not only start to question your sense of identity, you will also hear the tale of - yes - how a drag queen literally stole English's wedding dress. Click here to read more about the show, which runs until 11th June, and to buy tickets online.
Another unmissable show is Laura Davis: Cake in the Rain, which runs from 13th - 18th June. Davis gave a five minute stand-up routine to the gathered preview audience, and it's easy to see why she's won a host of awards, including the Comedy Channel Moosehead Award 2016 and the Melbourne Fringe Best Comedy 2015. Sharp and witty, her show promises to be an hour of biting comedy. Click here for more information and to buy tickets online.
Multi award winner Laura Davis - someone left her cake out in the... ocean
Another notable show this season is Salty, which plays from 25th - 30th July. Sounding decidedly quirky, Salty defines itself as 'a Singaporean horror-comedy in the style of The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horrors'. Presented by two-time Melbourne Fringe award-winner Shannan Lim, with Jayde Harding and Tye Norman, expect video projections and a truly bizarre sounding array of props. Click here for information and tickets.
Sounding a little 'out there', Salty is horror-comedy based on Singaporean legends
Last on the program is something a little magical - Completely Improvised Potter. Soothplayers, the talented improv group who brings you Completely Improvised Shakespeare, occasionally turns their hand to something else. In this case it's a completely improvised show based on a Harry Potter theme. The audience provides the show's title, and the Soothplayers run with it - and who knows where it will end up. Completely Improvised Potter is playing from 22nd - 27th August - click here for further information and tickets.
The magic of Potter coupled with the talent of the Soothsayers - winning combination
This is just a selection of the great shows on offer this winter, but please take the time to browse the program yourself.
As well as these featured shows, I can personally recommend the regular weekly offerings at The Butterfly Club, including Drawing Straws (burlesque life drawing) - each Tuesday at 7.30pm, and The Big Hoo Haa - each Friday at 8.00pm.
The Butterfly Club is located at 5 Carson Place, (off Little Collins Street), Melbourne. It's open every evening except Mondays.