Charitable and hysterical: our Australian experiences of 2018…

Basil (Luke McGibney) and Sybil (Rhian McLean) collecting for Clown Doctors for the first time at Fringe World PerthThe calendar year has only just broken into its fourth month of the 18th year of this millennium, yet the 21-year-old Faulty Towers The Dining Experience has already wowed audiences across the world’s sixth largest country. In 55 performances and counting, the show has covered four states, two of the world’s largest arts festivals, and arguably Australia’s most recognisable institution – Sydney Opera House… and of course you can check out where we’re appearing next on our website.

 

Importantly, after all of our performances at Fringe World Perth, Adelaide Festival Fringe and Sydney Opera House, we collected for our new official charity in Australia, Clown Doctors (read more). Through the generosity of our wonderful audiences and the kind support of our venues, Manuel and the Faultys have raised over $12,000 for the charity – with more collections scheduled to take place during Melbourne International Comedy Festival and beyond.

Fringe World Perth

Starting the year in Western Australia, before gradually heading east, the show opened for the seventh year at Fringe World Perth – and our seventh year at Rigby’s Bar & Bistro. Once again crowds flocked to see the terrible trio in familiar surrounds – this year in the capable hands of Luke McGibney (Basil) and Rhian McLean (Sybil), both over from the UK, alongside Geoffrey Reczek as Manuel.

The show is a long-standing success here – it’s been at the Fringe every year since it began and we’re always greeted warmly by the city. This year the people of Perth were especially warm: for our inaugural collections for Clown Doctors, they donated just shy of $2,900 – vital funds to change the lives of children undergoing lengthy stays in hospitals.

Here are some snippets of reviews from our three-week run…

“The actors remain flawlessly in character” – The Music

“The laughs flow freely throughout” – Fringefeed

“Filled with laughs, mayhem and madness […] had the audience in stitches” – Have a Go News

Adelaide Fringe

Luke & Rhian’s Australian experience continued as they flew over to the second largest arts festival in the world: Adelaide Festival Fringe! Here they were joined by stalwart Aussie actor Anthony Sottile (Manuel) in a return to the wonderful Strathmore Hotel.

For this, our 11th Adelaide Fringe, we again had a host of sold-out shows and an almost clean sweep of five star reviews! The show picked up a total of 26 stars out of a possible 25 from our critics… In addition to their love for the show, audiences showed their love for Clown Doctors by donating a whopping $6,736.80!!!

“Sets off the laugh-factor at high wattage from the very start” – GlamAdelaide

“Leaves you bursting in laughter” – The Advertiser

“You will not be disappointed” – Auscast Network

“It’s utterly marvellous” – Broadway Baby

“In fact, 5 stars doesn’t seem like enough. Can I give this more stars? 7 out of 5 stars!” – All Over Adelaide

Sydney Opera House

Following on from Adelaide, the team moved to Sydney and a return to the Opera House where we debuted six years ago… and we sold out again!

Luke & Rhian were joined here by Andy Foreman – our original Manuel from over two decades ago! Sydney brought many special moments (and what a venue in which to have them!) including Rhian’s birthday – remarkably, Basil arranged for a birthday cake to be presented during a show, defying all common conceptions about his emotional temperament! Our fundraising endeavours were further strengthened by Andy Foreman’s presence – he is a Clown Doctor himself and has been charming children in his ‘Dr 2 Shoes’ persona since 2010, so he was delighted to present the charity to audiences as Manuel. All in all, our audiences from Australia’s most populous city kindly donated over £2,500! We look to be back same time, same place next year…

“The comic timing of the three actors is to perfection” – The Holiday and Travel Magazine 

There’s more to come…

Having attained such fantastic reviews and delighted so many audiences in the last few months, we just can’t wait for what else this year has in store! Heading away from Sydney, April brings a few touring shows before arriving once more at Melbourne International Comedy Festival – this time in a phenomenal new venue: Stamford Plaza Melbourne!

Some dates are already sold out so you’ll have to jump in quick if you want to join the fun – info below, and CLICK HERE FOR LAST REMAINING TICKETS!

17-22 April 2018
Stamford Plaza Melbourne,
111 Little Collins Street, Melbourne 3000
 1300 308 193
 info@imagination-workshop.com

7pm daily, plus 1pm on Saturday and Sunday. Sat 21 Apr 2018, 7:00pm–9:00pm

 

If we don’t see you in Melbourne, hope to see you somewhere else on the trail… see where we’ll be!

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