SHANE ADAMCZAK Actor/Improviser/Puppeteer/Writer/Producer
“One of Perth’s most successful independent theatre creators” – The Sunday Times
“Adamczak is a comic writing genius in my book. His short play Trampoline is one of the most endearingly whimsical love stories to grace the small stage I’ve ever seen. It packs such a ‘feel good’ punch that once its finished you’ll want to go straight back into the theatre and watch it all over again.” -PerthCulture.com
“Adamczak is an Energiser bunny of a performer with something of Woody Allen about him. He’s also a smashing writer with natural comic touch and audacity to burn” -The West Australian
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Shane Adamczak graduated from WAAPA in 2003 and has since gone on to become a stalwart of the West Australian Theatre scene; a Fringe Festival veteran of over 35 festivals worldwide and “One of Perth’s most successful independent theatre creators” (The Sunday Times) as a founding member and current Artistic Director of Independent Theatre Company Weeping Spoon Productions. He is also a company associate of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre.
His most recent work includes a Canadian Tour of his award-winning play TRAMPOLINE, Greg Fleet’s multi-award winning THIS IS NOT A LOVE SONG and Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show (as Brad Majors). He also gained critical acclaim for his portrayal of iconic Sex Pistols front-man Johnny Rotten in the award winning Canadian play Vicious Circles. He was also a cast member of award-winning LA Troupe Sound & Fury for their 2015 Australian Fringe Tour.
His new show THE BALLAD OF FRANK ALLEN, a comedy about a man who lives in another man’s beard, debuts in early 2016 and will tour Australia and Canada.
A skilled physical and comedic performer described as “Woody Allen meets Ziggy Stardust” (Monday Magazine), Shane is also known for his alter-ego project Zack Adams which has toured Australia and internationally over the last seven years. His show ZACK ADAMS: LOVE SONGS FOR FUTURE GIRL traveled the Canadian Fringe circuit to rave reviews and was nominated for the JUST FOR LAUGHS AWARD (Best Comedy Show) at the 2011 Montreal Fringe Festival. In 2012, ZACK ADAMS: A Complete History Of Zack Adams was nominated for BEST LOCAL COMEDY at The Fringe World Festival, was again nominated for the JUST FOR LAUGHS AWARD (Best Comedy Show) in Montreal and won a JENNY AWARD for biographical Storytelling during his Canadian Tour. His latest solo show ZACK TO THE FUTURE was nominated for the CENTAUR THEATRE AWARD for Best English Theatre and gained a third JUST FOR LAUGHS AWARD nomination.
As an Improviser he a senior player of Improv-comedy troupe The Big HOO-HAA!, Performed in In A New York Minute & Theatresports Seasons with Just Improvise and is a regular performer at Free Love Impro and Damon Lockwood’s FUPPET. Shane also represented WA in the 2011 and 2012 National Theatresport Finals and performed as part of The All Star Improv Jam, Smackdown, Treepio and Murder at 9pm with Montreal Improv. He has also performed as a guest with award winning Canadian sketch/improv troupe Uncalled For. Currently running in Montreal is his on-going Improvised Sci-Fi Comedy Serial Captain Spaceship.
A Spare Parts Puppet Theatre Company Associate, he has performed as a puppeteer in numerous productions including Cat Balloon, The Man From Snowy River, Spellbound and The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek. He also co-wrote and starred in Weeping Spoon’s award winning international production GREED and Produced and starred in two sell-out seasons of the highly successful revival of Checkout-The Musical in 2012.
“Shane Adamczak would have needed a dozen energy drinks to perfect the frantic, socially-inept Matt; his performance is beyond intense.” –AussieTheatre.com.au
“Shane Adamczak as Matt gripped my attention throughout, as he used his long-limbed, slender build to create memorable physical comedy that resonated strongly with his rapid fire, earnest delivery of some fantastic lines.” – artsHub.com.au
“And Johnny Rotten… wow. If there was ever a better, more sinister and scowling and sneering and contemptuous personification of punk-era Lydon, I would love to see it… because Shane Adamczak is perfect. Absolutely perfect” –Festival Freak
“However it is Shane Adamczak who steals the show as Johhny Rotten. He has the wide-eyed stare, florid turns of phrase and vicious mood-swings so perfectly tuned it’s like he’s channelling.” -Adelaide Theatre Guide
“Adamczak is also something else as Rotten. He has the singer’s posture and stage moves down-pat – when he suddenly starts lip-syncing to No Feelings, it’s sheer genius.” – The Montreal Gazette
“(Adamczak) is completely unrecognizable, skilfully recreating Johnny Rotten’s disturbing stare, theatrical turns of phrase and sudden, unpredictable mood swings.” – Bloody Underrated
“Shane Adamczak is perfect …natural and believable, with comic-dramatic gold… His strong vocal skills work well with the clear sweetness of Tegan Mulvany’s voice as they sing duets, ” – Australian Stage (review of This Is Not A Love Song)
“Mulvany’s gutsiness and Fleet’s pack-a-day growl good foils for Adamczak’s WAAPA polish.” – Daily Review (review of This Is Not A Love Song)
“Adamczak is fortunate enough to have two essentials for comedy – an abundance of energy and instant charisma…Someone should check the strength of his medication.” -The West Australian
“(Adamczak) personifies the Fringe – original, multi-talented and able to do great things on a tiny budget. “ -The Advertiser
“Great timing, charming ideas and most impressive, a truly transformative physicality” -Theatre Australia
“Extremely talented (though strange and potentially dangerous)”-Amelia Walker, TheProgram.net.au
“(Adamczak) has a particular flare for comedy” -Nikki Gaertiner, Adelaide Theatre Guide
“ZACK ADAMS” STAND UP COMEDY BIO HERE
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