Sound & Fury – Don’t fuck up the band.

28 03 2015

Sound and Fury h and j “I’m fucking up my favourite band…by playing in it” – Davey Lane, You Am I.

That is one of my favourite quotes from the You Am I documentary “The Cream and Crock” where Davey expressed his concern of not quite cutting the mustard when he first joined his favourite band. This kinda reflected how I felt about this summer. I have been a fan and friend of LA’s Sound And Fury for many years from touring a lot of the same Canadian Fringe Festivals (and more recently, the Australian Fringes) with them and so when they asked me to replace third troupe member Ryan for the Australian leg of their 2015 tour, I was firstly honoured, then excited and then absolutely terrified. S&F have been around as a troupe for over 17 years and have a strong following in Australia so I had big shoes to fill, two shows worth of lines to learn and a lot of people to try and impress. It was a really daunting task, but I love a challenge. I cut my teeth at Fringe World in Perth with a whirlwind week of performances of Hitchcocked and Hamlet & Juliet (insanely sandwiched between performances of my own show Trampoline) but it was really the Adelaide Fringe season of Hamlet & Juliet that I really started to find my feet. I started to feel more at home in the troupe, more comfortable improvising within the shows and trying out new jokes (mostly involving attempting to annoy Richard onstage) and putting my own goofy spin in the characters I played.

It was a whole new experience as an actor or improviser. We all have a similar sense of humour and while we’d all done a lot of improv but a S&F show is a whole different beast and it was a rewarding experience for me as a performer to challenge myself with something like this. It was important to me (and to the others) that I wasn’t just doing an impression of Ryan and the guys really made me like I had to the freedom to play around and make my spot in the troupe my own and I am forever grateful for that. The feedback from new, and perhaps more importantly, long time fans of S&F was overwhelmingly positive and it was lovely to be accepted as more than just “the new guy” or “not Ryan”.

Patrick and Richard, thank you both so much for all your hard work and for helping me feel so much part of the team. Ryan thanks for needing time to plan your wedding, you were very much missed this tour, but I’m sure glad I go to be the first ever Aussie Sound & Fury-er. I do hope we can all do it all again someday.

Some reviews, with a few mentions of me, not fucking up.

“We were also introduced to the filling-in Shane, found in Perth and more than capable of getting formidably silly in the best Sound & Fury tradition.” Rip it up ★★★★

“Forget the nunnery; get thee to Bally tent in Gluttony, where Hamlet and Juliet plays nightly “InDaily

“Joining Maritzer and long-standing member Patrick Hercamp for their Australian tour is Perth local, Shane Adamczak. He fits right in, despite the clash of accents” Glam Adelaide ★★★★

“Genuinely, laugh out loud funny” – Yaniism Blog

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VICIOUS REVIEWS – Adelaide Fringe 2014

26 02 2014

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The reviews are flowing in hard and fast for our Adelaide Fringe season of VICIOUS CIRCLES and it seems that the reviewers are all a bunch of punk-loving Pistols fans! I’m so incredibly proud of this show and Team Vicious right now. Check out some of the press hitting the streets of South Australia.

“Fringe fare of the first order. ★★★★The Advertiser

“This is a take-no-prisoners Fringe show that leaves you knowing you’ve seen something great and got your money’s worth. Even if punk is not your cup of tea, this is pure entertainment. ★★★★1/2” Adelaide Theatre Guide

I enjoyed every minute of this.” – Indaily

and in case you missed this one from From The Turnstiles in Perth “skilfully directed  …extraordinary performances …darkly entertaining …Not to be missed, Adelaide. ★★★★1/2”

We also got Runner Up for The West Australian Arts Editor Award at Fringe World 2014!

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FRINGE WORLD IS HERE! A helpful guide…

25 01 2014

Hey sports arts and culture fans!

The FRINGE WORLD festival is back and it is huger than ever! Hundreds of shows and so many new venues, it can be a bit overwhelming. But sometime overwhelming is good, it mean you’re spoiled for choice. But please, let me help make your life a little easier. The following are my picks for some EFFING OUTSTANDING SHOWS at this year’s Fringe that you should not miss. I’m basing these judgements on A. The fact that I’ve seen a lot of these shows at other festivals and they blew my mind with awesomeness, B. These are artists/companies I’ve seen before and I know they produce only awesomeness and/or C. I have incredible instincts when it come to choosing Fringe Shows, trust me, you’ll thank me later,  this isn’t my first rodeo…

CABARET/BURLESQUE/CIRCUS

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Tomas Ford: Electric Cabaret – Tomas is all over Fringe this year, helping run venues and host all kinds of late night action. His solo show will blow your mind, he’s like a one-man electro punk show, but with more style. He will probably take his shirt off.

Oh Crumbs! – Awesome Burlesque, music and general silliness. There is about six billion Burlesque shows in the festival, this will be one of the best.

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Sunglasses At Night: Geraldine Quinn – She’s bloody Rock’n’Roll, she’s ginger and boy can she sing, what’s not to love?

Movin’ Melvin Brown: The Ray Charles Experience – Haven’t seen this guy around the traps for a few years, but he’s a true old school showman, he taps, he sings, you will love him. Take your parents to this.

The Wau Wau Sisters – A huge hit over the last few years, a great night out watching to awesome ladies be awesomely entertaining and sometimes quite naked.

Briefs : The Second Coming – All male Burlesque/circus troupe that are DAMN DAMN good at what they do.

COMEDY

Bart Freebairn in The Age of Wonder – This guy is more than your straight stand up, he will take your mind through a journey of self discovery, whimsy and utter confusion and you will be so thankful he did.

David Quirk: Shaking Hands with Danger – In my opinion, one of the best and most underrated Australian comedians. Quirk is a bloody good writer and a damn funny guy.

Dr. Professor Neal Portenza – He’s really great. Go into this show knowing that it’s going to be weird and that you’re going to feel weird, and you’ll be fine. So incredibly fine.

Eric’s Tales Of The Sea – A great one man show about life in the Marines. Funny, heartwarming and extremely entertaining.

Greg Fleet : Sports Illustrated – Fleety is a bloody legend. I love his comedy so much I want to put it in a basket and take it to Grandma’s house.

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Jon Bennet: Fire In The Meth Lab – Jon is a terribly funny fellow and one helluva great story teller. His brother is in jail and this show is about that. Quite frankly if you don’t go see this show, you’re a dumb idiot who makes bad choices.

Pat Burtscher’s Overwhelmed – A lot of my favourite comics this festival are the one that steer away from “straight stand up” and are bit more alternative and edgy with their material. This is a prime example of that. Pat brings an incredible energy and deliver to the stage and I love his stuff bigtime.

Michael Workman: Ave Loretta – I have no idea what this show is about but I can guarantee that it will be amazing. Workman is a comedic genius.

Nick Sun – You want edgy, alternative comedy that pushes boundries and divides audiences? Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Nick Sun.

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Rob Lloyd: Who, Me – Believe it or not, I really love Doctor Who. Do you love Doctor Who? Go see this show NOW! It’s about Doctor Who. I really like Doctor Who you guys.

Show And Tell – Story telling and Improv featuring a rotating cast (including members of The Big HOO-HAA!) and a number of guest stars. Audiences are gonna LOVE this show.

Impromptunes – They Improvise an entire frickin’ Musical each night. Very funny and very slick, these guy have talent coming out the whazoo. Right out of it.

Xavier Michelides: Bad Accents and Inconsistent Mimes – Xavier is one of the funniest people I know and I’ve never seen a show of his that I didn’t love and walk out of smiling my face off. He’s also performing a show called Thawed that you should also see.

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Best – Two very talented ladies present a tale of two friends going on a long over due road trip. They’ve just come off the back of a great run in Melbourne, so excited to see this show.

BRUCE – It’s amazing. It’s sold out. You can’t go unless you already have tickets. I’m truly sorry. You blew it.

Great White – A huge hit at The Blue Room Theatre last year, there’s a lot of great buzz about this encore season.

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She Was Probably Not A Robot – The man behind this show (Stuart Bowden) had created some of my favourite solo Fringe shows over the last few years. I cannot wait to see this. He will fill your heart with love and laughter, I don’t know how yet…but he will.

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Sound & Fury: Hamlet & Juliet – This trio from L.A. are not only extremely talented and funny, they are also super awesome guys who make great shows that lots of people around the world enjoy. Do yourself a favour and be one of those people. They are also doing a showed called Hitchcocked, which is also extremely silly and very, very good.

Squidboy – Everyone is talking about this show. You probably better go see it, right?

Swamp Juice – 3D shadow puppets. Need I say more?

the boat goes over the mountain – I missed this at The Blue Room last year, but it won a bunch of awards and I’ve heard great things. Can’t wait to check it out

The Pigeons – Three of  the most talented actresses I know have created a brand new show about keeping secrets. It is going to be very, very good.

These Guys – A show about the different men that influence one woman’s life. The audience get to decided how the show runs each night, this will be a great theatrical experience from a great company of performers.

The Polite Gentleman – I have the privilege of work with multi-talented performer Mark Storen on a few of his previous shows and cannot wait to see his latest work after a successful run at The Blue Room last year.

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VICIOUS CIRCLES – Yes, this is my show. I am in it. I am producing it. It is very good. Yes, you should go see it. It’s an award winning show from Montreal about the Sex Pistols. Don’t bring your Grandma to this show. Unless she’s punk rock.

Tickets and further info for all these shows can be found on the FRINGE WORLD WEBSITE. I hope you found this somewhat informal guide helpful, if you see any shows during Fringe that blow your mind apart in one way or another, please let me know in the comments below. And all this being said, don’t be afraid to take a chance on a show you’ve heard nothing about, it’s all part of the adventure that is FRINGE!

If you a first-time fringer, you might find either of these other blogs I wrote helpful:

WHAT IS A FRINGE FESTIVAL?

A GUIDE TO BEING A GOOD AUDIENCE MEMBER AT THE FRINGE

Peace, love and happy fringing.

-Shane





SPACE SANTA, THE SEX PISTOLS AND OTHER SUCH THINGS

30 11 2013

Wow, what a crazy month it’s been. Running straight for the success of Trampoline to the Aussie debut of Captain Spaceship! I am super stoked with how well it went, the cast pick up the format and took to whole new awesome levels and our audiences we large and loyal, what more could a crew of intergalactic super-nerds ask for?

I am excited to announce that THERE’S A BONUS EPISODE happening December 19th at Lazy Susan’s and it’s the CAPTAIN SPACESHIP CHRISTMAS SPECIAL! Come, it will be super!

It’s been a bit of “paper work and production” month…

I’ve been busy auditioning for a bunch of cool stuff in Australia and filming a few small parts in a mini-series and a feature film which has been really sweet. November has been a big month for shaping where I will be and what I will be doing for most of 2014…more news on that as soon AS I KNOW WHAT THE HELL I’M DOING WITH MY LIFE…*cough*

Big Vicious Circles news, Tickets for THE ADELAIDE FRINGE SEASON are on sale NOW! News for the Perth season will be released very shortly and there’s also a brand new Weeping Spoon Website coming soon!

EXCELSIOR!

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ABOVE: The cast of Aussie Captain Spaceship episode 1





Bounce back.

3 11 2013

Wow. What a trip.

Last week we finished up our “critically acclaimed” sold-out world debut season of TRAMPOLINE and I’m still finding it hard to put into words just how truly amazing it was. We had such amazing crowds, overwhelming great reviews and such positive feedback from the general public. For my first show back in Australia and my first brand new show in a few years, I was so relived to have the play so well received. I must admit, I put a lot of pressure on myself with this project, it was a huge undertaking, but I really couldn’t have asked for a better result. I am so incredibly proud of the show and all the people involved, this reminded my why I do what I do and why I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

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I want to say a MASSIVE thanks to my cast-mates Ben and Amanda, who really brought the characters in this show to Iife in a way I could’ve never imaged, I am so honoured to work with you both. To our director Damon, thank you for pushing us in each rehearsal to really bring the text to life and give it the heart, comedy and pathos it deserved. Our Stage Manager Louise who came on board fairly last minute but became an invaluable and extremely joyous member of our team and I hope we can all work together again soon. Thanks also to Mike deGrussa, Cherie Hewson, all at The Blue Room Theatre and all else who helped work on the show.

“Working with a strong script, skilful technical support and talented comic actors, Trampoline is a perfect dream for creators and audiences alike… Short, sweet, quirky, produced with passion – Trampoline has all the elements that demonstrate why The Blue Room Theatre is such a vital part of Perth’s cultural milieu. ✭✭✭✭1/2″ – artsHubs.com.au

Be sure to check out the TRAMPOLINE SHOW PAGE for links to all our reviews and other press.

The next step is working on what will happen to this show in future, keep your eyes peeled.

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THIS MONTH marks the Australian debut of Captain Spaceship which I am super excited about! I’ve got some of Perth’s best improvisers to play the BRAND NEW SPACESHIP CREW and it’s shaping up to be a great month of shows, be sure to check it every Thursday in November at Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den at 7:30pm. Say the password “Beam Me Up Scotty” for a half price ticket to the first show on the 7th! THAT’S A MEASLY $5!

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COMING SOON another Canadian show debuts in Oz! I will getting ROTTEN again and rocking that hideous bright orange hair again when Vicious Circles makes it’s way to Perth and Adelaide for a few festivals early 2014 and I for one, cannot wait for Aussies to see the sweatiest, dirtiest, more-drugged fucked punk-rock play ever. Keep an eye for “official” announcements for dates and venues soon! In the meantime you can help support the show by donating to the VICIOUS CIRCLE INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN here and help pay to bring over the Montreal cast. We would really like it if you did that.

Images from TRAMPOLINE by Mitchell Richards. Image from VICIOUS CIRCLES by Louis Longpré.




GAZETTE ARTICLE.

13 06 2013

I was recently interviewed by Pat Donnelly recent for the main Montreal Newspaper, The Gazette. We talked about my upcoming Fringe Show, my move to Montreal and why I’m so “Hyperactive”…

“This theatrically hyperactive native of Perth, Australia, has spent the last year in Montreal, becoming something of a fixture in the independent theatre scene as well as the local improv comedy circuit…”

It was a pretty cool article…read the full thing HERE.

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FRINGE BLOGGY BLOG

9 06 2013

HERE’S my first Fringe Blog for Bloody Underrated this year.