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

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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.




THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN SPACESHIP

6 07 2013

Last week, after ten months and nine amazing “episodes” (including a motherflippin’ XMAS SPECIAL!) the crew of Captain Spaceship just had their final mission at Mainline Theatre (But for HOW LONG!?). The finale was bitter-sweet, funny, silly, spacey, timey-wimey and even a little sentimental; all the things I’ve come to love about this format!

This on-going sci-fi improv series has been one of the funniest and most rewarding shows I’ve ever had the pleasure of being involved with. The incredibly talented cast, that really was the best of the best, made my stupid idea come alive and took it too places I never thought imaginable. I was thrilled to see how quickly audiences embraced the show and gave us our own little cult following (cult followings are cool). I have had such a blast living out the adventure of these crazy characters, I do hope we get to do this again sometime. Plans are already underway for Captain Spaceship Down-under and a follow up series in Montreal next year, so stay tuned Spaceshippers, the Captain is just locked in stasis…for now.

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I want to take this opportunity to thank my incredible cast Lea Rondot, Pat Dussault, Dan Jeannotte, Lise Vigneault, Matt Goldberg, Marc Rowland and Kirsten Rasmussen as well as all the incredible guest stars who appeared throughout the series: Dan Derkson, Jess Fildes, Anders Yates, Colin Munch, Brent Skagford, Vinny Francois and the mighty Vance Gillies!

Thanks also to the fine folks at Mainline Theatre, Especially Amy Blackmore, Al Lafrance and out awesome techie Emily Thorne. Big thanks also to Jeremy Hechtman who got the ball rolling on this project and without whom, it might never have happened.

CHECK OUT THE CAPTAIN SPACESHIP TUMBLR FOR ALL THE EPISODES (almost)

Here’s a little bonus for hardcore Spaceship Fans (PASSWORD: 0507MLbeta)

“THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN SPACESHIP” 8pm TONIGHT (July 5) at MAINLINE THEATRE!

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A FEW NEW POSTERS FOR UPCOMING SHOWS…

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SCRIBLINGS & SCRAWLINGS

30 01 2013

Hey gang, I’ve been writing a bunch of new stuff.  Here’s a few things you might wanna check out.

GUEST BLOG:Gentlemen, To Your Collaboration Stations.” A behind the scenes look at creating CAPTAIN SPACESHIP. Written for La Hacedora ~ The Creatoress ~ La Creatrice, the website of Daniela Smith-Fernández, who did all the probs and costume work on the show.

WEEKLY STORY: “The Ballad Of Frank Allen” an ongoing story about a tiny man that lives in my friend Al’s beard. For Bloody Underrated.

I also highly recommend checking out Matt’s Dream Journal.

Finally, here’s a half finished work for an up coming SPIN CHORUS project.

Peace.

-Shane

P.S. Montrealers, don’t forget that Captain Spaceship is happening at Mainline THIS FRIDAY!

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First Look at the new CAPTAIN SPACESHIP POSTER!

23 01 2013

Next show is Friday Feb 1st at Mainline Theatre. Book HERE!

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2012 THE EPIC YEAR OF EPICNESS

2 01 2013

Holy Kites you guys, where did the year go? 2012 was year of BIG things, big moves, big changes, big tours and BIG shows! This year was full of surprises, travel, success, failures and meeting some of my new favourite people in the world and missing those favourites I haven’t seen in a while.

I won’t take up too much of your time (I’m actually surprised you’ve read this far) but here’s a few highlights of what happened at Zack Adams HQ. I hope you like hyperlinks.

  • Produced 2 sell-out seasons the 10yr anniversary production of CHECKOUT The Musical
  • Revamped the first ever Zack Adams show
  • Finished off a 6 year stint at Starlight with a life-changing 4 week visit to The NT
  • Represented WA at The National Theatre Sports Finals
  • Hoo-Haa-ed as much as I could before I left Australia
  • Had a successful Pozible campaign and drew a BUNCH of drawings for people
  • Climbed a MOUNTAIN!
  • I left Perth.
  • I release bunch of ZACK ADAMS music
  • I got trapped in Indonesia for 2 days
  • I tour Canada for three months, making friends and money along the way and losing my appendix to Steve Martin
  • I wrote a bunch of tour blogs for Bloody Underrated
  • I moved to Montreal.
  • My Aunt kicked cancer in the balls, I became a godfather, my baby brother got engaged, my dad bought a pinball machine. I liked all of these things very much.
  • I started CAPTAIN SPACESHIP with some of the best improvisers in Montreal
  • I lived out one of my dreams by starring in The Rocky Horror Show with the best cast ever
  • I started working with MSTC and we have a damn good time
  • I started semi-regular improv gigs with the awesome cats at Montreal Improv
  • I hanged around at Mainline Theatre, A LOT. Broke some people’s dreams during the Fringe Lottery.
  • Was chuffed to add spatterings of backing vocals to recordings by Maya Malkin and Emily Skahan (Both from the awesome band Motel Raphael)
  • I saw snow for the first time.
  • I bought a HUGE jacket long johns and winter boots as to “not die”
  • I drew a lot of stupid little drawings, sold them at EXPOZINE!
  • I cracked 10,000 tweets.
  • Ate a lot of toast
  • Drank a lot of these
  • This thing
  • Made the stupidest yet (not surprisingly) most popular video on my channel.
  • I laughed, I drank, I danced, I cried, I danced some more.

Here’s to a happy, healthy appendixless 2013. Look after yourself and each other, kids. Great things to come…

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