VICIOUS WINS 5-STAR FRINGE AWARD!

3 03 2014

VICIOUS CIRCLES is this week’s ★★★★★ Award winner in The Sunday Mail!

“This is the hit of the Fringe, the real Fringe, the fringe that takes no prisoners… it’s anarchy in the underground and if you want the ultimate fringe experience you better grab a ticket quick!” -Matt Byrne, The Sunday Mail

I’m so goddamn proud of Team Vicious right now. PUNK IS HERE!

SUNDAY MAIL REVIEW

 

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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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VICIOUS CIRCLES OZ TOUR CONTINUES!

18 02 2014

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After  a crazy awesome run in Perth for FRINGE WORLD that gave us crazy buzz, many shocked hippies, a sell out show and TWO lovely award nominations for “The West Australian Arts Editor Award” and “The Artrage Theatre Award,” VICIOUS CIRCLES is now making it’s way over to The Adelaide Fringe for a huge run of shows at The Tuxedo Cat! Buy tickets online HERE and or the door!

Thanks to all you crazy punks that have checked out and loved the show so far, be sure to help us out by spreading the word!

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VICIOUS CIRCLES – THE TUXEDO CAT
Feb 21 – March 16, 9.45pm (No shows Wed)
Tickets through FringeTIX 1300 621 255
www.adelaidefringe.com.au

Thanks for having us Fringe World, it’s been rockin’. Also you might want to restock your beer fridge, I think we drank it all.

LoVe,

TeAM ViCiOuS!

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VICIOUS CIRCLES invades FRINGE WORLD

1 02 2014

With just over a week until VICIOUS CIRCLES open at Fringe World, the cast and crew have already started making ourselves known around the Festival.

Make sure you come check out what is bound to be ridiculous as SID VICIOUS and JOHNNY ROTTEN enter the Fringe World Mermaid tank 10pm on Thursday the 6th of Feb.

photo cropped Check out out Interview with the mighty Peter Barr of RTRFM and read my interview with The West Australian all about the show and what I’m up to for the rest of the year.

Ticket are on sale NOW and can be found HERE.

Tickets for our Adelaide Fringe season are also online HERE.





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…

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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





PUNK IS COMING…TO PERTH & ADELAIDE

10 01 2014

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NEVERMIND THE BOLLOCKS, tickets for the FRINGE WORLD and ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL seasons of VICIOUS CIRCLES are on sale now!

VICIOUS is the award winning play I was part of back in Montreal last year and am proud to be co-producing it in Perth and Adelaide in 2014. Click HERE to read my blog about my experience with the show.

This is one of the sweatiest, most hard-core punk rock roller-coaster rides of theatre you’re likely to catch this Fringe season, so don’t miss out!

Check out the VICIOUS CIRCLES page over at Weeping Spoon HQ to read more about the show, watch the trailer and look at some great productions shots from the Montreal production back in May 2013.

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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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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.




Trampoline – Week 2 – REVIEWS

14 10 2013

“Adamczak, takes that idea of boy meets girl and turns it on its head, creating a wonderfully absurd piece that will have you laughing in your seat….Trampoline is easily one of the funniest plays I have seen in a while; a darkly comic take on a familiar theme, which will have you laughing right from the outset.” – The AU Review

The show is off to a great start, a completely sold out first week and some great reviews starting to pop up (will post more as they come out). I am joyfully overwhelmed with the response* so far and am extremely proud of everyone involved in this show. But there’s still work to be done…

Good tickets still available for the rest of the season, but are selling fast, so if you don’t want to miss out (and you don’t want to miss out, do you?!) make sure you book through The Blue Room Theatre Website. Booking in advance is fun and easy. We like when you do it.

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“ This dark comedy is equal parts touching, funny, awkward and sad, and the characters will tug at your heartstrings and refuse to let go.” –Bloodyunderrated.net (Canada)

“The three-person cast were incredible, clearly experienced performers, who immersed themselves in their roles and drew the audience into the tale from the very beginning. …The 60 minute play was performed without a hitch, and was, and is likely to remain, the most enjoyable hour of my week. I cannot recommend this production more highly.” – Colosoul Magazine

“Shane has skilfully constructed a superb script with several genres of comedy, from subtle to slapstick, all smoothly blended…The acting under the directorship of Damon Lockwood was wonderful. The expressions, characterisation, accents and body language were well-observed and fully exploited, to achieve maximum fun…One of the Blue Room’s funniest shows for a long time. Great team work. Highly recommended.” – Theatre Australia

*I don’t know if I can treat it as a credible media source, but a friend’s teenage daughter told me she liked the show “Even more than WICKED” which really made me smile.