Prahran warms up with original theatre

June 27, 2011 by  

Prahran continues to hold its own as a vibrant arts precinct in Melbourne. During the day, Chapel and Greville Streets lure tourists with their eccentric and well-heeled vibrancy, but it’s at night, even in wintry Melbourne, that invention and art come together, making colourful subjects for local flyer printing.

Chapel Off Chapel is known for original performance and also as a launching pad for bright new talent, and this month’s solo by comedian Robert Taylor will be no exception. He has graduated from what he calls filling ‘dead air’ at the Fringe – a modest way of saying he may have saved the day with a lot of comedic piano playing in a show with too many scene changes – to his Chapel Off Chapel debut So Inappropriate. It’s a personal thing, entwining personal experience with a bit of fiction… some unrequited love, a tale of Hollywood rejection and Robert’s father’s theorising on the beginning of time. After his debut here, which runs from July 15 to 24, Robert will take the show to London and the Edinburgh Festival.

In the meantime, Swinburne University’s David Williamson’s Theatre will witness Melbourne’s own After Dark Theatre’s Limbo, a circus performance of sorts based on a painting by Victorian artist Marek Wilinski – but put together by a collaboration of ideas from all of the 15-member troupe that makes up After Dark. There’s circus, puppetry, illusion, drama, lighting – and some haunting woodwind by troupe composer Kara Ciezki. Catch them at Swinburne from July 13 to 23.