What happens when a former Full Frontal television frontman and a teacher with a ‘bucket list’ idea come together to make theatre?
The answer is a delightfully demented comedy that sees the iconic singing competition Eurovision turned on its head. Scripted and directed by John Walker and Steve Demamiel, Catholic College Wodonga’s 2018 production is an original work called Musicopia.
The show is set in the People’s Republic of Thurgoonastan and shows the world how Musicopia, with its rich and chequered history, developed after the ‘incident’ that caused the downfall of Eurovision.
Musicopia is the closest Albury Wodonga will ever get to Eurovision … It contains two original songs, imaginative staging and video guest cameos by three of Australia’s comedic icons Kitty Flanagan, Julie Zemiro and Glenn Butcher. It is a pacey, interactive, side-splittingly hilarious and political.
“Donaldo Trumpovski, the dubious Lavganistani billionaire, saw a wonderful business opportunity and decided to globalise the world music scene in 1975 by creating Musicopia. He went bankrupt (…. for the fifth time) and the United Nations stepped in to sponsor the competition and foster World peace. Europe went crazy and no-one was happy about it… “, explains Mr Demamiel.
Upon entry to ‘Musicopia’, audience members are supplied with a national flag (from somewhere in the world!) a Bingo Card… and the rest left up to the audience to enjoy the quirky, off-beat characters that are ‘Musicopia’.
“Musicopiahas been an idea I’ve had for years,” says Mr Demamiel. “I don’t think it would have come together without John’s experience and sense of the irreverent. We’ve created a ridiculous, really funny show – the students have been fantastic, really along for the ride, and we’re looking forward to entertaining everyone.”
The show runs for three nights, and tickets are available on this link, or at the door. https://www.trybooking.com/395329
Thursday 23 – Saturday 25 August
Catherine Macauley Arts Centre
Duration: 2.5hrs incl interval