In a world saturated with pop culture, selfies, narcissism, and the hunger for everyone’s 15 minutes, how can one god preach to the choir of modern civilisation in an effort to reclaim power over the mortals? Tragedy! (a new comedy) is a chance for the modern day mortals of Melbournia to meet their maker... Well, one of them anyway.
Tragedy! (a new comedy) is the latest solo work from Brisbane’s Elizabeth Scales. This original cabaret will make its Melbourne debut at The Butterfly Club as part of the Melbourne Cabaret Fringe Festival in July. This cabaret centres on the tribulations of the now redundant gods looking down from the heavens over this modern world. With boredom at an all time high, and in an effort to restore their meaning, one god has been sent down to address the mortals at a meeting in a bid to reclaim power over their fates.
Tragedy! (a new comedy) is a cabaret for anyone who cannot live without their smartphone, wi-fi or their daily worship and pilgrimage to their favourite barista. It is a tongue-in-cheek show that pokes fun at modern society through the ingenious appropriation and mash up of Greek tragic texts with pop culture references and songs and the creation of original modern chorus works reminiscent of those epic ancient theatrical texts. Tragedy! (a new comedy) is a show about life as we know it, brashly putting the looking glass up to reflect the ridiculousness of the world today.
Tragedy! (a new comedy) is Elizabeth Scales’s second solo show, having premiered at the 2016 Anywhere Festival in Brisbane. This work was the subsequent creation following Scales’s first solo show, Becoming Bette, which has enjoyed seasons at the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival and The Butterfly Club in 2016 as well as a sold-out return season at Room To Play Independent Theatre just prior to this.
“This show is certainly an original concept with an entertaining, if not quirky, view on the world as we know it. Particularly, with everything that is happening in the world right now, this show certainly offers a good giggle along with the platform to take a closer look at ourselves and the world we live in. I cannot wait to share this show with the Mortals of Melbournia!” said Elizabeth. Cost: $25-32
Venue: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne at 7 pm