Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Australia, You’re Standing In It and the release of a special ViaVision (viavision.com.au) DVD boxed set with a one-off Comedy Festival cast reunion featuring video highlights and a significant amount of comic mayhem.
APRIL 6th, 5pm at the Melbourne Town Hall
Book your tickets here.
In 1983 the ABC aired Australia, You’re Standing In It, its first ever Melbourne-based intentionally comic television series.
It was the creation of Geoff Brooks, Mary Kenneally, Rod Quantock & Stephen Blackburn who were the pioneers of live comedy in Melbourne in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Together with Peter Browne and the Pram Factory’s Evelyn Krape, Sue Ingleton & Tim Robertson, they made two series of this ground-breaking television comedy.
Australia, You’re Standing In It uniquely presented women as comic equals at a time when Monty Python, The Aunty Jack Show et al gave all the good women’s roles to men and/or treated women as clichéd comedy stereotypes or ‘eye candy’. (‘Most comedy series only see women as decorative, or they’re in clichéd parts that go on forever.’ Kerry Brown)
Notable for its enduring characters
the success of the series emboldened the ABC to open its doors to the bubbling Melbourne comedy scene. The Gillies Report, the D-Gen, The Dingo Principle and others came to the small screen in no small part due the success Australia, You’re Standing In It.
‘Not since the culture shock of Grahame Bond’s Aunty Jack had we seen a program taking risks with comedy.’ Philip Adams
‘The material and style of the show are unpredictable, owing nothing to established modes of television comedy… a triumphantly new and startling experience for television audiences.’ Dennis Pryor
‘If you accept that laughter is the safety valve that keeps us from slaughtering our fellow human beings in great numbers, then Australia You’re Standing In It is a service of great national importance.’ Mike Carlton
‘(W)hen Australia You’re Standing In It was screened on the ABC in 1983, it revived the identification of ABC television with comic invention and heralded a subsequent explosion of TV sketch and stand-up comedy. For the national broadcaster, the long-term benefits of the show’s modest success were an increasing confidence in the place of comedy at the ABC — a confidence underpinned by the vitality of the new Melbourne-based Light Entertainment Unit It’s imperative that this show takes its place in Australian comedy.’ Susan Bye, Australian Centre of the Moving Image and honorary associate of La Trobe University. Read full article.
Rod Quantock is one of Australia’ most original and inventive comedians who has been entertaining Australians for more than forty years.
Trekking overland to Europe, mastering the cello at the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris, sharing the struggle of the people of Palestine, smuggling computer parts into the Eastern Block and working for the Pentagon are just some of the things this stay at home Melbourne born Melbournian would never dream of doing.
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PERFORMER, WRITER AND MUSICIAN
From Melbourne University to Architecture Revues to The Flying Trapeze Theatre Restaurant, Foibles, Comedy Cafe and The Last Laugh to ABC Television, and Words Fail Me to Australia, You're Standing In It, The Dodgy Brothers, Tim and Debbie, Tim and Debbie's Reel To Real to Circus Oz (musical director) to Channel Seven - Fast Forward, Full Frontal etc, etc, to music production for lots of different stuff to pianist and arranger-music producer for the Choir Of Hard Knocks.
WRITER, PERFORMER, SINGER
Mary Kenneally is one of Australia’s leading comedians and amongst the most influential and respected performing arts entertainers in this country. In a career spanning over thirty years, she has made a significant and profound impact on the development of Australian comedy in particular and on the performing arts in general.
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PERFORMER AND WRITER
Geoff Brooks started his working career as a practicing architect in both Australia and England between 1973 and 1977. From 1977 to 1982 he joined theatre groups as both a writer and performer whose credits included The Flying Trapeze, Foibles, The Last Laugh, Le Joke, The Pram Factory, Melbourne University, Union Theatre, Courthouse and the Geelong Performing Arts Centre.
From 1982 Geoff made his way to television and his T.V. credits include Inside Economics, The Magic Bag, Words Fail Me, Australia, You're standing In It.
PERFORMER AND WRITER
Sue is one of Australia's leading actor, director, writer and stand-up comedians. She has worked at MTC, STC, Belvoir St. La Mama et al and toured Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK & Europe with her political, outrageous, truthful one-woman shows. Sue is a recipient of the Sydney Myer Individual Performing Arts Award, the Gloria Dawn/Gloria Payton Award, a Perrier Award Nomination at Edinburgh Fringe, and has performed at Adelaide International Festival of Arts, Montreal Juste Pour Rire, Festival of Fools - Penzance, many MICF’s, and New York International Theatre Festival.
From early beginnings in Archi Revues and then the APG at the Pram Factory, her love of comedy exhumed an ascerbic ‘take’ on all things political. She’s been called ‘a flag bearer for her sex.’ Her amazing shapeshifting talents have brought forth such characters as Bill Rawlings the pregnant man, Gemma the phased upper class hippie and her renowned character, nongenerian Edith Wise who is a no holds barred revelation of ageing and of all subjects known to woman and some to men. Sue continues to create, perform and tour political stand-up and also to build houses and love her brilliant children and grandchildren.
Evelyn Krape has 30 years diverse acting experience in Theatre, Film and television. She won the Best Actress Award for her role as ‘Nellie Melba’ in Jack Hibberd’s play “ A Toast to Melba”. Her one woman show ‘Female Parts’ was a major success & was awarded the 1993 Green Room Award for Best Actress in Musical theatre for her performance in “Ginger” for Playbox.
Evelyn has performed for the MTC, Playbox, 11th Hour,Victoria Opera Company & Shakespeare in the Park. Her television apperances include the ABC’s Australia you’re standing in it, Flying Doctors, Blue heelers, Bastard Boys, Greeks on the Roof ” to name but a few.
“Dimboola”, “The Sound of One Hand Clapping” and the voice of “The Old Ewe”in the award winning “Babe” 1 &2 are a selection of her film credits.
In 2013 Evelyn will be performing a one woman show, MORE FEMALE PARTS, written by Sara Hardy, designed by Neil Greenaway and directed by Lois Ellis.
Peter Browne has performed in drama and comedy on stage, on film and on TV from 1981. He now works as a video producer, writer and presentation skills coach in Singapore. His comic performances are now for the exclusive entertainment of his wife and young children.
Favourite dramatic performance – Alfred the Hot Water Bottle in ABC’s Johnson & Friends.
Favourite comic performance – Mate 3 in ABC’s AYSII series.
PERFORMER AND WRITER
Tim Robertson moved to Melbourne 1972 to join the APG, a Mafia Maoist theatre collective in a Pram Factory. Tim became an Australian heavy: Power Without Glory, Rush, Scales of Justice Vietnam, The Cars That Ate Paris, The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith come to mind.
Late in the 70s he became aware of a set of cracked architects, fledgling clowns and natural born fools appearing in the Back Theatre of the Pram Factory with The Sennitt’s Ice-cream Show, flitting about in the Carlton folly that was Foibles and opening The Comedy Cafe in Brunswick Street.
Quantock, Kenneally, Brooks and Blackburn invited Tim to sort of direct them in a show called Tram. Then he got to fool around in AYSII. He now has 4 grown up children and lives in Boho, NE Victoria.
Tim has written many theatre pieces including collaborations with John Romeril, Manning Clark and Laurence Sterne (gent).
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