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My Two Cents | Halley Metcalfe
Written by Penelope Broadbent   
Monday, 06 April 2009 06:29
My Two Cents | Halley MetcalfeNot yet having hit her mid-twenties and a member of generation Y, Halley Metcalfe says she always felt that she related better to her parents and grandparents than she did people her own age. Living for several years with her grandmother while in her late teens has provided plenty of awkward, frustrating and enlightening moments and in My Two Cents Metcalfe shares with the audience instances of each.

Metcalfe doesn’t shy away from the fact that there is a message behind her show. She is there to demonstrate that old people can be annoying, judgemental and forgetful, but whether you are of the generation that is hooked on on-line games and facebook or the generation that covers every possible household surface in doyleys, we are all just people, and rather than our age, it is our attitude that really matters.

Metcalfe’s most amusing stories include the devastation she experienced when her grandmother basically told her she was not allowed to have Will Smith’s babies; the nights she bonded with her grandmother over a bottle of scotch; and an explanation for why she never invited home a “gentleman caller” (it includes an unfortunately placed bed head, carefully arranged antique silver hair brushes and her grandmother’s night terrors.

Perhaps it’s the teacher in her, but she delivers some very well thought out (not to mention well rehearsed) material, without preaching at her audience. As was evident on this occasion, an intimate performance space suits Metcalfe. She engages in eye contact with her audience and projects a warmness that makes you smile before she’s really said anything funny.

The Ukulele Boys, a cheeky and musically talented couple of sixteen-year-old boys, bring Metcalfe down a peg or two should she overestimate (in their opinion) her own importance. The boys intermittently take over the stage and put her to work for them so that they can sing their own little ditties. Their material both defies and lives up to the stereotypes connected with various age groups within our community. Those of their own generation (angry and lazy) and those of ‘old’ people (dangerous drivers who nap all the time.) The nature of their performance brings a somewhat school skit quality to the show and depending on your mood you might find them cute or annoying but their role is crucial; they make Metcalfe the ‘oldie’ so that she is then projected as potentially annoying and boring herself, rather than the dangerously alienating one who knows all.

Metcalfe’s stories are cheeky but always affectionate. For anyone who has ever had their life touched by someone over sixty, Metcalfe’s stories will tug at more than just your vocal cords. Despite this, Metcalfe is well aware that this is a comedy show, and her re-enactment of her “cotton wool haired”grandmother putting on a roast while singing Salt and Pepper is a damn fine way of making sure her audience walk away smiling.


Halley Metcalfe
My Two Cents

Venue: Three Degrees | 1 QV Square, Cnr Swanston & Lonsdale Sts, Melbourne
Dates: 2 - 25 April
Times: Tue - Sat 6pm (no show 10 & 11)
Duration: 60 minutes
Tickets: Full $17, Concession $13
Bookings: 9639 6766 & at the door

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