Puppetry of the Penis

According to their website, Puppetry of the Penis was conceived by Simon Morley in 1996 as the title of a highbrow art calendar, showcasing twelve of his favourite penis installations (known as "Dick Tricks" to the uninformed layperson). He soon joined forces with David Friend, who began his own Dick Trick career in the bath and developed his skills further when he discovered beer in college.

The current show at the Athenaeum starts with a multi-media presentation of the success of the show over the last ‘dickade’, showing video footage of Simon and David on tour, performing and the audience reaction. Watching this footage, the crowd is in fits of laughter before Simon and David even walk on the stage and when they finally do, they get straight to the point.

Cloaks off, the boys bare all and video their bits at close range, projecting them on to a huge screen. They’ve got our attention.

They then demonstrate what they can do with their equipment - stretch them, bend them, put them through their legs, twist them, turn them and make them look like Yoda, a snail, wind sail, hamburger, hot dog or frightened turtle. There is nothing magic or mysterious about the show. The guys simply push and pull their penises to vaguely resemble a variety of shapes, objects, characters and animals and project close-ups of them on to a screen until people laugh. And they did. The audience loved every inch and second. It’s not everyone’s taste I am sure, but with several shows being performed simultaneously around the world, there is obviously a huge market for Simon and David’s special brand of entertainment.

The highlight of the night was when a volunteer was brought on stage to ‘give the boys a hand’. They chose a ‘nanna’ whose shocked expression and reaction added to the humour, when she assisted them with a trick - Simon stood on his hands, while nanna held his legs, causing her face to be far too close to his genitalia - all captured gloriously on camera in extreme close up.

The Puppetry of the Penis is about to embark on yet another regional tour of Australia and if dicks and their manipulation is your thing, don’t miss it!

A-List Entertainment
Puppetry Of The Penis
The Ancient Art of Genital Origami

Venue: Athenaeum Theatre | 188 Collins St, Melbourne
Dates: 12–13 Apr 2008
Times: Sat 7pm, Sun 6pm
Duration: 70 minutes
Prices: Full $34.90, Conc $29.90
Bookings: Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 | 9650 1500 & at the door

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