I would like to use the phrase “dissolved into madness” about the catastrophic carnage that takes place on the Lower Town Hall stage in the Melbourne Town Hall, but that would imply that there had been something more substantial of which to dissolve from.
Dr Brown and Sam Simmon’s, Ceremony is a dizzy, mad adventure of whimsy. Bursting into the audience full of gusto, Simmons revels in the nonsensical and somewhat aggressive form of slapstick comedy, shoving audience members and setting the outrageous tone from the get go.
Joined on stage by Dr Brown, (Phil Burgers) a sort of Jesus hybrid; in full stage make up, robes, socks and sandals, the two oscillate between schoolboy conflicts and uncomfortable intimacy.
Using a wide spectrum of props, from sandwiches to a very realistic toy pony, the two “men” storm their way through Ceremony with all the decorum of a fart in a bathtub.
The show doesn’t tiptoe past the concept of the absurd, rather takes pride in all that is bizarre and runs amok with it. Certainly not a show for those prudish of heart or sensitive to audience participation, Ceremony is glorious fun that will have you in a constant state of hysterics and terror that you might be the next victim brought on stage to run an errand or make a sandwich (no, really).
Token Events and DON'T BE LONELY present
Dr Brown & Sam Simmons
Venue: Melb Town Hall - Lower Town Hall | Cnr Swanston & Collins Sts, Melbourne
Dates: 26 March – 5 April, 2015
Tickets: $35 – $28
Bookings: 1300 660 013 | comedyfestival.com.au