Wednesday, December 21, 2011

a little bit of inspiration

Well I have been abysmal at the blogging this year haven't I, too busy with the real life doing. Before I give the 2011 wrap up (which will take a while as it's been one action packed year) I wanted to share some of the images that are inspiring my new solo show...

'a little bit of standing up and a little bit of falling down'
a show about contentment

enjoy xx

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Girls Night Tour

I'm jetting off to sunny Bryon Bay tomorrow for a 3 night tour of Byron, Lismore and Currumbin with Cath Styles and 'Girls Night'. Killer line up of Lady funnies! booking details below.

Booking details for Girls Nights Qld Tour: 8pm Monday 7th Byron Services Club Booking: 07 6683 4334, 8pm Tuesday 8th Tatts Hotel Lismore 07 6621 4729 and 7.30pm Wednesday 9th Currumbin RSL bookings 07 5534 7999

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Rented Space gets into ITV Fest LA

If the 'Young Ones' and 'Red Dwarf' had made sweet love and then gave birth that child would be 'Rented Space'; a comedy sci fi television series about a bunch of guys who rent a share-houseboat in space in the not so distant future.

I Produced and performed in the pilot episode for Rented Space, which has just been accepted into the International Television Festival in LA and the writer/director Kai Smythe (of Sextyime!) are flying over to pitch up a storm to the US market.

We leave next week and we are in a flurry of fundraising, packing, arranging 'lunches' (that's actually what happens, 'let's do lunch'...I feel like a pro) and trying to find the perfect outfit for the red carpet!

We are holding a fundraiser for the trip in Melbourne, this Wednesday the 27th of July. There will be holding 3 screenings of the pilot and we will be selling original artwork from the production for the Send Rented Space to LA Fundraiser at Loop Bar, Meyers Place.

Get you tickets here

If you're keen to support the project but can't make it to the screening you can buy a DONATE ticket and leave your contact details and we will send you a signed copy of the poster!

You can also pledge a tax deductible donation through the AbaF Cultural Fund here

(and thus ends the almighty 3month drought of that's the longest I've ever gone! I will be back shortly with the full update on what's been happening, but it may take some time to write it all down ;)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Rip It Up Review

Halfway through Tessa Waters’ latest offering Sexytime!, I thought I was going to be sick. Two glasses of savy blanc, combined with 30 minutes of non-stop laughter, left my head feeling lighter than a helium balloon (which, incidentally, will be extinct in 40 years when all the Earth’s helium is used up).

Relief was far from sight; from the curious opening flourishes of the Adam and Eve interpretive dance, to the smouldering gazes of the closing ‘morning after’ scenario, Tessa Waters (as Woman) and Kai Smythe (as Man) owned the petite Town Hall stage.

Everyone is sure to find some echo of their own ‘sexytimes’ in this extremely physical comedy, whether it be the jaunty goodbye scene following a one-night stand or the hip-bumping mating dance to Mr President’s Coco Jambo that preceeded it. My advice? Go easy on the pre-drinks; and don’t sit in the front row if men fondling their belly buttons turns you off.

Final word: Salacious

Date: Sat 26th Feb 2011

Source: Reviewed by Jacquie Lee for Rip It Up Mag

Fringe Benefits Review

Alicia: You know what Emmica, I never thought I’d be able to say that I indulged in 45 minutes of great Sexytime at the Adelaide Town Hall – but now I can well and truly tick it off my bucket list!

Emmica: Agreed Alicia! You could say it was one of my more spontaneous nights but hey – you only live once!

A: Amen to that sister. Can’t say it’s every night that I find myself grinding against some sweaty guy wearing a tastefully tacky 70s shirt, bad 90s music pumping away. No – that’s just my weekends! Well hey, my weekend came early when ‘Man’ (Kai Smythe) grabbed me from the audience…it was a dream – as if all my Saturday nights had come at once – and that ain’t sarcasm babe!

E: It must have been very difficult for you not to get too excited over Man’s sweaty chest and impressive mo. Although you’ve just got to watch that sexy, vixen ‘Woman’ as she would be sure to start a cat fight…or perhaps invite you home…

A: Indeed she was fierce…in the fabulous ‘I am woman- hear me roar’ style. But hun, once Man saw me I am sure there was no argument in his mind – pity she had so much power over him, just a movement of her eyebrow and he was putty in her hands. Shame, I would have loved to get to ‘mo’ Man a bit better…get it…mo?!… Okay so that was a bad joke…

E: So on that exceptional dad joke, perhaps we should introduce the readers to the show properly? There’s only so much cheesiness one can take.

A: Cheesy? Us? Never! Well…probably…but I’m guessing our readers want to know what the heck is going on, so without further ado it’s probably time that we explained…

Sexytime is a brilliant Fringe show created and performed by the hilarious Tessa Waters, who plays Woman, and co-starring the alluring (a term used loosely) Kai Smythe as her counterpart, Man.

As the name implies this show is all about sex, sexy times and times of sex. It is most definitely not one for young kiddies but that is the only exclusion and restriction for this wonderfully open performance which celebrates a subject which is often still seen as taboo. There is dancing, miming, Tessa Waters’ fabulously indulgent acting and laughter around every corner. You will giggle like a school girl every time the word “sexytime” (or anything relating to sex) escapes Waters’ mouth – it’s all in the way that she says it.

Sexytime is a grand affair of comedic brilliance. The players’ interaction with the audience is seemingly improvised and the show includes anything but stereotypical “sex jokes”. It is completely unique and the characters portrayed are extremely original.

A: Emmica and I adored the show, but personally my only piece of criticism; I wanted longer lasting sexytime! Either that or we will just have to go again!

Date: Monday 7th March 2011

Source: By Alicia Norton and Emmica Schlobohm for Fringe Benefits

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Sexytime! Chortle Review

Tessa Waters and Kai Smythe are very brave. Not only because they are performing a comedy show with barely any words, but because they begin it with barely anything on. Where else to begin an exploration of sex, but with Genesis? In little more than flesh coloured underwear and leaves, they give us an amusing take on Adam & Eve. The leaves drop and reveal naughty bits drawn on with texta. It's sort of extreme version of the nude suits that Judith Lucy, Denise Scott and Linda Gibson used to wear, and it can be a bit confronting in the front row.

Tessa and Kai obviously have a very close relationship off stage, for they often get quite intimate. Between sketches their on-stage interaction reminds me of Die Roten Punkte, with Tessa's Germanic accent sealing this impression. Kai does not speak at all but still manages to create a fabulous sleazy persona. Their flirting with the audience has a consequence that surprises everyone when a girl's dad kisses Kai on the cheek. He reacts perfectly by going all coy, yet strangely delighted.

The show itself is a neat 50 minutes of silent skits set to music, all about sex. They tend to involve a lot of mime and interpretive dance, so if these aren't your thing, you might want to find some stand-up. Still if you stayed you might be pleasantly surprised. Tessa and Kai are hilarious at what they do. I enjoyed the armed combat with cardboard ‘penis and boob’ shield vs cardboard ‘cross with Bible’ shield, played out to the overdramatic strains of O Fortuna from Carmina Burana. Appropriate music if you know it is a celebration of sex, gambling and drinking written by some very naughty monks.

Their final and longest sketch presented all the awkward horrors and delights of a first date that lasts 'til morning. Stripped back down to their undies, the sweet ending mirrors the opening sketch but with an appropriately happier, healthier outcome. Not all the sketches are as brilliant, but their kooky characters are able to pull it all off – so to speak – and keep the audience in fits.

Date of live review: Saturday 26th Feb, '11

Review by Lisa Clark for

Friday, January 21, 2011

Sexytime in Adelaide

Tickets are now on sale for the Adelaide Fringe season of Sexytime! at the Adelaide Town Hall, Feb 18th to March 12th. So I thought it was about time we shared the spiffy artwork that Kai came up with for the flyers and posters (ooooh spiffy). He's doing some freelance design stuff this year, so if you're in need of posters, flyers, CD covers etc drop me a line and I'll hook you up.

Also the Holden Street Theatre crew, our hosts at this year, have just updated their website for the 2011 Fringe Season check it out here

Friday, January 7, 2011

2011 - New Ideas for a New Decade

Premiering at the 2011 Adelaide Fringe at Adelaide Town Hall (Prince Alfred Room), Kai Smythe and I will be playing a full season of physical comedy fun times, cannot wait. We follow this by a two week season at the Tuxedo Cat for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. And then we send out the touring pitches to see who else is interested in it.

OS trip Lady tour
Contemplating a New York and Europe visit for 'How to be Lady' in late 2011. I'd like to rework and tighten a few bits and get the set properly designed to be tour ready. I'm still loving performing the show, I really didn't think I would still love it so much after all this time, but I find new things and love when the good bits work every time. You become so familiar with the material and it is such a pleasure to hit the jokes perfectly and see the reaction. It makes you wonder about the laws of comedy, somethings are just universally funny as in they get laughter every time, and some things really depend on the crowd.

Rented Space
2011 sees Rented Space the sci fi comedy television series I am producing with writer/director Kai Smythe go into the next stage of development. Now we have the pilot finished, we need to pull together the 'Bible' which is a document that outlines the entire universe of the series; the characters, the series outline, the story structure, the 'world' in which the characters exists and how they interact with it. Then we need to inspire an experienced producer who really connects with the story, the concept and us and who will be willing to work to get it pitch ready for the networks. This stage requires, patience and planning and a lot more hard work...bring it!

Children's book
Something that's been sitting in the back of my head for a while is turning my 2006 clown ensemble show 'Baggage' into a children's book. I'd like to spend some time re-visiting this show, as I love the characters and the exploration of the concept of our emotional baggage and how we all need to let go to move forward. I also have a little idea called 'And then I met Lucy' which examines the concepts of growing up in a culture of fear. I'm really inspired by the books of Shaun Tan, Where the Wild Things Are, The Little Prince, and the beautiful work of Ghost Patrol..hmmm I would like a little hut by the beach to ponder on these for a while :)

The Great Depression Orchestra
Picture stumbling across a shanty town under a train bridge in the back streets of beyond. A small fire is burning weakly and the smell of a watery cabbage stew fills the air, a spider web of clothes lines, hanging sad old rags who have seen better days, is the background to a ramshackle junk band of hobos and tramps singing moving songs of longing, love, sorrow and escape from the 1930's depression era. The Great Depression Orchestra....coming soon.

The Trampettes

I want to re-discover my voice this year. I have great memories of singing with other girls all the old Andrew Sisters classics and I plan to re-visit this in 2011. Sharp sassy outfits, quick comic quips and smooth three part harmonies...well at least that's the plan. A bit of fun with some fellow talented performers :)

Gimme the cash!
Grants, donations, sponsorships, partnerships, lobbying, budgeting and yes even tax. In 2011 I am going to invest a significant time of each week to learning how to make and create the funds to do what inspires me. I am done with the day job, it's time to figure out how to create a balance with my work and creative life that sustains and feeds itself and grows and expands in line with what I have available to me and not from working myself into the ground and burning out every year.

I've been approached by a few fellow fringe artists to Direct shows in 2011, I'm excited by this idea and am really looking forward to hopefully bringing some inspiration to the collaborative experience.

On a personal level I will; create a home in which I love to be in every corner, cook delicious meals to nourish my body and spirit, host dinner parties, get fit and feel healthy, sing and perform with my voice, spend more time with those that I love, travel overseas and experience another culture, calm my mind and be happy...oh and dance lots...Whooo Happy New Year!!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

More Sexytime! pics

Here are more from the fun shoot we did with Rebekah Halls and Sorjeri Tane for Sexytime!