Wow. Busy month. Did anyone else happen to catch a young troupe at Trades called Vigilantelope? I went in knowing nothing and was preparing myself for the possibility it could be patchy and undergraduate. I came out thinking this could well have been the best show of the festival (that I'd seen anyway). And I caught the Barry winners (The Pajama Men) on the first night of the fest and was convinced there was no way anything could top them this year. I think I was proven wrong on the final night. Astonishing, face-hurtingly hilarious, utterly ridiculous (while still maintaining a coherent story - a problem that so many other acts with absurdist leanings struggle with), amazing writing and even better formation dancing. Where the hell did these kids come from? It's probably not a big call to predict they'll have their own ABC/SBS show within two years, which is slightly jealousy-inducing.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
October 10, 2009
This story was found at: http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2009/10/09/1255019610581.html
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
MELBOURNE. PAY ATTENTION.
The Fringe Festival is imminent and YOU MUST SEE VIGILANTELOPE'SSHOW "THE TALE OF THE GOLDEN LEASE", and no, that is not a recommendation, it is a fucking ORDER the damn world will END IF YOU DO NOT SEE THIS SHOW and do you really want that on your conscience NO YOU DO NOT.
We saw this at the Comedy Festival last April. It was a last minute 'what the hell' ticket buy, based on a passing recommendation. I think we saw around five comedy shows all up, Danny Bhoy and Jason Byrne included, and this was the best show of the whole festival, by miles and miles. In fact, it remains the best show I've been to all year. It was spectacularly funny, clever, absurd, with dancing and singing and tomfoolery and, and, you know I am not capable of the lyrical waxing necessary to do these guys justice. It was that fucking OARSUM. Quotes have stayed with us and randomly tossing them out is enough to reduce us to tears STILL.
Tickets are cheap. Opening night is 2 for 1. 2 for 1! Take your friends. Take your cat. Just do something in character and go. Do something out of character and go.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
"Final special mention goes to Vigilantelope, a bunch of ridiculously fun dudes from the local revue scene, whose show also scored a Gibbo Nomination and had people in high places saying all sorts of awesome things. I think I actually slapped my thigh whilst watching their show - piss funny wouldn’t begin to describe it. Stay tuned for a return season from these guys."
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
So, the comedy festival is well and truly over, and we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your ongoing support for the group, the show, and independent comedy.
This was our first comedy festival, and we never anticipated that it would go so well. A sold out season, a Golden Gibbo Award nomination, great reviews, and wonderful audiences made this an absolute dream run. Without you, it would have just been a run. A long, strenuous run with a niggling ankle injury along an uninspiring suburban route. So thankyou. You are the best.
Vigilantelope is now gearing up for a few exciting projects. Expect to hear more from us in the coming weeks about upcoming Vigilantelope appearances.
We are also excited to announce that we are planning an encore season of "Tale of the Golden Lease" for the Melbourne Fringe Festival this year. So if you, your mum, or any of your friends missed out, this will be your last chance to see the show that for one reviewer "…ultimately restored [his] faith in the art of comedy, theatre and performance." (The Pun) Details about the Fringe run of the show will be posted here as they become available.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Tale of the Golden Lease
Fresh from the Monash Comedy Law Revues comes Vigilantelope (Vachel Spirason, Joel Tito, Nick Russell, Tim McDonald and Pat Miller) with their show Tale of the Golden Lease. It told the story of the dispute of Earth’s lease with Father Time and the ensuing journey of a courier and two humans through various dimensions to find the document before Satan’s minions.
Working with a bare stage, they made creative use of lighting and sound effects to transport the audience to the different locales in the play. In a similar act of economy, they kept the props and costuming basic, often using only a hat to switch between characters. The only costuming of some substance was the brilliant one used to portray Vishnu. This bare bones approach was a necessity as each of the five actors was required to play multiple wacky beings, so we weren’t left staring at a darkened stage for too long between scenes.
The script was punchy and crammed a lot of story into the hour. The characters were completely over the top and made use of plenty of witty wordplay, nonsensical concepts and surprising visual gags to keep the hilarity at a high level that never wavered. A number of clever pop culture references added to the fun and a subtext echoing the current financial climate made this a quite topical show in spite of the lashings of whimsy.
The team threw themselves around the stage with great enthusiasm and bounced off each other effortlessly. Their five years working together certainly showed as they pulled off an almost seamless performance which the audience lapped up.
There were a number of big musical numbers that were not only amusing in content but regularly featured a troop of dancers to add some zaniness. These background elements of humour were subtle enough not to take away from the song, they were little funny things occurring in the peripheral. Dancing featured heavily in the show not just as a way of jazzing things up, but as an interesting and surreal plot point. All five joined in on some tightly choreographed and hilarious routines, mugging the whole time.
The Tale of the Golden Lease was a brilliantly rollicking show that had the audience in hysterics. It proved that the University Revues are still a fertile ground for top comedic talent.
Visit the Comedy@Trades Website for booking details.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Yes! Vachel from Vigilantelope came second on Tuesday in the Victorian State Final of Raw comedy. Ripper stuff. When all the state finals are complete, Raw will release the names of those who will proceed to the national final. Fingers crossed! Details about the National Final on the 19th of April can be found here.