INTERNATIONAL ACTS ANNOUNCED

Up With Joey (Los Angeles)
America’s Favourite Rollerblading Lounge Act

In the USA Joe Sehee has worked with Jack Black, Will Ferrell and Wayne Newton. He now brings his wacky rollerblading lounge act (think Richard Cheese with a dash of Neil Armstrong) and flamboyant band to Alex Theatre, St Kilda.

Told through the unique perspective of a former Jesuit lay minister and comedic performance artist, UP WITH JOEY is a testament to what can happen when one musters the courage to reach for the stars with little regard for the ground below.

Alex Theatre, Level 1, 135 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
8.15pm Friday 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June
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Speak Easy (New York / Japan / Perth)
This massive award-winning show comes to us from Perth and includes two international guest artists.

Mat Jodrell (trumpet, New York) has performed in many world-famous jazz clubs in New York City, toured internationally and has collaborated with many ensembles and jazz icons.

Aside from a formidable jazz background, James Cross (trombone, Tokyo) has extensive musical theatre experience, including performing with Tony award winning Broadway star Faith Prince, and Australia's own Phantom of the Opera, Anthony Warlow.

For Speak Easy, they form part of the nine-piece Perth Cabaret Collective, who with Jessie Gordon and Nick Maclaine will take you to the Jazz Age, the Roaring Twenties, a world of hedonistic pleasure where anything is possible.

Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran
7.00pm Friday 26 and Saturday 27 June
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Not Dead Yet (London)
At 80, it won’t come as a surprise that award-winning Lynn-Ruth Miller is the oldest performer in this year’s festival. We take this to mean she’s got the meatiest tales to tell. Check her out in this video.

The Butterfly Club, Carson Place, CBD (off Little Collins St)
Various times, Wednesday 24 to Saturday 27 June
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We're keeping it fresh

30 new shows never before seen in #Melbourne.

Presenting 'fresh faces' - we've wooed the best & brightest talent across the country who have never appeared in our festival in prior years.

We're expanding to two new, exciting venues - the Alex Theatre in St Kilda and the The Melba Spiegeltent in Collingwood.

We're giving the main theatre at Chapel Off Chapel and the Studio at Alex Theatre makeovers by creating cosy cabaret salons.

To match the 'keeping it fresh' theme, we've refreshed the logo, branding and website.

What do you think of when you see a strawberry dipped in chocolate? Indulgence? Extravagance? A treat? These are all experiences the festival is offering!