Scene News: Melbourne International Comedy Festival : Fairytale News

All the latest news and laughs from Fairy Tale News Network
School holidays will be full of laughs thanks to wit incorporated and Maribyrnong City Council. As part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Fairy Tale News brings all the laughs to children aged 2 to 102, in Bluestone Church Arts Space from 2 to 8 April.

Following the success of their free tickets giveaway for February’s production of Couch Potato, wit incorporated will again give local residents a chance to see a show for free. Locals can grab freebees to the preview performance on Friday 1 April by emailing wit incorporated (hello@witinc.com.au) with their name and address.

Who stole Granny’s basket of goodies? Can Prime Minister Humpty Dumpty recover from his fall in the polls? Will weatherman Pinocchio ever get the forecast right? And why do all the Disney Princess reporters look the same?

Fairy Tale News is a riotous look at Fairy Tale News Network’s Nightly Network News, Now. Hosts Hansel and Gretel take children and adults through a celebration of some of our favourite fairy tales, told through the lens of modern media.

Created by wit incorporated Artistic Director, Belinda Campbell, and tested on children and adults, this is 45 minutes of side-splitting laughter.

This fun, colourful and musical adventure centres on an investigation into Granny’s basket of goodies, with a cast of characters familiar to anyone who has ever opened a book of fairy tales.

Featuring some of Melbourne’s finest independent actors and full of toe-tapping songs, colourful costumes and jokes for all ages, this show will have audiences roaring with laughter. Children can even stay after the show to meet some of the characters!

Director and wit incorporated Company Manager, Jennifer Piper, says this show brings fairytales to life, then edits them for a broadcast-ready time-slot. “We love surprising and exciting our audiences, especially those who might be visiting the theatre for the first time,” she says. “Fairy Tale News brings classic fairy tales and a real-world setting crashing together, with hilarious results.”

Having trained as a broadcaster early in her career, Jennifer is well-suited to parody the news show format. “Like any workplace, there is a lot that goes on in a newsroom that already feels a bit like satire,” she says. “I look forward to celebrating the more ridiculous parts of children’s fiction and broadcast media, in a way that leaves audiences grinning until their faces hurt.”

Tickets on sale now at witinc.com.au/whats-on/ftn

Written by Belinda Campbell

Directed by Jennifer Piper

Fairy Tale NewsPerformed by Belinda Campbell, Sarah Clarke, Kim Ko, Jessica Lawrence, Mark Salvestro, Lee Quek

2, 3, 7, 8 April, 1&6pm
5 April, 5pm only
6 April, 6pm only

All tickets $25
4 person pass $70

Bluestone Church Art Space10A Hyde Street, Footscray

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