Gays of our Lives Midsumma Melbourne

‘Gays of our Lives’ improvised soap opera at Midsumma 2017

Four of the best gay improvisers are in town for Midsumma Festival to showcase their comedy skills in Gays Of Our Lives. There are hysterical breakdowns, face slaps, and meaningful/-less backward glances. Clenched fists, jutting jawlines and open-mouthed sighs. Confessions, theft, marriages of convenience, bribery, and drunken episodes. These are the days of our lives.

Showing at L1 Studio’s first floor warehouse space tucked in just off Elizabeth Street. A cute little pop up bar awaits you; visit the site’s restrooms upstairs and get a fab rooftop view of the city skyline at night, too.

L1 Studios is the perfect blank canvas for for the Gays of Our Lives crew to take the stage for an hour. Clad in black, these energetic lads add colour via both intrepid and vacuous storylines — made up on the spot — and told with a certain je ne sais quois attitude. Neither of the two improvised nights will be the same.

But it’s not only trivial soap that is on show here. Internationally-trained at Chicago’s famed QI complex, where improvisational performers the world over go, this team are experts at impromptu storylines with a queer twist.

Standard genre lines such as “So, you’ve come crawling back!…”, “I cant live without you…”, “ those days are over..”, to “ we should have seen it coming..” take you straight back to your afternoons killing time on the couch watching daytime television and the emotional succour it offered. Greek drama has nothing on this, and the boys whip up recognisable moments with pop-culture references such as standing in queues at the bank, phone-swiping, and hard rubbish.

A combination of stories included: bar fights, spurned-lover revenge chats, ‘private moments’, and awkward dinner parties. Bushland burials, fishing, and serving at McDonald’s as well as other ‘fucked up shit’! Each actor became his own character. One was laid back and deadpan, another verbally dextrous, yet another the neutral foil. Plus one  actor outdid a drunken Elizabeth Taylor as bad girl ‘Evil Sally’.

Told vivaciously through gesture, accent, physical comedy, and well-timed zaniness, the one-liners jump out at you. You will laugh hard and are encouraged to participate warmly. There is barely a spare moment — you get your money’s worth!

Get down into the city for an ironic chuckle but move quickly: seats have almost all sold for Saturday night.

Sarah W. is a dance-trained theatre lover with a flair for the bold, and non-traditional performance platforms. On the street or in the box seat, she is always looking for quality works that push the envelope.

Gays Of Our Lives runs Wed. 1 and Sat. 4 at L1 Studios, 1/377 Little Bourke Street, 9.30pm (60 mins). Book tickets now.
The venue is not wheelchair accessible.

Disclosure: The Plus Ones were the guests of Midsumma Festival.
Image credit: Midsumma Festival.