The Plus Ones – About


The Plus Ones’ focus is on authentic reviews of events and experiences. We tell you how great it was so that you can go.


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Our Story:

Meet Rukmal D.
And Theresa W.

The Plus Ones love telling you about events. It’s a natural urge — they can’t help themselves. After several years of creating events and mentioning every happening in town to their friends, Theresa and Rukmal realised that there must be something to this. They combed through their respective calendars and realised that they’d been to a combined 400 events per year for several years!

‘Let’s just make a calendar and send our friends to it so they quit asking us what to do.’ The Plus Ones was born! After a very brief period of time, event organisers started inviting The Plus Ones to their events. Holy crap, the site was paying for their social lives. What a deal! But what more could The Plus Ones do? They could write event reviews and guides. Then people started reading The Plus Ones’ articles and recommendations — lots of people.

Things have changed a lot since the early days. The one thing that hasn’t is The Plus Ones’ sense of FOMO. Now with a small army of journalists and keen event-goers throughout Melbourne, we help event organisers and brands all over town.

Join our community on Facebook, InstagramTwitter & Meetup, and sign up to become a VIP. Come to events and make sure you say hi — we always love to meet our followers. And if you ever find events that we’re not across, tell us. There’s nothing we love more than showcasing a great event.

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The Plus Ones Melbourne team:

On any given day our talented group of writers are spread across Melbourne covering this city’s best events.

Melbourne Specialists Team:

  • Corey M. Glamuzina is a Melbourne-based performer and writer with an avid involvement in the art of theatre and film.
  • Duncan C. was the most illegible bachelor in town, but times have changed, although he is still a purveyor of Melbourne’s surprising, quirky, and cultural events.
  • Jenny Schmidt is an event addict. She earned a BFA in theatre and has participated in arts festivals on three different continents (plus a couple of islands). When she’s not attending live shows, you can find her sampling the latest craft beer or sipping a classic cocktail.
  • Ember is an American turned Aussie. Her love affair with Melbourne goes back three years, and she still can’t get enough of this city! Discovering new hideouts and hidden gems around Melbourne is her hobby. Marketing Strategist by day, spontaneous adventurer, brekky enthusiast and aerial acrobat by night.
  • Maloti writes about art and music.
  • Sarah Wallace is the Theatre and Arts Specialist for The Plus Ones, Melbourne.  A performing arts and English literature graduate of VCA, UOM and Deakin Universities, she has a flair for bold, non-traditional performance, and is an active contributor to The Melbourne Shakespeare Society. A regular Info Services Member at The Melbourne Writers Festival, on the street, or in the box seat, she is always looking for quality works that push the envelope.
  • Tomas Zagoda is a filmmaker, writer, coffee addict and tall person who does not play basketball. You can follow him @TomasZagoda.

Melbourne Journalists Team and Alumni:

  • Ara Sarafian is a writer and editor. He’s been published in The Lifted Brow, The Conversation, and The Big Smoke. He works as an online editor for the ABC. Find him at @Ara_Sarafian.
  • Amber Bock, a recent graduate of Performing Arts at Monash University hopes you enjoy her review as much as she enjoys writing.
  • Anna E. is a Melburnian bike-rider, coffee-drinker, and dog-lover who is always up for trying new experiences. You might find her balancing on a slackline, training for a triathlon, or building a terrarium.
  • Anoosha is a blogger, writer, and obsessive tea-drinker.
  • Brenton Spink is a social Melburnian who loves a good feed, drink, dance, and other related shenanigans. Find him on Twitter at @SoSpinky.
  • Charli W. is a creative writer, food lover, and Harry Potter aficionada in her last year of a History degree. She is sure she will find a way combine these things one day, to great success. If not, she’ll pack up and become a bartender somewhere in the Caribbean with a fabulous year-round tan.
  • Christian G. is an international man of mystery, book and cat lover; moonlighting as a finance professional by day.
  • Claudia B. is a German/Kiwi graphic designer and illustrator who has been living and working in Melbourne for the last four years. She enjoys a good glass of whiskey and the occasional pole dancing class.
  • Daniela Koulikov is a freelance writer who loves meditation and animals of all ages.
  • Emmanuella Grace is a singer, songwriter and voice and performance coach, currently based in Melbourne. She has lived in France, England and Norway, loves wine, cheese, cats and a good debate.
  • Erwan B. is a French/Australian video editor but mostly waiter, avid reader, and wanna-be writer who tends to go out too much for his own good. As a French person, he does walk around with croissants and baguettes.
  • Jasmin Ashton is a PR student and designer from Melbourne who has a lot of feelings about pretty much everything. Find her at @Jasmanna.
  • Jo Rittey is a freelance writer and French teacher caught up in the myth she can cram as much as possible into every day, devouring life like a large crème brûlée.
  • Katie Marsh is now celebrating her one year anniversary in Melbourne after having moved from sunny Perth. Overwhelmed by the choice of things to do in Melbourne, she often wonders why it took so long to move here.
  • Lee Gal is an Israeli tea fan who absolutely loves living in Melbourne. Follow along with her on Naturalee.
  • Lena Todorovski is typical Melbourne human: likes to wear black and complain about the weather.
  • Libby Curran is a freelance writer, craft beer nut, and lover of all things food. She can usually be found eating and drinking her way around Melbourne, or writing about any deliciousness she’s recently encountered.
  • Lisa Martin is a lover of music, words and frolicking in the garden. She’s also an avid people watcher and a qualified teacher who doesn’t teach.
  • Maddie Kilby is a freelance writer amongst many vocations and is the type of person who gets bored easily and likes to find herself in weird places doing weird things. You can follow her at @MadKil6.
  • Matt M. is a mad scientist by day and beer connoisseur by night. When he’s not devouring a new set of craft beers you will find him in a dankly lit room plotting his approach at the next alcohol-related festival.
  • Nicole Mazga is a law student from Canada currently learning how to make the world a better place in Melbourne. When she’s not in the books you can find her consuming any cultural event she can get her hands on.
  • Ruth Saxon is an arts student who is currently busy establishing her accessories label in Melbourne after moving here from Perth (all roads…). She enjoys Pavlov’ing over fashion she couldn’t possibly hope to afford and sampling all that Melbourne has to offer in food and drink (and music and art…Melbourne huh!?).
  • Rachel Smith enjoys all that Melbourne has to offer, from theatre, vegan dining and comedy, to thought-provoking public seminars. Having lived in several Melbourne suburbs, as well as interstate and overseas, the vibrant city of Melbourne is home and Rachel loves sharing its gems.
  • Tali Caspi is a mildly obsessive film buff, creative writer, and urban explorer interested in all things arty, odd, and interesting. Follow her musings on Twitter @thestoryroom.
  • Tom Bensley is a freelance writer in Melbourne who reviews anything he attends, watches, or reads. It’s a compulsion, really. Follow him @TomAliceBensley.

The Plus Ones operates under a 100% disclosure policy. That means if we were invited — or even if we won tickets — we’ll always tell you.

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Our logo was created by graphic designer Claudia Bergsdorf.