More from Melbourne Fringe – Pretty Peepers – An Untraditional Cabaret

Very proud to see one of my good friends from High School now starring in a cabaret show with a difference at the 2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival. The character Betty Grumble and a few of her friends are putting on this amazing show as part of the festival which runs until October 6th in Melbourne.

Buy tickets at:

Showing at: Fringe Hub – Main Theatre, Lithuanian Club

Times: 7.30pm (60min), 1-5th October 2013

Visit them on Facebook:

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See more information in the Press Release and check out the fab photos from the crew.

Pretty Peepers – An Untraditional Cabaret            

Presented by Glitta Supernova

Sydney’s original underground freak show Pretty Peepers, takes on Melbourne Fringe festival for five explosive shows.

Pretty Peepers, the grotesquely gorgeous variety show where parody is the recipe for fun & fury. Its spooky characters, adult illusion & absurd strip art as you’ve NEVER seen it before. Glitta Supernova steers a beautiful demented trip into the underbelly of the human psyche.

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Peepers own special brand of camp comedy & absurd theatre is dished with lavish servings of humor, nudity & pizzazz then bluntly diced with the absolute unexpected.

Watch in awe as Glitta Supernova steers a beautiful demented trip into the underbelly of the human psyche, say Aahh as Peepers own special brand of camp comedy & absurd theatre is dished with lavish servings of humor, nudity & pizzazz, squeal as its bluntly diced with the absolute unexpected…

Infamous in Sydney’s underground as the “artist’s artist” Glitta Supernova mashes the best of Sydney’s established & emerging performers, pushing their creative boundaries of expression in experimental performance art with an ethos in the spirit of non-censorship.

With past special and surprise guests the likes of Amanda Palmer (USA), Panty Bliss (Ireland), & Christa Hughes (Machine Gun Fellatio, AUS) Pretty peeper’s rings true to the spirit of the “old European cabaret” with a wink to the social climate of today.

Receiving the ABC Performance Award @ this year’s Perth Fringe world (2nd Runner-up) “Pretty Peepers the Untraditional Cabaret” returns Melbourne with a brand new 1 hour show that’s set to open minds and legs!

Relevant, sizzling, enlightening and repulsive this is a show night not to be missed.

“Not lady-gaga-bizarre, real bizarre, the kind of shit that takes true balls. Burlesque with acne, larger than life, apocalyptic sexual bravery, crashing-train-and-plane level stuff” Amanda Palmer”

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– “Pretty Peepers Cabaret is taking the festival season as an opportunity to bring its revolutionary performance night to new and unexplored places” Gay News Network 2013.


-“It’s a little bit naughty, dirty and cheeky and that’s what people love about it” rebeccalakenews/The site in all the land”

The World Record Show at Melbourne Fringe

I attended this silly silly show the other night. And laughed myself silly.

The show is entirely based around fun and of course the very true and real, World Records.

Ok, some are not so real and some are made up on the spot. Some even include audience participation.

I at one point laughed for an entire minute whilst one of the participants, Dave Warneke, did more than 200 underarm farts whilst being filmed closely in his deep concentration. He for the record, BROKE THE RECORD!

Is it ridiculous? YES!

Is it funny? YES!

Is it a must see for the fringe? HELLS YES! Get there!

Buy tickets:

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See details in their Press Release below!

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An unpredictable late night comedy show that will see Adam Knox and Dave Warneke competing to break stupid World Records live on stage. Six shows that could literally make the record books!

Each show will also feature special guest comedians attempting to break records. The shenanigans will be adjudicated by resident record judge Andy Matthews.

Performed and Devised by Adam Knox, Dave Warneke and Andy Matthews

CHARLIE A’COURT Australian Tour October 2013

I had the pleasure earlier this year of meeting this amazing Canadian musician, Charlie A’Court and now I get to work with him on his upcoming Australian Tour. See some info about the tour and tour dates below! Don’t miss him in an Aussie city near you. 

I’ll be at a few of the Sydney shows, the Melbourne show and the Sydney Blues and Roots Festival

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If you go down to the crossroads of roots and soul, you’ll find singer, songwriter and guitarist Charlie A’Court, whose honest purpose in life is to connect people, one emotion at a time. This coming October, Australia will once again be graced with the presence of Canadian artist Charlie A’Court. A’Court returns with his electric and acoustic mix of fabulous guitar riffs, booming vocals and soaring melodies as he continues promotion for his album ‘Sun Is Gonna Shine’ whilst touring the nation with Australian Blues legends Dave Hole and Pete Cornelius.


Fearlessly bridging genres and challenging stylistic conventions, A’Court has toured Canada and abroad, with headline performances at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival (CAN), Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival (CAN), Kerrville Folk Festival (USA) and Woodford Folk Festival (AUS). A’Court has shared the stage with high profile artists including James Cotton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Thorogood, Harry Manx, Martin Sexton, Delbert McClinton, Colin James and Dan Aykroyd, Ian Moss, Diesel, and Ray Beadle.


Winner of the 2003 Best Blues Artist for his debut album ‘Color Me Gone’, 2007 East Coast Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year and 2007 Music Nova Scotia Blues Recording of the Year for his album ‘Bring On The Storm’, Charlie A’Court has walked the line between blues and adult contemporary and is synonymous with impassioned performances that grip an audience the very moment he takes the stage. His 2009 release, ‘Live At The Marigold’, was nominated for Blues Recording of the Year and Male Solo Recording of the Year, while earning him the honour of being named Nova Scotia’s top entertainer at the 2009 Music Nova Scotia Awards.

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A’Court has harnessed influences from B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins and Albert King and channeled his inspiration into his latest recording, ‘Sun Is Gonna Shine’ which was winner of the 2103 East Coast Music Awards for both R&B/Soul Recording of the Year and Blues Recording of the Year, and is currently nominated for 2013 Blues Recording of the Year at the upcoming Music Nova Scotia Awards.


This tour will begin on Saturday the 5th of October at the Great Southern Blues Festival in Narooma followed by several dates with Pete Cornelius. A’Court will then join Dave Hole on his tour beginning at The Governor Hindmarsh in Adelaide after which A’Court will head back to Sydney from Friday the 25th of October for three consecutive days at The Sydney Blues & Roots Festival in Windsor. A’Court returns to The Sydney Blues & Roots Festival after wowing the ever-expanding audiences at last year’s festival where he made such an impression, he came out as the top merchandise seller at the festival. Continuing on with Hole, A’Court will head to the Central Coast, Newcastle, Sawtel and will finalise the tour at The Heritage Hotel in Bulli on Sunday the 3rd of November.  

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Australian Tour October 2013


Saturday 5th October 2013: Great Southern Blues Festival – Narooma (NSW)


Wednesday 9th October 2013: The Brass Monkey – Cronulla (NSW)

With Pete Cornelius
Tickets from the Venue 02 9544 3844 or


Thursday 10th October 2013: The Vanguard – Newtown (NSW)

With Pete Cornelius

Ph: 02 9557 9409 or


Saturday 12th October 2013: The Heritage Hotel – Bulli (NSW)

With Pete Cornelius

Ph: 02 4284 5884 or


Sunday 13th October 2013: The Bunker (Coogee Diggers) – Coogee (NSW)

Tony Cini’s Blues Explosion With The JHD Revival Band

Ph: 02 9665 4466  –


Wednesday 23rd October 2013: The Governor Hindmarsh – Adelaide (SA)

With Dave Hole

Ph: (08) 8340 0744 or


Thursday 24th October 2013: The Corner – Richmond (VIC)

With Dave Hole

Ph: (03) 9427 9198 or


Friday 25th, Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th October 2013: Sydney Blues & Roots Festival – Windsor (NSW)


Saturday 26th October 2013: Lizotte’s – Central Coast (NSW)

With Dave Hole

Ph: (02) 4368 2017 – Tickets:


Sunday 27th October 2013: Lizotte’s – Newcastle (NSW)

With Dave Hole

Ph: (02) 4956 2066 – Tickets:


Wednesday 30th October 2013: The Brass Monkey – Cronulla (NSW)

With Dave Hole
Tickets from the Venue 02 9544 3844 or


Thursday 31st October 2013: The Bridge Hotel – Rozelle (NSW)

With Dave Hole



Friday 1st November 2013: C.ex Coffs Harbour (NSW)

With Dave Hole

Ph: 02 6652 3888 or


Saturday 2nd November 2013: Wauchope Arts Council Hall – Wauchope (NSW)


Sunday 3rd November 2013: The Heritage Hotel – Bulli (NSW)

With Dave Hole

Ph: 02 4284 5884 or




Proud to be working on this great show for #MelbourneFringe! Make sure to come along!


Returning to the Melbourne Fringe Festival this year, Darkness and Light is a show for those who like their comedy a little on the real side.  Darkness and Light will run at The Tuxedo Cat from September 18 to 24 at 7pm each night, 6pm on Sundays.

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Darkness and Light brings together a fusion of funny people using a combination of stand-up, and stunning storytelling, to uncover the comedy gold that lurks beneath some of their darkest days. This is not about making light of a serious issue, it’s to demonstrate how darkness and light can co-exist in our lives and we can persevere.

Anyone who’s ever experienced bullying, mental illness, racism, coming out, grief, chronic illness, substance misuse, a broken heart, or just a really bad day will find they’re not the only ones, as some of the Fringe Festival’s top comics (and some very special international guests) share their very personal postcards from the edge.

Often confronting, but always funny, the Darkness and Light line-up changes every night, and features a stellar selection of comics, including:

Dave Thornton, Luke McGregor, Girls Uninterrupted, Ben Lomas, Laura Davis and Cat Commandr, and also our regular D & L story-joke masters Richard McKenzie, Bart Freebairn, Lori Bell, Nath Valvo, Simon Taylor, Morven Smith, Geraldine Hickey, Bryan Lynagh, Cy Fahey, Charles Barrington, and more!

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Bart Freebairn

*Check Melbourne Fringe website for nightly line-up.

We invite you step into the dark side, and see the light!

“Four stars!” The Herald Sun

“An incredible show and a great concept; each night different comedians get up and tell their true stories of when things maybe weren’t going so great for them. It results in some powerful storytelling and deeply touching moments, but also a chance to laugh at life’s twists and turns. Seeing this show was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend checking it out. Four stars.” The Funny Tonne

“Darkness and Light was an important and deeply satisfying evening. I came away feeling uplifted. I strongly suggest people go and support this show. It needs to be performed again and again: opening people’s minds, opening people’s hearts.” Glass Wings

The maginificent Richard McKenzie. Have you heard his stuff about his Dad? You should.

The maginificent Richard McKenzie. Have you heard his stuff about his Dad? You should.


Venue: Tuxedo Cat, 277 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

Dates: 18-24 September 4, 13 Times: 7pm, Sundays 6pm

Tickets: Full $24, Concession $18, Group (4 or more) $18

Bookings: and at the door

Opening Night Melbourne Fringe 2013

Opening Night Melbourne Fringe 2013

Artist Line Up:

Wednesday 18 September: Geraldine Hickey, Cath Styles, Mark Trenwith, Bryan Lynagh

Thursday 19 September: Luke McGregor, Cath Styles, Simon Keck, Richard McKenzie, Laura Davis

Friday 20 September: Cath Styles, Cy Fahey, Bart Freebairn, Lori Bell

Saturday 21 September: Dave Thornton, Cath Styles, Nath Valvo, Richard McKenzie

Sunday 22 September:  Simon Taylor, Cath Styles, Martin Dunlop, Sean Bedlam, Morven Smith

Monday 23 September:  Charles Barrington, Cath Styles, Cat Commandr, Nellie White

Tuesday 24 September:  Girls Uninterrupted, Cath Styles, Ben Lomas, Diana Nguyen, Neil Sinclair

Created and Produced by Cath Styles

4 year anniversary of a life changing event

4 years ago today I broke my back.

I had fractured 2 vertebrae, T11 and L1, and was sent off to Hospital a day later. I did this doing the thing I love!!! Snow boarding!
A week in hospital, 10 weeks in a back brace and 3-6  months of Physio, personal trainers and pilates.

Emma with broken back in October 2009

Emma with broken back in October 2009

4 years on and I am fit, healthy and strong. I have just spent a weekend at the snow with Disabled Wintersports Australia (DWA) helping people with acquired Spinal chord injuries. These people through various accidents unfortunately have had a permanent injury. However, they are out there, giving things a go and had an amazing weekend skiing with us at Falls Creek! These guys are amazing and give me so much hope and faith that if worst came to worst, you can still do what  you want – you just have to adapt!

I’ve also climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, Trekked for 4 days to Machu Picchu, travel to 15 or more countries and started a blog, Twitter account and my business Lovelly Communications. A life changing an event can give you a kick in the butt to live life to the max and really teach you, you can do anything!


Here I am, enjoying my happiness, the snow!

Emma at Falls Creek with DWA September 2013
Emma at Falls Creek with DWA September 2013

This is one of our incredible DWA participants – he was guided in the Mountain Man/ Bi ski for his first ever time on snow and was calling turns on his own! It was amazing to see and he we had so much fun all together! These guys are awesome! I’m loving volunteering with this amazing organisation and have learnt so much!

Guiding with DWA

Guiding with DWA


See more details of my injury. in the Press Release below (Written by Emma Lovell (Me) when on painkillers in a hospital bed:



IMMEDIATE RELEASE 05 September 2009


 Sydney, NSW: Miss Emma Lovell of Sydney, NSW, has broken her back during a snowboarding accident on Thursday, 03 September 2009 at Thredbo Resort in the Australian Snowy Mountains.

Lovell was competing in the 2009 Australian University Snow Sports Competition held at Thredbo when she had the accident. Lovell was competing for the University of Technology of Sydney Team and this was to be her final event. Lovell was practicing on the high noon run for the slope style competition when she fell on the hard and compacted snow and injured herself.

“I didn’t feel that well that day, but I wanted to compete for my team” Said Lovell. “I told myself to “man up” and attempted a jump which was most difficult, and I literally fell short.”

Miss Lovell hit the jump at a good pace but buckled in the air and landed in an upright seated position. She instantly knew she had done severe damage. Lovell screamed until she was approached by a fellow competitor with her primary fear being someone else coming over the jump and landing on her. The course was closed and Lovell was attended to by Ski patrol.

After being carried down the hill in the banana boat and on a back support, Lovell was taken to the medical centre for x-rays. She was informed that there were 2 probable fractures in her vertebrae and she was one of 40-50 a season who break their back at the Thredbo resort alone each year.


Lovell was allowed to walk out of the clinic and given the advice of minimal movement and strong pain killers with a Cat scan upon her return to Sydney.

After a Cat Scan in Sydney’s St George Hospital it was confirmed that Lovell has a fractured L1 and T11 vertebrae. The injuries are of no risk to her spine, however neurologists at the Hospital have suggested the utmost care be taken in her road to recovery. Miss Lovell will remain in St George Hospital until she is fitted with a back brace on Monday.

The Thredbo Medical Clinic’s advice has been found to be somewhat relaxed and inappropriate for the degree of Miss Lovell’s injuries.

After more than 6 hours in the car, Lovell was met by her mother and taken to her local GP.

“Miss Lovell should never have been allowed to walk after her accident. An ambulance should have been called and the Cat scan done immediately. Her injuries concern me greatly and I am very unhappy withThredbo Medical Center’s lackadaisical approach to the situation” Stated Dr Brookes, Miss Lovell’s family GP.

“I’ve been pretty frightened and the flashbacks of the accident really scare me. I just know that I am a very lucky girl as my injuries could have been far worse.” Says Lovell reflectively.

The Slope Style course for the Australian Snow Sports Competition event appears to have been dangerous and of a high level of difficulty as Miss Lovell was not the only one to injure herself that morning. Fellow UTS team member, Andy Cholinski, shattered and dislocated his elbow only minutes after Lovell’s fall, causing a line up for the students to get into the medical centre. Just one hour later, another UTS female snowboarder, Kate Versey, came off a jump badly and has also broken her back, including three fractured vertebrae.

UTS race managers raised the point at the end of games meeting, stating that these accidents should not have happened and that the conditions were unfavorable for a University level competition.

Lovell is thankful for the support of her University, family and friends and is just hoping to have some company during her hospital visit.

Even after such an ordeal, Lovell hasn’t been deterred from the extreme sport she loves “ At least now I have time to plan next year’s trip to New Zealand! I love Snowboarding and there is no way this experience will hold me back.”

For further information contact Emma Lovell on mobile or email.


Media contact:  Emma Lovell

PR consultant

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