My exciting new solo show Happy-Go-Wrong will have its development season this May as part of La Mama Explorations 2019. This show is not only experimental artistically, but also physically for me with my chronically ill body. It’s my first time back on stage with a new work in years. I’m very proud. It’s a beautiful gem of a show which is driven by my own real-life navigation of struggle and mortality through my illness and the extraordinary resilience which us humans often don’t realise we have in us until we are put to the test. As is my Andi way, the show blends physical theatre with clowning and plunges deep into existentialism, while remaining a comedy with pathos. I promise you’ll have as much fun as you will meaningful reflection with this one! It’s on Fri 17th, Sat 18th & Sun 19th May, 7:30pm at The Burrow, Fitzroy and you can book HERE.
I have recently completed a 6-week clown training course with the Melbourne Community Clown Troupe, headed by the fantastic Liz Skitch at Westside Circus. As a physical performer with loads of comedy experience, I took to this training like a clown to a red nose, literally. I find it so useful as a theatre-maker to experience many different performance styles and clowning is definitely a growing passion of mine. Sometimes, the simple and seemingly silly can reveal humanity on a scale far greater than any complex drama. This is why I find clowning so wonderfully deceiving in its power.
Once again, #DearDiary has enjoyed sell-out shows and further critical acclaim during its June encore season at The Butterfly Club. The Age's Entertainment Guide even featured the show in its Top 20 Things To Do in Melbourne. Click the links below to read some of the interesting articles and listen to radio interviews of Andi talking about the unique nature of the show and its extraordinary ongoing journey.
Schoolgirl's diary shared on stage via Herald Sun/Whitehorse Leader
#DearDiary in The Shortlist Top 20 via The Age
Five Pearls of Wisdom from Andi Snelling's Teenage Diary via Scenestr
#DearDiary Interview via SYN FM
#DearDiary Interview via WYN FM (click on 19th May)
#DearDiary Interview via The Australia Times
Meet Andi Snelling via Scribble Creative
This is my 5th year in a row of performing in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival! YAY! This year, I'm doing Cliffhanger with my impro comedy group, The Big Hoo-Haa Melbourne. And for my first show of the Festival, I won Cliffhanger with my improvised Children's Musical "Stick Town." Who knew sticks could prove such a vote-worthy storyline with a comedy audience?! Here's me holding the winner's trophy, which is almost bigger than my ego! Come check us out every Tues, Thurs & Sat of the Festival, 10pm-11pm at The Butterfly Club. Book here.
I've just finished a dream run of my debut solo show, #DearDiary at The Butterfly Club as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015. I am blown away by the extraordinary response which I have received, from complete strangers tracking me down to let me know how much the show affected them, to an Opening Night standing ovation, to the post-show foyer buzz, to the wonderful reviews. Here are links to some of the reviews:
★★★★ "Snelling has so much material to draw on, and is so skilled at getting the audience onside, that you're left wanting more." - Daily Review http://dailyreview.com.au/deardiary-review-melbourne-fringe-festival/30600
★★★★1/2 "You can't help but love Snelling's animated facial expressions and pantomime-like movements. Her style is unique, clever and charming." - Planet Arts http://www.planetartsmelb.com/122555
"It's an extraordinary show, full of heart and pathos... The writing is impeccable... It's hashtag poignant." - Aussie Theatre http://aussietheatre.com.au/reviews/melbourne-fringe-deardiary
"One of the most standout solo shows of the Melbourne Fringe Festival this year." - The Plus Ones
"Beautifully honest and funny" - Beat http://www.beat.com.au/arts/dear-diary
"Funny and brave construction of art from life... Andi is very funny, witty and a natural clown... This is a packed 60 minutes with no false steps and very revealing." - 3MBS Radio
"A beautifully crafted work, packed with clever charm and brilliant timing." - Melbourne Press http://melbournepress.com/2015/09/28/a-snippet-of-the-fringe/
"An outstanding performance by Andi. This show is a testament to her talent and stage versatility." - Weekend Notes http://www.weekendnotes.com/dear-diary-rehashing-the-past-butterfly-club/
#DearDiary - Rehashing the Past. (Image by Dan A'Vard)
Little did I know when I was 9 years old that I had started to write a show. 24 years and 5,000+ pages later, #DearDiary hits the Melbourne Fringe Festival...
I'm gearing up to perform in my 4th Melbourne International Comedy Festival show. This time, it's Hoo-Haa Gladiators, an improvised comedy battle-off, complete with lycra, bad puns and 90s TV cheese! We're on every Friday, Saturday & Sunday night of the Festival from 6-7pm at The Imperial Hotel. It's gonna be fist-pumping good!
I had a fantastic weekend participating in a very fun workshop run by Impromptunes, whereby I learnt some tricks and traps of improvising songs. Generally, when I do impro, I love the chance to improvise a song, but I'd never properly learnt about song structure, so it was great approaching it from a more concrete foundation. I also discovered that I can get away with rhyming "Swamp" with "Forest Gump" (when sung in a Forest Gump-like accent!)
I have survived my third Comedy Festival! Back on the belly-laugh bandwagon with my wickedly funny impro group The Big Hoo-Haa Melbourne, we managed to sell out our Hoo Haa Danger Hour season at The Butterfly Club. As well as this, I also guest performed twice in We, The Jury, a fully improvised, high tension, criminal investigation comedy. Recovery is now in order.