SMITH’S Alternative continues to assert itself as the newest pub in town for mini theatrical performances.
Next up, opening tomorrow on the Alinga Street café’s stage will be young WA comedian/storytellers Andrea Gibbs and Bonnie Davies, with “Grow Up” by Gibbs and “I’m High on Life, What Are You On? by Davies which, they threaten, will take audiences on “an emotionally-charged and hilariously honest true journeys through lives less ordinary.”
Davies tells Citynews, “Being from Perth, coming over to Canberra feels a bit like international travel, so it’s exciting to be meeting new audiences and rooms…Canberra will be a good test of whether we can resist doing political puns.”
the child of youth workers, she grew up in a chaotic household surrounded by drug addicts, chaos and hugs. Her childhood, she reports, “was punctuated by funny, breathtaking, painful and unbelievable events.”
Her first solo show “Laugh Or Your Money Back” was seen in 2011 at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Wild West Comedy Festival where her alter-ego, ‘Sharron’, was nominated for Best of the Fest.
Gibbs, who comes from Donnybrook, WA, says “Canberra is the home of the Australian story, so we are coming to town to give our two-bob’s worth.” “My stories are less about the first settlers and more about the first time I went to the pub, but hey, you can’t get more Australian than that!”
One of Perth’s best-loved comedians, improvisers and storytellers, she’ll be taking audiences through a journey from her dreams of Olympic stardom fostered in the backyard through hilarious true diary entries and dating disasters.
Bonnie Davies – “I’m High On Life, What Are You On?” at Smiths Alternative, 8pm, August 8, Andrea Gibbs – “Grow Up,” 8pm, also at Smiths Alternative, August 9, bookings to 6247 4459.