BATS Theatre-hosted online livestream, Global

05/06/2020 - 07/06/2020

COVID-19 Level 2 Festival

Production Details

Tune in for a weird, tasty time.

Put on your smoking jacket and saunter yourself to the parlour. It’s time for the Shrimp Cocktail Hour. 

“…Funny, precious, and loving…like soul food for me at this challenging time.”  Art Murmurs 

Award-winning duo Aaron and Alayne, (Deep and Meaningful, 2 Dope Teenz) are serving you an absurd, refreshing talk-show with CHARACTERS, LIVE MUSIC and, most importantly, the SHRIMP COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK. 

This is a call-in show. We will be taking live phone calls on the air. 

We want to know how you’re doing. Pour yourself a tipple and give us a call. 

This show is an online stream through Dacast. When you click to buy a ticket you will be taken to Dacast website to purchase your ticket. The show will be available to watch live on Friday at 8pm or you can watch on demand until midnight Sunday. 

Online from The Random Stage
5 – 7 June 2020
from 8pm Friday 5 to midnight Sunday 7 June 2020 
“Pay What You Can” $5 
“Pay What You Can” $25 
“Pay What You Can” $20 
“Pay What You Can” $15 
“Pay What You Can” $10 

Webcast , Theatre , Spoken word , Music , Live stream ,

1 hr

The bad taste lingers

Review by Ines Maria Almeida 07th Jun 2020

Chrome casting this show is annoying, thank god Professor Roadkill is here to sort out the AV otherwise I would’ve been watching it without sound. Anyway, the Professor and I are here, rugged up in dressing gowns, fire lit, wine glasses full, cat on lap, and thrilled really to be watching some theatre from the comfort of our own home. That is until it starts.  

First of all, I love Alayne Dick. I think she’s fabulous. I loved her in Deep and Meaningful and I think she’s a very talented actor. Aaron, I don’t know, but his moustache is great and he exudes charisma. But I didn’t love this show, and let me explain why.

There seems to be a live audience and after I let go of the #FOMO of not being there live myself, I settle into the couch, the fire, the wine. Notice how I say “I” now and before it was “we”? Professor Roadkill has tuned out five minutes in and has opted to play online Scrabble with his bestie in Canterbury. He can’t handle the sound, or rather the lack of volume. Yes, we’re still kinda in lockdown, but if you’re going to do an online performance, make sure the sound is good?

But hey, the comedians tell us themselves that everything is fucked, so let’s have a laugh. There are people laughing, but it’s not me. The loud guffaws from the audience are no doubt friends and family, which is lovely, but not good enough for me on a Friday night.

I think they lose me right at the beginning when they riff on how the world is complicated and terrifying and so they want to acknowledge this to avoid being tone deaf, but it doesn’t work. The show is tone deaf, and frankly, not that funny. The jokes about World Dairy Day to take away from the George Floyd references comes off as tasteless.

Our comedians admit that they don’t have any right to touch on such deep dark subjects such as what’s going on in America and COVID, and they’re right, but still they try when they talk about ‘woke’ corporations are trying to seem right now. Um, pot kettle black?

The buzz from the wine and the warmth from the fire are wearing off and patience is wearing thin when Alayne and Aaron retire to the parlour to make the namesake appetiser, Shrimp Cocktail. A few more references to #worlddairyday in, I watch them make a gross cocktail of things like angry crab blood and mermaid tears, and yes, prawns. They don’t consume much until it’s time to hear them read ‘funny’ movie reviews.

At this point I’m thankful that I’m at home, that I could in fact just turn the TV off and put on Narcos instead, but I try to stick it out. The bad taste of discussing George Floyd’s murder lingers, its bad taste tainting the rest of my experience. I start to feel anxious about the live calls, because I’m too old to figure out how to make myself ‘offline’ on this platform and I really don’t feel like engaging.

There are allusions to how ‘professional’ their show is when they mess up – self-deprecating yes, but also, why not do a few runs before going live to make this a real production?

By the end of the show, the live audience are the winners. Blame it on COVID or whatever, but theatre, even this one, should be enjoyed live, in person. It’s the only way to truly experience a performance, in my opinion. As for this show in particular – I’d take my attention span elsewhere.

Watch it on demand here.


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