Published on March 11th, 2024 | by Adrian Gunning

MICF: Geraldine Quinn Premieres Her Most Heartfelt Work To Date at This Year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival

If these young people stick together, they could really make a go of an arts career!”

Thus spoke a long-forgotten judge of the 1991 Talent Quest at St Johns Regional College, Dandenong, when Geraldine and her brother Nicholas took first place. All through high school, Gerry and Nick shared a passion for music – two competitive siblings with one teenage dream of an arts career! That 1991 win was the validation of their hopes! Then he got a normal job”, and she went into musical comedy. Could things get any worse? You bet they can!

After putting on extra performances and playing to sold out crowds with a blistering come-back show BROAD in 2022, MICF’s perennial bridesmaid returns to Malthouse Theatre with her most personal show to date. Rock-cabaret singer-songwriter and comedian Geraldine Quinn (Spicks & Specks, Upper Middle Bogan, The Weekly, that chick on the escalator in the superannuation ad) follows up her Most Outstanding Show and third Golden Gibbo Award nominations with a world premiere original cabaret about love, death, rivalry, grief and the beyond-lifeline of playing music.

With dramaturgy by Declan Fay (Ronny Chieng: International Student, CrossBread, Dirty Laundry Live and – continuing BROAD’s theme of Prisoner cast – the fat baby from Prisoner). Also featuring musician contributions from Quinn’s past award-winning shows You’re The Voice: Songs for the Ordinary by an Anthemaniac, The Last Gig In Melbourne and Modern Day Maiden Aunt, all of whom are also bandmates from Quinn’s epic rock cover band Spandex Ballet (many Upfront Galas, Moosehead Gala, V&A’s David Bowie Is… exhibition and MICF’s Festival Club).

The Passion of Saint Nicholas is a show about the joy of playing, following your heart, the friction of divergent paths, and keeping the band together when you lose your biggest cheerleader.

Supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants.

Reviews for ‘BROAD’

“The sort of electric thunderclap that inspires audience members to hoot out loud and bump the air with their fists in empowered solidarity, it lays down the gauntlet for the moment to beat”

Time Out Melbourne ★★★★★

“Her uncanny knack for handling everything from torch songs to musical comedy is both impressive and jaw-dropping.” Theatre People ★★★★★

“GQ cuts an audacious, commanding presence. And with every powerhouse song, supercharged by the fire within, she reminds the audience of all she has to offer.” Chortle (UK) ★★★★

“‘BROAD’ showcases cabaret at its best. An empowering show for women who don’t always have the opportunity to take up space onstage.” In Review

Venue: The Tower – Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank

Dates & Time: 28 March – 7 April 2024 (no show March) – 6:45pm

Tickets: Preview (28 March) & Tightarse Tues $22, Fri & Sat all tickets $35, Wed/Thu/Sun Full $32, Conc $28, MEAA, 3RRR, PBS $30, Wed – Sun Group (6+) $30


Media: Bronny Lane, Little Train Creative

About the Author'

Adrian lives in Melbourne Australia and has a huge passion for gaming, technology and pop culture. He recently finished his a Bachelor of Journalism and is currently focusing on games journalism. When not writing and playing video games, Adrian can be found in Comics 'R' Us debating the pros of the DC Universe and cons of the Marvel Universe.

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