Several University of Sydney Union-supported performers have been invited to showcase their hit shows at the globally celebrated Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland this August.
Seven young women from Tumbleweed Productions and three young men from award-winning comedy trio, The Axis of Awesome, will front audiences alongside hundreds of international artists at Edinburgh – after honing their comedic talents through the USU’s Revues and development programs.
The team of young women will be performing their cheeky sardonic hit Princess Cabaret, which originally began life as last year’s USU Women’s Revue. The show (now produced by Tumbleweed Theatrical Productions) has won rave reviews for its take on the iconic Disney Princess role model, with performers Brydie Lee-Kennedy, Sophie Miller, Jo Bourke, Keira Daley, Amy Louise Hume, Erin Turner and Elise Fabris parading childhood favourites such as Snow White and the Little Mermaid with brazen new personas.
Joining them will be Jordan Raskopolis, Lee Naimo and Benny Davis, better known as singing comedy triumvirate, The Axis of Awesome. Self-billed as “Australia’s most tolerated comedy trio,” the group has gained a widespread following, appearing on Rove, The Footy Show and Good News Week. Raskopolis, Naimo and Davis first combined forces as past members of the Arts Revue, and in the student improv comedy competition, Theatresports®.
Both Princess Cabaret and The Axis of Awesome received a major leg-up from the USU’s artistic development program, ‘USU Presents…’.The program offers support, funding and in-kind assistance to promising up and coming talents within the USU.
Since 2007, four of the six groups to have gone through ‘USU Presents…’ have performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and now two of them are taking their humble student-borne productions to the other side of the globe.
Not forgetting their roots, both will appear at Sydney University for fundraising concerts at Manning Bar and Hermann’s Bar prior to departing to Edinburgh. Then, just days after stepping foot back on Australian soil, they’ll return to perform at the USU’s own Verge Arts Festival in September.
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