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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Mistress of Mirth's COMEDY Tour

 






LAUNCHING 9 APRIL 2022
AT ATHENAEUM LIBRARY MELBOURNE 

MEDIA RELEASE HERE 

It's a bit of a joke how tricky it can be to navigate the live amateur stand-up comedy scene in Melbourne, so I created a C.O.M.E.D.Y Tour which begins in Bourke Mall and ends with a polemic of a punchline.

 

I'm a Mistress of Mirth having written, performed, researched and taught stand-up comedy for many years and together with millions of other women across the globe we have enacted a mirthful mutiny taking on the unwieldy and historically or is it hysterically? male dominated world of stand-up comedy.

 

Woven with comedy fun facts and darkly funny short stories The C.O.M.E.D.Y Tour, like all good jokes is concise, clever and takes you somewhere completely unexpected.


C.O.M.E.D.Y is an acronym for Call Out Male Entitlement Daily Y'all



Christmas Day Breaks

 

    7am 
    Christmas Day breaks
    Children wake
    Parents quake

    10am
    Too early for gin?
    Never
    Someone somewhere grins

        12pm
    Footpath pageants
    Foil wrapped foods
    Kris Kringle cringe

    1pm
    Yank a bon bon
    Don a crown
    Monarchs for a day

    2pm
    Kinfolk play charades
    Grandpa's lost his teeth
    The turkey takes a bow

    3pm
    Bells ring out to
    Crisis lines
    Rudolph takes the reigns

    6pm
    Leftovers
    Love Actually
    Indifference basically

    8pm
    Parents cry alone
    Court orders intone
    No kids here till next year

    10pm
    Children sigh
    Teens get high
    Christmas Day breaks
           
    

Thursday, August 5, 2021

UNBRIDLED THE UNWEDDING OF THE YEAR....


 


WE GOT TO DO UNBRIDLED AT THE BUTTERFLY CLUB
IN JULY 2021

READ THE  ARTS HUB REVIEW HERE

Unbridled does the right thing and leaves you wanting more, much more. 


'SHEER COMC PANACHE' 



'Sless has hit a comic peak'



'The real theme here is the women’s resilience and agency'



Thursday, June 10, 2021

Once More

Once more.

Out of our houses

Onto the street

Into cafes bars and shops


Something has passed

Something lost

Something found


The introspection 

Unbearable

Ubiquitous 

Unavoidable 


The tasks we set ourselves

To occupy our time

The books we read

The games we played


The sunrises and sets

Seen

To remind us that 

Awe and wonder

Still exist


We have come out once more

To the rattle of trams

To the smiles of others


Something has passed

Something lost

Something found



We know

We will run to ground 

Again


Have to shut our doors

And watch the viral shadow 

Loom 

Large

Luminous 


Something has passed

Something lost

Something found


The plans we made

The people we miss


The space beneath our feet


Something has passed

Something lost

Something found.

Then


Tousled black curls

You don’t know how good 

They look


The lustre not yet faded


The swell of your belly

Fecund in its prime 


You don’t know 

Yet

It will swell 

Again 

Years later


You don’t know 

Those lips that have kissed


Will 

Want beyond imagining 

Years later 

In a silent room


You don’t know 



That in time

The swell

The curl

The lips


Will loose 

Their shine



Then in a blaze of sunrise reds and orange 

It dawns 

On you 



That you should have

Could have

Would have


Loved yourself more


In those moments 


Because now

The curls fuzz

In shades of grey


The belly balloons 

In menopausal revoltk


And lips that have kissed


Seek forever more

What they can not 

Have

Find

Desire


You do not

Can not 

Know


As you walk along 

The quiet street


Your black 

Hair tousled in 

Wondrous curls


Your belly 

Swelling

With life


You do not 

Can not

Imagine 


Then 


How much more 

You should have 

Loved yourself


From the moment

You pushed your way 

Out of 

Her


Into the world 


You should have loved yourself 

From that moment

Then. 

Looking Back On It Now

 Looking back on it now 

It's startling how love can take a vice like grip on you...



Love sick

Love lorn

Love 

Is

The 

Drug


I lost my mind

Nearly jumped in front of a train


Drove through back streets 

Wanting to crash the car 

Just to feel something other than longing


Spent time

Wasted time

Wanting him


His intellect 

His gaze upon me

His desire for me 



Looking back on it now

In the coolness of a winters  evening 


I see myself 

As he saw me


There are people who come into your life 


Arrive 

Like a hurricane


And I'm so pleased

I got a category five.


I see myself now 

as he did then


The parts of the city 

We inhabited


I became myself 


I became 

Love ..

Friday, August 7, 2020

FRESS WITH SLESS - FRESHLY MADE AND READY TO BE DISPATCHED!

 




 A COLLECTION OF SOME OF MY FAVOURITE RECIPES ACCOMPANIED BY QUIRKY ILLUSTRATIONS BY MY ELDEST DAUGHTER RUBY ..

These are some of my favourite recipes for you to savour. They come from years working as a chef, time spent at the kitchen bench raising my kids and meals shared with family and friends for Jewish holidays like Rosh Hashana and Passover.  

     The illustrations are by my daughter Ruby, who, ever since she was very little, has been magically creating a whole host of quirky characters.

     For each recipe, I’ve suggested music and drinks as extra ingredients, if you will.

     This recipe book has been on the boil for a while, but I present it to you now in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. I hope that the aromas and tastes provide comfort and sanctuary until we can all fress* on a sumptuous meal with loved ones, gathered together from near and far to eat, drink, dance and be merry.



ORDER YOUR COPY  

 

 

 

*Fress is the Yiddish word meaning to eat or nosh, often or in large quantities.





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