Is This Thing On? single work   drama   - 1 hour, 20 minutes
Issue Details: First known date: 2014 2014
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'Brianna is a stand-up comedian. This is her life: an unfortunate name, a boring childhood, slow self-realisation, a late coming-out. Drink. Standing in smelly rooms with strange men who all tell the same jokes. Vomiting on stage. Carrying on anyway. Is there a reason? Probably not. Just a way of coping with your own mediocrity. Whose life is this anyway?

'Zoë Coombs Marr’s brilliant new play is a portrait of a life in a comedy routine. Well, five overlapping comedy routines, from five Briannas at different ages, performed by five foolhardy actresses. It is funny. And it is not funny. It is about being funny when funny is all you have.

'Is This Thing On? is a kind of Don Quixote for the female comic – a magnificent and stupid quest for one shining moment of specialness which may have already happened.' (Production summary)

Production Details

  • Performed at Belvoir Downstairs Theatre 2-26 October 2014.

    Cast

    Madeleine Benson

    Genevieve Giuffre

    Fiona Press

    Susan Prior

    Nat Randall

    Team

    By Zoë Coombs Marr

    Directors Kit Brookman & Zoë Coombs Marr

    Set & Costume Designer Ralph Myers

    Lighting Designer Verity Hampson

    Composer & Sound Designer Steve Toulmin

    Stage Manager Mel Dyer

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Five Ages of a Stand-Up Expose Tears of a Clown David Zampatti , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 28 September 2016; (p. 15)

— Review of Is This Thing On? Zoe Coombs Marr 2014 single work drama
Girl Most Likely Elissa Blake , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3 October 2014; (p. 4-5)

— Review of Is This Thing On? Zoe Coombs Marr 2014 single work drama
Five Actresses, One Role, Planty of Laughs in Bristling Comedy Jason Blake , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8 October 2014; (p. 13)

— Review of Is This Thing On? Zoe Coombs Marr 2014 single work drama
Girl Most Likely Elissa Blake , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3 October 2014; (p. 4-5)

— Review of Is This Thing On? Zoe Coombs Marr 2014 single work drama
Five Actresses, One Role, Planty of Laughs in Bristling Comedy Jason Blake , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8 October 2014; (p. 13)

— Review of Is This Thing On? Zoe Coombs Marr 2014 single work drama
Five Ages of a Stand-Up Expose Tears of a Clown David Zampatti , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 28 September 2016; (p. 15)

— Review of Is This Thing On? Zoe Coombs Marr 2014 single work drama
Last amended 17 Dec 2014 09:00:56
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