Article – by Morgan Thistlethwaite
Hey hey hey! Everyone in Melbourne has Fringe festival fever right now (except for the AFL fans, but whatevs), and everyone who’s anyone has a show going on right now.
As a diligent patron of the arts, it’s Friday night and I’m at home in my underpants while I back up my PS3 hard drive. For me, this is no surprise. I mean, looking back through the archives, the last time we plugged a live show around here was waaay back in May 2017.
DON’T BE LIKE ME!!!
There’s a whole world out there to experience and there’s a Fringe Festival on and there’s a bunch of talented people doing unique and amazing things and they want to do those things in front of you (and I’m working on getting out more, I promise)!
Anyhoo, that little show (Hey Femmily! It’s Me, Tomp Canks) led me on a journey toward making a killer podcast with a great bunch of people, and some of these great people are doing their own shows or somehow involved in helping other folks out.
But what about Reeni, you ask, why am I talking about all this other stuff? Shut up, I’ll get to her now. One of the integral elements to making The Quest Inn at the Centre of the Universe a success is Indiana (Indy) Kiely. She’s driven, hard-working and an all-round amazing person that does so much good stuff for the performing arts. One of the many things she’s good at is directing. Along with Hayley Tantau, Indy has assisted Reeni Inosha in putting together her debut solo show (I told you we’d get there, didn’t I?).
Enlighten Me a Little is a hybrid of standup, sketch and storytelling with a little song and dance thrown in too.
I’ll be checking this out for myself on Monday, but you don’t have to wait that long as it’s playing every night until September 26th, with one last show on Friday the 28th at Pilgrim.
If this sounds like your bag, get out and see Reeni for a funny and thought-provoking 50 minutes of true stories about a girl in the world just trying to make things work.
When: 22nd-26th & 28th Sept (6 shows to go)
What time and where: 6pm @ Pilgrim Bar
How much: $15-$20
How long: 50min
Summary: Standup / sketch / storytelling
For Reeni Ekanayake, maintaining her market rate is important – but how far will she go?
In her debut solo performance, Reeni explores why she’s no longer worried about growing old and alone. She’s got access to the Buddha, retinol and a foster care puppy program.
Through hilarious sketches and storytelling of life experiences, Reeni invites you into her world of protecting her ‘happy’.
Reeni is a standout improviser and comedian who performed in Improvised Real Housewives, a sell-out production at the 2018 Melbourne Comedy Festival. She’s also an ensemble cast member at The Improv Conspiracy’s flagship show.