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18 November

18 November

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DARLO UNDERGROUND JAZZ AND COMEDY: Following the success of its month-long BLOOM Festival, Darlinghurst Theatre Company is expanding its offering of summer-night entertainment with DARLO UNDERGROUND Sydneys newest and most intimate jazz and comedy club. Featuring an incredible line up of Australian jazz musicians and comedians, the weekly program is being curated by composer and multi-instrumentalist, Trevor Brown, alongside comedian Brendan Hancock, whom many will recognize as one half of Sydneys Two Queers Walk Into a Bar. Beginning on Wednesday 25 November with Sydneys first lady of blues, Alice Terry and comedians Alex Reynolds, Rose Piper and Sam Taunton, DARLO UNDERGROUND promises to be the next big thing, offering tapas and cocktails from the theatres Two Trout restaurant throughout the evening.

The idea to transform the downstairs lounge into a New York-style jazz club has been a long-time goal for Co-Artistic Directors, Amylia Harris and Glenn Terry. COVID has forced the closure of our borders and sadly the closure of many live music venues. I cant think of a better offering for music lovers and those who miss flying in our skies, than to bring a touch of the Big Apple to the heart of Sydney, says Harris.

Harris says that much of the credit for DARLO UNDERGROUND must go to Darlinghurst Theatre Companys recently appointed Events Producer Mason Browne (Gaytimes, Closet Party Melbourne, American Psycho). The pairing of jazz and comedy was entirely Masons idea, Harris says, and Im very excited to see how it will bring our very own cozy jazz lounge to life. Our hope is that it will become a new permanent home for musicians, comedians and audiences to unite.

Harris is also thrilled that Trevor Brown and Brendan Hancock have come on board to curate the weekly lineup. The key to the success of any of our programs is the team behind it, she says. In the case of our BLOOM Festival, The People of Cabarets 10-day artist residency really helped define what the festival was all about.

Now that we are presenting jazz and stand-up, we also need the perfect team to curate that. Trevor and Brendan absolutely fit the bill. With over thirty years under his belt, Trevor Brown is a highly sought-after composer, multi-instrumentalist, sound designer, improviser, director and producer.

He has performed around Australia with countless bands including Waiting for Guinness, The Gypsy Dub Sound System and Meta Bass n Breath, as well regularly touring Europe with a range of solo and collaborative projects. He is the Artistic Director of the Sydney Improvisers Composers Kollektic Orchestra. He is a prolific composer for film, dance, circus, theatre, radio and spoken word and has had sound installations commissioned by STC, Belvoir St, Bangarra, MONA, Dark Mofo, ABC, Australian Museum and Triple J.

Brown is joined by co-curator Brendan Hancock. A comedian and improviser, Hancock is one-half of Sydneys Two Queers Walk Into a Bar. A Sydney regular, Hancock performed his debut solo-show at this years 2020 Sydney Comedy Festival.

Brown and Hancock are thrilled to be assembling the lineup for DARLO UNDERGROUND every Wednesday, with Hancock emceeing the first night on 25 November, when the first jazz performer of the season will be Alice Terry. Powerful, emotive, gritty and intense, Alice Terrys vocals evoke classic singers like Janis Joplin, and the American blues singer and Grammy nominee, Beth Hart, has described Alice Terry as the real deal. In 2018, her debut single Emotion and debut LP The Fear Of both charted in the top five of the iTunes blues charts.

Terry has supported acts like Matt Corby, Thirsty Merc, Allen Stone, Beth Hart and The Waifs and continues to tour with Matt Corby as part of his band. Terry describes her own style as a mixture of jazz, folk, country and blues stewed together to create an individual feel. Alice Terry will be followed by some of Sydneys best stand-up comedians.

Alex Reynolds has entertained sell-out crowds across Australia including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe and Sydney Fringe Comedy. Rose Piper has performed stand-up at the Sydney Opera House, on Tonightly, at Splendour in the Grass or just at gigs all around the country, supporting the likes of Wil Anderson and Zoe Coombs Marr. Meanwhile, Sam Taunton has toured with the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow throughout Australia, Asia and India, as well as being a regular at Splendour In The Grass and the nationwide Falls Festival.

Taunton has performed at the Sydney Opera House as part of Just for Laughs and has been seen and heard on Channel 10s The Project, ABC2s Comedy Up Late and Triple J. DARLO UNDERGROUND will be held every Wednesday evening, beginning 25 November. Tickets are $38 dollars p.p.

and include a confirmed reservation at the Two Trout Restaurant and all five acts during the course of the evening. Please note that food and beverage are not included in the ticket price. Tickets are now.

For more information and bookings, visit www.darlinghursttheatre.com. .

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