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Australians! Stop Laughing…This Is Serious starts on ABC this Wednesday!

by Shell 23rd Mar 2015 | 1 comment

Tim is one of 63 comedians interviewed for the new three-part documentary series Stop Laughing…This Is Serious, which starts at 9pm this Wednesday on ABC.

The series, narrated by Eric Bana, explores the development of Australian comedy through social and political change, inter-weaving extensive archive material and intimate interviews with some of the country’s best loved comedians, revealing how humour, laughter and comedy are integral to Australian national identity.

Episode 1: ‘Faark, Faark’ looks upwards at those in authority and “punching upwards”.
Wednesday, March 25th at 9pm

Episode 2: ‘Look at Moi, Look at Moi’ looks inwards at the importance of the Australian ability to laugh
at themselves.
Wednesday, April 1st at 9pm

Episode 3: ‘Hello Possums’ looks at Australian comedy on the world stage.
Wednesday, April 8th at 9pm

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Matilda The Musical has been short-listed for the This Morning Audience Award at the Olivier Awards 2015.

It’s the only Olivier to be decided entirely by public vote.

If you voted for Matilda in Stage One (thank you!) you do not need to vote again as your vote has been carried forward.

However, if you have not yet voted then you have until 17:00 on 10th April, 2015, to take part in the Stage Two voting here.

The winner will be announced at the glittering Olivier Awards ceremony on Sunday 12th April, 2015, at Royal Opera House.
More information can be found at www.olivierawards.com.

Tim and director Matthew Warchus caught up with the four Matildas in rehearsals a couple of weeks ago and below the evidentiary photo you’ll find a short video of the Matildas encouraging voting before demonstrating expert execution of the Matilda pose:

L-R: Matthew Warchus, Matilda Shapland, Lara McDonnell, Anna-Louise Knight, Violet Tucker, Tim. Photo by Manuel Harlan

L-R: Matthew Warchus, Matilda Shapland, Lara McDonnell, Anna-Louise Knight, Violet Tucker, Tim. Photo by Manuel Harlan


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On The Steps - signed poster

There have been a number of requests for the merch created for Tim’s spectacular Sydney Opera House ‘On The Steps’ show, last month, so it’s now been made available through Tim’s shop here. They ship internationally.

So, if you attended the gig but didn’t get near the merch stall or if you didn’t make it to the show but fancy a souvenir of the event with the unique artwork, here’s your chance.

There are Limited Edition T-shirts in a range of sizes and Limited Edition Posters, some of which are signed by Tim.

You can access the ‘shop’ via the tab above, selecting the ‘Australasia shop’ for these items or directly here: timminchin.bandtshirts.com.au.

UPDATE:The posters are A2 – 42.0cm x 59.4cm.

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After the huge success of last year’s relaxed performance of Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre, The RSC will be putting on a second performance on Sunday 14th June 2015 at 3pm!

They’ll once again be teaming up with the National Autistic Society and Mousetrap Theatre Projects with the aim of making the performance accessible to people with autism and learning disabilities.

This special performance will see elements of the production adapted to reduce anxiety or stress. Lighting and sound levels are adjusted to soften their impact and audience members are free to move around the auditorium during the performance. Designated ‘chill-out’ areas will be provided outside the auditorium with soft seating and activities if being in the auditorium becomes overwhelming.

Tickets are available exclusively from the theatre box office on 0844 412 4652 and the RSC ticket hotline on 0844 800 1110

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Matilda The Musical

On Sunday, 1st February 2015, the Broadway production of Matilda the Musical will be putting on an autism-friendly performance!

The show is part of the Theatre Development Fund’s Autism Theatre Initiative, which aims to make theatre accessible to children and adults on the autism spectrum, as well as their families.

There’ll be a few slight adjustments to the production, including the reduction of any jarring sounds or strobe lights focused into the audience. In the theatre lobby there will be quiet areas and an activity area, staffed with autism specialists, for those who need to leave their seats during the performance.

The last few tickets can be booked exclusively, at a reduced rate, through the Theatre Development Fund’s website, which also includes several guides to help personalise the experience.

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