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Matilda The Musical Opened Last Night in Sydney, Australia!

by Shell 21st Aug 2015 | 1 comment

Matilda hero - Sydney 2015

Yesterday evening, Tim attended the star-studded official Opening Night of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Australian production of Matilda The Musical, at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.

Four young actresses alternate playing Matilda, with Bella Thomas stepping into the title role magnificently last night. The three other Matildas are Molly Barwick, Sasha Rose and Georgia Taplin. The principal cast features (in alphabetical order), Marika Aubrey (Mrs Wormwood), Daniel Frederiksen (Mr Wormwood), Elise McCann (Miss Honey) and James Millar (Miss Trunchbull). Images of the Sydney Matildas and principle cast members can be found here.

There’s some red carpet footage and interviews to watch, courtesy of the Sydney Morning Herald review, here.

Tim and Sarah Minchin on the red carpet

Tim and Sarah Minchin on the red carpet

Tim strikes the Matilda pose

Tim strikes the Matilda pose

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Tune in to ABC 7:30pm tonight to watch Tim interviewed by Leigh Sales, or you can catch it later on iView. You can see Tim giggle his way through the short trailer here.

UPDATE: Here’s the full ABC 7:30 interview, or see below.

Tim’ll be interviewed by Pete Helliar on The Project, on Channel Ten, this Wednesday 19th August, 2015. The show airs 6:30pm-7:30pm.

If you can’t sit around your tellys at the allotted time, fear not, the show will be available afterwards on The Project’s website.

Tim’ll be popping up on quite a lot of Aussie radio and TV in the run up to Matilda’s official Australian opening night on Thursday, so keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, you can catch up below, if you wish.
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Photo by Joan Marcus

Photo by Joan Marcus

Stan, an Australian streaming platform has announced that Tim is to feature as a guest cast member in their first original production, No Activity, a comedy television drama.

The six part improvised comedy, staring Patrick Brammall and Darren Gilshenan follows two police detectives on a stakeout, waiting for something to happen. Tim plays a security guard, working at the docks, asked by the cops to keep his eyes peeled for anything unusual, so he can tip them off.

The series is filmed in Sydney and Los Angeles and is due to premiere in November 2015.

The ensemble cast also includes Harriet Dyer, Genevieve Morris, Dan Wyllie, David Field and Sam Simmons.

No Activity is a Jungleboys production for Stan. It is written and directed by Jungleboys’ Trent O’Donnell with Executive Producer Jason Burrows and Producer Chloe Rickard. International distribution will be shared between Stan and Jungleboys.

If you’ve not yet seen it, you can sneak a peek at Tim, resplendent in all his security guarding glory, here.

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Oddball Festival

This October, Tim will be appearing at three of the US Funny or Die Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival tour dates!

He’ll be joining the travelling troupe, including headliners Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari, at West Palm Beach, FL, Tampa, FL and Atlanta, GA.

Tickets go on general sale on Friday, 10th July 2015, and VIP packages will also be available.

The details for Tim’s shows are:

2nd October 2015
Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL

Tickets ($18.75 – $92.75)
Line-up:
Aziz Ansari
Amy Schumer
Anthony Jeselnik
Bridget Everett
Jeff Ross
Nikki Glaser
Sebastian
Tim Minchin
TJ Miller

3rd October 2015
Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL

Tickets ($22.75 – $92.75)
Line-up:
Aziz Ansari
Amy Schumer
Anthony Jeselnik
Bridget Everett
Jeff Ross
Nikki Glaser
Rory Scovel
Tim Minchin
TJ Miller

4th October 2015
Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA

Tickets ($29.75 – $99.75)
Line-up:
Aziz Ansari
Amy Schumer
Anthony Jeselnik
Bridget Everett
Jeff Ross
Nikki Glaser
Rory Scovel
Sebastian
Tim Minchin

Is Tim appearing as a comic or a curiosity? We’ll leave that for you to decide!

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Smasher (Photo courtesy of ABC TV)

The ABC mini-series, The Secret River, in which Tim plays Northern Irish ex-convict Smasher Sullivan, is now available on DVD from the ABC Shop.

It’s even on sale at the moment, priced at $24.99, until 23rd July, 2015!

They ship internationally but, as it is Region 4 only, do check that your player is suitable.

It’s also available from iTunes and Google Play in Australia.

There’s no news yet as to whether The Secret River will air outside Australia or if the DVD will be made available in other region formats, but we’ll let you know straight away if we hear anything.
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