An implosion with sequins
Duo come up with wild, flashy domestic disaster for comedy festival, writes Raylene Bliss
STRAP in and get ready for a wild ride complete with dodgy magic, relationship malfunctions and wardrobe mishaps when Peter and Bambi Heaven: The Magic Inside arrives at the Sydney Comedy Festival.
“It has been described as getting into a convertible, putting the roof down and pumping out ’80s tunes and just driving as fast as you can for an entire hour,” says Aussie comedian Asher Treleaven, who is now based in London.
Treleaven and Gypsy Wood, the burlesque dancer who famously surprised Bob Hawke at his 80th by jumping out of a cake at the Sydney Opera House, will unleash their new show on Sydney for the first time at the Factory Theatre.
“They are completely deluded, loved-up nutcases that are at a self-help
seminar on the Gold Coast,” Treleaven says.
“She is an ex-stripper and he is a lifetime cruise ship daggy musician, and together they are just an unstoppable force of nature. It is also simultaneously the most enjoyable car crash you have ever seen that just keeps getting worse and worse and worse.
“If Borat and Kath and Kim got together and said we should make a magic show together how should it work it would work pretty much like this, except on fire and covered in sequins.”
In the show Peter and Bambi hire a cast of performers for a huge variety show but at the last minute they fire everyone and go it alone. From there it all starts to unravel.
Treleaven says it was Gypsy, his now ex-wife, who proposed the idea after their successful burlesque show, Comic Strip.
“We’d been together for eight years. The day before we started fulltime rehearsals on the show we decided to get a divorce, then we started work the next day,” he says.
“It was quite intense at the start of 2016. We did over 120 shows across two continents in seven months – as our real life relationship was ending backstage a fictional relationship was starting on stage.”
Peter and Bambi (Asher Treleaven and Gypsy Wood) are coming to the Sydney Comedy Festival.