An im­plo­sion with se­quins

Duo come up with wild, flashy do­mes­tic disas­ter for com­edy fes­ti­val, writes Ray­lene Bliss

Penrith Press - - LIFESTYLE -

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.

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