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A program exploring alternative theatre, cabaret, comedy, fringe events and festivals hosted by Valerie Farfalla.

A program exploring alternative theatre, cabaret, comedy, fringe events and festivals hosted by Valerie Farfalla.


Melbourne, VIC




A program exploring alternative theatre, cabaret, comedy, fringe events and festivals hosted by Valerie Farfalla.




Biting satire 'Strata Inc' and 'Bashka' pipes in 21st Melbourne Women's International Jazz Fest

Actor/Writer/Directors Jessica Stanley & Phoebe Anne Taylor discuss a new satirical comedic play 'Strata Inc' about 'entitlement' with a new take on Aristophanes' work and Alisha Brooks brings a Turkish color to the 21st Melbourne Women's International Jazz Festival with 'Bashka'.


A Quiet Dance with Rubberlegs and Mockingbird's at the Butterfly Stage

Dancer extraordinaire Rauf Yasit (aka Rubberlegs) 'bends over backwards' to move Arts Express Listeners to the International Arts Festivals performance of "A Quiet Evening of Dance" A new work by William Forsythe performed from the 17th to 21st October. Also Val and Trish chat on the show with writer/actor and director Lisa Brickell and Ruth Dudding director of "Mockingbird" about a black comedy at the Butterfly Club. An exploration into motherhood and mental health.


'Creepy songs from childhood cartoons' & 'F*ckboys the Musical'

Musican comedian Ashleigh Clarke sings from Dumbo on uke in the studio from her new cabaret comedy 'Creepy Songs From My Childhood Cartoons' at Bar Ampere while 2018 Orlando Fringe award winner (USA) 'F*ckboys the Musical' written and directed by Savannah Cassidy Pedersen, looks at dating modern creeps in solidarity with the sisterhood at Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Pawn again christian, Cardinal Sin & a couple of white chicks

Comedian Annie Lee (Kransky Sisters) chats about her new one-woman show 'Pawn Again Christian' at the Butterfly Club, political wit and mimic Helen Child camps up the politicians for her Melbourne Fringe show 'A Comedy of Terrors' at Loop Project Space and Bar and actor Christina McLachlan discusses her role as Maude Mix on the American comedic play "A coupla white chicks sitting around talking".


Hospitality meets the trauma of suicide

Award winning playwright Rebecca Lister looks at the impact of suicide on '2.20am' while writer/director Gabby Pearson presents a modern black comedy on hospitality 'Waiting on You' with associate producer Christy Fanning.

Melbourne Jazz meets Greek Cabaret

Notable Melbourne jazz musician Steve Sedergreen chatted about his cooperative style in readiness for MIJF and talented cabaret artist Michaela Burger sang one of her songs from her show "A Migrant's Son' devoted to her colorful Greek father.


Jazzmo Mustafa meets Renee Palmer's comical Fitzroy walks

Multi instrumentalist James Mustafa shows his broad jazz vision for MIJF show at Dizzy's and actor/producer Renee Palmer describes 'A Comical Walking Performance' event across the lanes and dark alleys of Fitzroy.


Beyond the Jazzy Organ and a Back to Black Beehive

Chatting on the show with jazz organist Jake Mason where he will perform at The Stonnington Jazz Music Festival Gala Night with fellow musicians. All this on the eve of the launch of his latest Album "The Stranger in the Mirror" We will also be speaking with Carol Whitfield beyond jazz, motown and her historical performance on Amy Winegousee "Beyond the Beehive" at the Butterfly Club


Nadia's Virgin Mary and Great Bloody Extra's

Arts Express hosts Val and Trish are truly blessed with the company of Nadia Collins who chats about her own written and performed speechless MICF performance Virgin Bloody Mary at the Butterfly Club.Assuring comedy aficionados will have a hell of a time.Also enlightening the audience with some 'good news' about some extra's in the Arts expressing themselves in and outa town-all heavenly bliss!

Womens' union stories and spaghetti westerns

Comedian/storyteller Rama Nicholas talks about her spaghetti western musical 'Death Rides a Horse' for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and activist/organiser Cathy Brigden chats about saving the stories of female unionists overlooked in the recorded history of the Australian union movement.


Frankghanistan & Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Melbourne International Jazz Festival artistic director Michael Tortoni blows in with some hot jazz talk about the exciting upcoming festival and comedian/director Janelle De Silva chats about her hilarious multi-media show 'Frankghanistan' for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.


International Day of Supanova Glitta Wild Fearless and Free Woman

Arts Express hosts- Val and Trish, are right on track for this year's IWD with Glitta Supernova, as she navigates us around her current Butterfly show 'Body Map' from the 4th-11th March at 8:30pm. Then there is more at the International station as musician Kathleen Hollaran intoxicates us with her guitar strings. Kathleen is part of a collaboration by Brunswick Music Festival music programmer Chelsea Wilson The group Wild Fearless and Free also includes Stella Angelico, Sophie Koh, The...


Small town transformations & the 'Wowzzeee" sweatshop

Graham Coffeey, manager, Small Town Transformations talks about what funding from Regional Arts Victoria has enabled small towns to achieve through creative projects that transform their communities. Fashion artist Adele Varcoe has created the 'Wowzzeee' - a glittering 'onesie' that participants can also create for themselves in a participatory sweatshop through a unique Arts House project.


Beaming Northern Festivals and Illuminating Saray Illuminado

Arts hosts Val and Trish will be speaking with Nela Trifkovic on her performance with Band SARAY Iluminado about new interpretations of Sevdah (traditional folk music) from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Jewish Sephardic music from the Balkans on 28th February at 45 Downstairs. Also chatting with both Samantha Byrne deputy Mayor of Moonee Valley City Council on the upcoming Festival at Queens Park on Sunday, 25 February along with Music Programmer Chelsea Wilson from the Brunswick Music...


Duldig Studio Museum & Arts House

Writer and arts patron Eva Dejong Duldig talks about her new book Driftwood which features her famous father sculptor Karl Duldig, her mother Slawa, an artist and inventor and herself as tennis champion and how she developed the Duldig Studio museum and sculpture garden. Acting Arts Director of Arts House, Josh Wright discusses the upcoming Festival of Live Art.


Midsumma Festival -Bent Bollywood dance & Rock Legend

'Bent Bollywood' artistic directors Govind Pillai and Raina Peterson present 'an eclectic and libidinous dance show that combines the technical rigour of classical Indian dance with the camp theatrics of Bollywood at the 2018 Midsumma Festival. Rock Legend vocalist, song-writer and guitarist Kaliopi will also feature at the festival.


Tinkerbell & Music Victoria's Women's Advisory Panel

Australian Shakespeare Company theatre director Glenn Elston enchanted listeners with tales about his new children's production 'Tinkerbell & the Dream Fairies' at Geelong's Botanic Gardens (29 December) and Athenaeum Theatre 2 (2-28 January 2018). Valerie & Trish discussed exciting developments for Victorian women in music with the announcement of Music Victoria's new Women's Advisory Panel.


Serenading Adela

Jeannie Marsh, artistic director of the community street opera "Serenading Adela" featured on Arts Express to talk about the January 7, 2018 event to mark the 1917 'serenading' of antiwar activist Adela Pankhurst at Pentridge Gaol. She was interviewed by Valerie Farfalla and Trish Posterino


Melbourne Women's Jazz & Jewish Comedy Festivals

Melbourne Women's International Jazz Festival (Nov 24-Dec 10) convenor Sonja Horbelt discussed the brilliant festival talent and Melbourne Jewish Comedy Festival (Dec. 5,6,7) creative director Justine Sless told listeners about her exciting upcoming festival.