MELBOURNE: The 5 Shows I’m Dragging My Butt Off The Couch For This Week.

I woke up today and realised that I’m booked nearly every night this week seeing something fabulous. I thought I’d give you a quick run down of what’s on in Melbourne this week so you don’t miss out! I haven’t actually seen any of these things yet (except Swampy Sundays) but I hate when people write about how fabulous a show was after it’s over and I can’t see it anymore, so here’s what I’m going to be seeing and I’m pretty sure I’m in for a rad week.

Swampy Sundays at The Wilde 

My mate plays every Sunday at the Wilde on Gertrude Street and it gets pretty rowdy. A few Sundays ago this lady jumped on the bar and took off her shirt. I stop by for a quick bevvy most Sundays and it never disappoints. Plus the amazing baked potatoes that come with the Sunday roast are TO DIE FORImage



My blogging mates all went to see this in Sydney a few weeks ago and they utterly RAVED about it. I was gutted that I couldn’t make it but the show has come to Melbourne now and I’m off to the preview on Wednesday night. I have a theory that all little girls go through a horse crush phase and the seven-year old in me cannot wait. It’s choreographed by Alain Gauthier who worked with Cirque Du Soleil so I’m sure it’s going to be fabulous. Image


Melbourne International Film Festival 

On from July 25th to 11th August there’s something happening every single night. I’m off to see Moon Indigo tonight but if that’s not your cup of tea there’s something that will delight you, I promise. Just check out the program.  Image


Mockingbird Theatre’s Equus 

Peter Shaffer’s Equus is my favourite play. I first saw it when I was about 15 and it was the first non-musical stage production that I ever saw. I jump at every opportunity to see it so I’m stoked that it’s being put on in Melbourne this year. It also has one of my actor mates from Canberra in it so that’s a double bonus. I’m taking advantage of their cheap Tuesday $20 tickets.  Theatre can be prohibitively expensive so I always support companies when they have discount evenings because it’s bloody good of them to do it and $20 for a live show is a super bargain. (Side note: If you did go through a horse crush phase you may find this show a touch upsetting. Just saying.) Image


Penny Plain* 

A little while ago I was invited to a really weird but awesome event at The Melbourne Arts Centre called Raggamuffin Sushi, where a famous chef taught a sushi masterclass to the sounds of a reggae DJ. It was extremely cool. The same PR lass has invited me along to a marionette theatre show called Penny Plain by master puppeteer Ronnie Burkett. It sounds beautiful, an end-of-days tale from the ‘eyes’ of a blind woman. I’m totally fascinated by puppets. Philippe Genty is one my favourite performance artists so I never turn down the opportunity to see a puppet show. Image


What are you up to this week? What’s happening in your town?

Feel free to pop a link in the comments.

Events marked with an asterisk provided complimentary tickets to Smaggle for editorial consideration however as a performer myself, I’m always delighted to promote the arts and art centres in Australia. 

Carly is the founding editor of Smaggle which launched in 2007 back when blogging was weird. She has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Cosmopolitan and Cleo magazines. Hoop earrings are totally her thing and she almost got run over by Myf Warhurst while out jogging one day.


  1. 3 years ago

    Lots of Splendour in the Grass side gigs on in Melbs.
    I went to Jake Bugg a week ago, then went to see Of Monsters and Men.
    Next week I am off to see Clare Bowditch. I love her, she is magnificent.

    I am also going to a Veronika Maine Fashion Show. I have a spare ticket.

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      Ohhh is that an invite? When’s it on? I LOVE VM x

  2. I finally went to the Hollywood Costumes exhibition at ACMI on the weekend – it was great! Recommend you catch it before it closes if you haven’t been already!

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      I’ve seen it! I loved it! Although I did think was rather messily curated. It almost had a theme but not quite?

      • Yeah I agree. They grouped some costumes in a fairly logical way and then a lot of the others seemed a bit haphazard. We didn’t actually do it in order as it was SO busy that the guy recommended we head for the back and do it in reverse (solid advice), but I don’t think that made a difference.

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