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Damian Callinan: The Merger

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A man in his late-forties is looking towards the camera. He is dressed in an AFL guernsey and has mud on his face. He has been playing a game of Australian Rules football.

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Now an acclaimed feature film adaptation starring Damian Callinan, Kate Mulvany & John Howard, Callinan returns to the stage with the one man tour de force that inspired the Cinefest OZ Prize nominated ‘instant classic.’

The dysfunctional Bodgy Creek Roosters Footy Club is in trouble & will either have to fold or merge with their arch rivals - the Hudson’s Flat Cougars. But prodigal son coach Troy Carrington has other ideas; to save the club he embarks on a programme to recruit refugees & unwittingly takes the community on a journey of change.


Accolades for Damian Callinan: The Merger

NOMINEE: Barry Award, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2010

NOMINEE: West Australian Editor’s Choice Award, FRINGE WORLD 2016


Reviews for Damian Callinan: The Merger

"★★★★ ½ - The Merger is the kind of theatre that makes my life as a theatre-goer worth living. It's a well-crafted play, hilarious and gutsy, charming and dangerous, provocative and subversive" - ArtsHub

"★★★★ ½ - Callinan is one of Australia's most talented character actors. The way he makes an easy and totally believable switch between wildly diverging characters is testament to his skills" - The West Australian

"★★★★ - He is a sharp comic performer and raconteur. What is surprising is the nimbleness and nuance in his characters. All the focus is on Callinan and he holds it expertly" - Sydney Morning Herald



About Damian Callinan

Damian Callinan is a multi award-winning stand-up comic, actor and writer. He is best known to TV audiences for his roles on Skithouse, Before The Game, Spicks and Specks and the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala. It’s for his prolific output of live shows that Callinan is best regarded. His most decorated one man show The Merger (Barry Award nomination) now a feature film (released mid 2018). His other award winning shows include Sportsman’s Night [Barry nomination & Best Comedy Melbourne Fringe], Spaznuts [Piece Of Wood Comedians Choice Award at MICF], Proxy Heroes [Barry nomination], his comedy dance show The Cave the Rave [ABN Amro Edinburgh Foreign Exchange Award], and The Lost WW1 Diary (Best Comedy nomination FRINGE WORLD [Perth] & part of the Victorian VCE Playlist in 2017). Callinan has toured nationally with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) with State Theatre Company SA, Road Trip with Mickey D, Townfolk, and Swing Man.

For more on Damian Callinan and The Merger, please visit his website, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.


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A man football player is handballing a red football to a teammate off camera. He is wearing a guernsey with black and yellow colours. He is wearing long red football socks and grey sneakers. Behind him is a bright blue sky and he is standing on a green oval.

Image: Jason Penlidis

Damian Callinan: The Merger

Genre: Theatre

Origin: VIC

Rating: PG

Duration: 75 mins

Season: 2019

Dates: 13 Feb -24 Feb

Times:
13 - 24 Feb: 9:00pm
20 Feb: 11:00am
23 Feb: 4:30pm

Tickets:

Adult: $28.00
Concession: $25.00
Group (6+): $25.00
Cheap Tuesday: $23.00
Preview: $20.00

Companion Card holders welcome.

Venue: The Studio

HST are making every effort to make our performances accessible to all during the 2019 Adelaide Fringe. Accessible seating is available in The Studio.


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