A hand-picked collection of nocturnal performers, joke-makers and storytellers take over Griffin during Batch Festival to make some (very entertaining) noise until late (well, 11pm, so pretty early actually, but you get it). Featuring stand-up comedian, musician and performance artist Jared Jekyll, songstress Matilda Abraham, word merchant Eddie Sharp, writer and comedian Jennifer Wong, and our resident yarn-maestro Phil Spencer (Story Club).
Performance Date & Time
Friday 20 April, 10pm – 11pm
Eddie Sharp is a writer, comedian and the founder of Erotic Fan Fiction. He has a weekly comedy show on FBi Radio.
Matilda Abraham is a vocalist and songwriter who produces her own music. A trained musician, Matilda’s sound combines a long-held fascination with songwriting with etherial vocals, warm synths and delay affected drum machine. Matilda was a 2016 participant in the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy. This opportunity saw her selected by Grammy award winning producer Chilly Gonzales, along with four other participants, to collaborate for a sold out show in Montreal, Canada. Matilda’s latest EP Away came out on February 12th, 2018. Heavily layered vocal arrangements feature prominently providing a bed of lush texture. This is juxtaposed by her use of cheap, vintage Casio keyboard and drum machine. Effects and layering of instruments take the music deep into the realm of production where Matilda continues to cut her teeth on the full indie artist skill set.
“She reminds me of a young Leslie Feist. Suffice it to say her future’s bright.” Chilly Gonzales (Daft Punk, Feist)
An accomplished actor, musician, writer and comedian, Jared’s comedy prowess has cemented him as a familiar face on the Australian Film, TV & Stand Up comedy circuit, and a sought after support act having opened for international comedians Tony Hinchcliffe (Netflix), Tom Green (Charlie’s Angels), DJ Douggpound (Tim & Eric) and Ari Shaffir (Netflix). A graduate of the Australian Institute of Music (B.A. Music Theatre), Jared went on to write a handful of critically-acclaimed cabarets that toured with many repeat seasons Dance with De Vil; all whilst touring Australia himself as part of both the highly praised cult-comedy duo Jekyll x James (Paradise & Cactus Blastus), and solo, playing all of the major comedy & fringe festivals Australia has to offer, to a slew of hype and 4 star reviews. In 2017 he won the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ award at SIFF for his role in Must Go Faster’s short film, Jinxed. In addition to supporting international comedians, Jared has opened for US hip hop superstar DMX, rapped up a storm on Triple J, been featured on the Comedy Channel & ABC Comedy, and has been seen in commercials for Optus, Pizza Hut, Dimetapp, ANZ & Nickelodeon. Last but not least, Jared just shot We’re All Going to Die, a film project created by the legendary Stefan Hunt. He stars alongside Hugo Weaving and it’s pretty damn cool.
Jennifer Wong is a comedian from Sydney. With her love of language and wordplay, she’s written for Good News Week, presented Bookish on ABC iview, and performed at comedy and arts festivals in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Edinburgh. Off the comedy stage, she’s appeared in the second series of Plonk, and was a writer/performer in the sold-out The Serpent’s Table at Sydney Festival (a Contemporary Asian Australian Performance and Griffin Theatre co-production). Jennifer is a regular guest on ABC Sydney’s Thank God It’s Friday.
Phil is a writer & performer. Originally from the UK, he grew up in semi-rural South Oxfordshire (the rough bit) and spent many years living and working in the city of Glasgow (the posh bit). He now lives in Sydney where he makes comedy, theatre and stories for radio. Phil is the 2017 Studio Artist at Griffin. He was the recipient of Peggy Ramsey Foundation Award for Writers and has been shortlisted for the Philip Parsons Playwright Award not once, not twice, but thrice (but still hasn’t won it – he’s pretty sure it’s rigged). Phil has performed in lounge rooms across Sydney, arts festivals across Australia and in shitty rooms above pubs the world over. His most recent show credits include: Hooting & Howling (NSW Tour, Lorne Arts Festival, Sydney Theatre Company Rough Draft) Glorious Pomegranate (Sydney Fringe), All Lost in the Supermarket (Sydney Writers Festival), Destroyer of Worlds by Caleb Lewis (Adelaide Fringe), You And Whose Army? (UK tour).
“Spencer’s charm and winning on-stage charisma is simply delightful” - ✮✮✮✮ The Brag
“Phil Spencer, the Dave Allen of modern storytelling, sans the scotch and half finger” - ABC 702