So long, Adelaide, and thanks for all the fish!

What a month! We’ve had a lovely warm reception from the press over here in Adelaide and wanted to share some of these stories with you. Oh and that? That’s just a picture of us with a koala. Because why not?

Rom Com Con Review Round-Up

“Warm, lively and comical” FOUR STARS
Miranda Richardson, The Australia Times

“Delightful, sweet and damned funny… Go see Rom Com Con – you won’t be disappointed.”
Stephen Davenport, InDaily

“An utter delight; endearing, playful, poignant, funny, wise, wonderful!”
Anthony Vawser, Stage Whispers

“Charming and insightful… you can’t help but leave with a smile on your face and hope in your heart.”
Nikki Mott, Rip It Up

“Humorous and relatable… instantly likeable…”
Heckler Magazine

“Engaging and funny… hilarious”
Maggie Wood, Adelaide Theatre Guide

“Insightful, gentle, quirky… a warm and engaging hour of storytelling.”
Bert R., Audience Review on TalkFringe.com

When I Grow Up  Review Round-Up

“Relaxed, humorous, energetic and effervescent … a truly inspiring tale of recovery, discovery and epiphany … Burton’s having a ball and invites all of us to the dance.” FOUR STARS
Rip It Up

“Makes you smile and think.” FOUR STARS
Sunday Mail

“Hope and positivity runs throughout.”
The Advertiser

“Honest humour at its best…will leave you laughing, crying and questioning adulthood…current, relevant, engaging…a pleasure to watch” HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SHOW
Fringe Review

Overlooked: A Roll-Call of the Small Review Round-Up

“You will surely be gasping with laughter… Don’t overlook this one.”
Adelaide Theatre Guide

“Sketch comedy in the finest British tradition.”
Bert R., Audience Review on TalkFringe.com

“20 seconds didn’t go buy without a belly laugh… Cleverly crafted prose, able to create a wonderful atmosphere and worth every penny.”
Launa A., Audience Review on TalkFringe.com

Wherever Next?

When I Grow Up continues touring Australia with Imagination Workshop (the company behind the Faulty Towers Dining Experience), with a full run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, starting tomorrow. .

Overlooked is next to be seen back in the UK at the Brighton Fringe in May.

Keep Up to Date!

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Thank you Adelaide for all the new friends we’ve made, and all the sushi we’ve eaten!

Where“relaxed, humorous, energetic and effervescent …a truly inspiring tale of recovery, discovery and epiphany … Burton’s having a ball and invites all of us to the dance.”???? RIP IT UP

Makes you smile and think. ???? SUNDAY MAIL

Hope and positivity runs throughout. THE ADVERTISER

“honest humour at its best…will leave you laughing, crying and questioning adulthood…current, relevant, engaging…a pleasure to watch” HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SHOW – FRINGE REVIEW

- See more at: http://www.julietteburton.co.uk/farewell-adelaide/#sthash.oDuqSl9N.dpuf

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Rom Com Con at Adelaide Fringe Week 1 Round-Up!

Phew, it’s been an amazing first week for Mace and Burton at Adelaide Fringe!

We were thrilled to be featured on the front page of the Advertiser‘s Fringe pull-out on Thursday 20th February (pictured). This morning we chatted with the lovely Catherine Kenneally on the Radio Adelaide Arts Breakfast show – lucky listeners back home in the UK were even able to tune in online! Anyone who missed it, we’ll be posting a link to the archive here when it becomes available in a couple of days’ time.

Meanwhile we can also be found performing 10-minute extracts of our shows regularly at the Fringe in the Mall showcase stage (at the King William Street end of Rundle Mall). If you still need to be convinced to come down to the Bakehouse Theatre to catch Rom Com Con, why not pop along to one of these free tasters and make up your mind! Spots still to come for Rom Com Com Con:
TODAY! 4.50pm
Saturday 1st March 3.30pm
Saturday 15th March 1.15pm

ROM COM CON – REVIEWS

After just three performances of Rom Com Con, some lovely people have already written some lovely words about the show. Check out some of the reviews below:

“Delightful, sweet and damned funny… Go see Rom Com Con – you won’t be disappointed.”
Stephen Davenport, InDaily

“An utter delight; endearing, playful, poignant, funny, wise, wonderful!”
Anthony Vawser, Stage Whispers

“Charming and insightful… you can’t help but leave with a smile on your face and hope in your heart.”
Nikki Mott, Rip It Up

“Humorous and relatable… instantly likeable… If you’re single and frustrated with the dating scene, this is the show for you. If you’re a fan of cheesy rom coms, this is the show for you. If you’re completely disillusioned with love AND cheesy rom coms, you’ll still find something you like in this show.”
Heckler Magazine

“Engaging and funny… hilarious”
Maggie Wood, Adelaide Theatre Guide

“Insightful, gentle, quirky… a warm and engaging hour of storytelling.”
Bert R., Audience Review on TalkFringe.com

WHEN I GROW UP – REVIEWS

Meanwhile Burton has already started the Fringe run of her solo show When I Grow Up and has been named number 6 on Fringe Review’s top 30 show recommendations as well as garnering this review:

“Current, relevant and engaging… truly a pleasure to watch.”
Alice Welby, Fringe Review

NEW TO MACE AND BURTON?

Keep up with the latest by following us on Twitter @MaceAndBurton or Facebook – we’ll be posting special ticket offers so keep your eyes peeled!

READY TO BUY YOUR TICKETS?

Rom Com Con

6pm | 17-19, 23, 25-26 Feb and 2-5, 9, 11-12, 16 Mar
The Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas St, Adelaide 5000

Adult: $23; BankSA Customer/ Fringe Benefit Member/ Group/ Concession: $20; Cheap Tuesdays: $17

Buy tickets for Rom Com Con online here.

Solo Shows

Juliette Burton: When I Grow Up
(already running Thursdays-Saturdays at 6.30pm, Sundays at 2pm)

Lizzy Mace: Overlooked: A Roll-Call of the Small
(opening 2nd March at 8.45pm, running till 16th March!)

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Mace and Burton at Adelaide Fringe 2014 – Solo Show Information

We continue our countdown to Adelaide Fringe… It’s just three weeks until our first performance of Rom Com Con on 17th February, but did you know, both Mace and Burton are also bringing solo shows to Adelaide?

“WHAT???” we hear you cry.

“YES!!!” we respond in unison, as is our way. “AND WHAT’S MORE”, we continue, again in unison, and accidentally shouting in our excitement, “ALL THREE OF OUR SHOWS ARE PART OF THE BANKSA SUPPORT ACT SCHEME!”

“The scheme giving Fringe-goers the opportunity to buy opening night tickets at only $10 a pop?” you double-check, being keen to uphold your journalistic duty to accurate reporting.

“YES!” we yell, as though someone has sat on the volume button of our remote-control, continuing in unison in a way that was at first endearing but is now beginning to creep you the heck out, “BUT BE SURE TO LET EVERYONE KNOW, AS THERE ARE LIMITED NUMBERS OF TICKETS AT THE SPECIAL PRICE!”

“Well”, you think to yourself as we run off giggling to our next pressing engagement, “I’d love to complement my visit to the twin town of Mace&Burton with a trip down their solo streets. I’d better read on for more info…”

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Juliette Burton’s debut solo show When I Grow Up premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013 and garnered a series of 5-star reviews and glowing comments from audience and industry luminaries, including John Lloyd, producer of QI, who invited Juliette to feature in “John Lloyd presents… Quite Interesting Edinburgh: Comedy you can learn from” as part of the BBC Edinburgh Festivals.

About the Show:

Does growing up mean letting go? As a child Juliette wanted to be many things: ballerina, princess, Muppet. Did she have it right when she was a kid? Did she know her vocation before life got in the way? In this true-life docu-comedy, Juliette realises her childhood ambitions. Artist, farmer, ballerina, baker, princess, pop star, cartoon, Muppet; she’s living the dream… every dream she ever had! Is what we do who we are?

When I Grow Up at the Adelaide Fringe 2014

6.30pm (Thurs-Sat) / 2pm (Sun) / plus several 11am shows (see FringeTix for full details)
15 Feb – 15 Mar | The Channel 9 Kevin Crease Studios, Carclew
Adult: $20; Concession/ Fringe Benefits Members: $15
When I Grow Up is a BankSA Support Act; a limited number of $10 tickets are available for opening night.

BUY TICKETS HERE

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Lizzy Mace’s Overlooked: A Roll-Call of the Small will have its world premiere at the Adelaide Fringe 2014.

After spending six weeks’ immersive study of improvisation and sketch comedy writing over July and August 2013 at the legendary Second City Training Center in Chicago, Lizzy has teamed up with award-nominated director Logan Murray to devise and develop her first solo hour of character comedy – packed full of never-seen-before material!

Presenting a series of endearingly awkward characters each learning how to release their inner bigness, Overlooked takes a sideways look at feeling undervalued. Expect fun. Expect silliness. Expect heart.

As a comedy performer, Lizzy has been described as “hilarious” (UKtheatre.net), “charming” (The Latest) and “geeky” (Chortle).

Lizzy Mace: Writer-Performer

Lizzy Mace is an award-winning comedy writer and performer, veteran of three Edinburgh Fringes and two Brighton Fringes. A gifted comic actress with an eye for the absurd, her credits include Mrs Smith in The Bald Prima Donna, The Sitcom Trials at Leicester Square Theatre, Middie Paradock in A Resounding Tinkle, sketch groups Moulin Exes and Messrs Comedy, improvisers The Amazing Spectacles and immersive comedy performers Gideon Reeling. Lizzy has also performed stand-up comedy in the UK, Australia and the United States. Back in the mists of time, Lizzy was an undergraduate at Cambridge University, home of the prestigious Footlights, and later went on to train in acting at a major London drama school.

Logan Murray: Director

Logan Murray began his career as a stand up in 1984. His directing work has been nominated for prizes and he has worked with award winning comedians like Greg Davies and Milton Jones. Over the past fifteen years he has taught around two thousand people the art and craft of comedy. Many of them are quite well known. He has written for theatre, TV, radio and also a popular teach yourself book about Stand Up Comedy.

About The Second City

The Second City is the world’s leading school of improvisation and centre for sketch comedy, with bases in Chicago, Toronto and Hollywood. The Training Center has launched the careers of numerous stars of American film and TV including Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Mike Myers, Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, Jon Favreau and Jack McBrayer. For more information see www.secondcity.com

Overlooked at the Adelaide Fringe 2014

8.45pm | 2-16 Mar (not 10 Mar) | The Austral, 205 Rundle Street, Adelaide 5000
Adult: $20; Group/ Concession: $17; BankSA Customer/ Fringe Benefit Member/ Cheap Tuesdays/ Previews: $15
Overlooked is a BankSA Support Act; a limited number of $10 tickets are available for opening night.

BUY TICKETS HERE

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Mace and Burton bring their award-winning 5-star show ROM COM CON to Adelaide Fringe 2014!

Rom-Com-Con-LST-biggerHave you ever watched a romantic comedy and wondered “Could that actually happen in real life?” Lizzy Mace and Juliette Burton have. And what’s more, they decided to find out!

Join them as they try talking to coma patients (While You Were Sleeping), standing on street corners (Pretty Woman) and going on dates with guys whose paddling pools they used to play in (Bridget Jones’s Diary) – all in an attempt to find The One.

Do the rom coms hold the key to finding true love? Or are they all just one big con?

One of the breakthrough shows from the Edinburgh Fringe 2011 and 2012, Rom Com Con has its Australian premiere at the Adelaide Fringe 2014!

  • Winners of an Argus Angel Award for Excellence and ‘Top Nominees‘ for Best Comedy at The Latest Festival Awards, Brighton Fringe 2012.
  • Named in Chortle.co.uk‘s TOP 10 real-life stories and The List magazine’s TOP 5 free shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2012.
  • Ranked #4 on EdTwinge.com out of all 2600+ shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2012 according to the overall positivity of Tweets in which they are mentioned.
  • 5- and 4-star reviews from Three Weeks, The Skinny, Fringe Guide and Blastocyst.com; mentions in The Stage, The Independent, and Australian comedy website Squirrel Comedy.
  • Appeal to a wide demographic; regularly sold-out shows. Men and women, from pre-teens to septuagenarians, even a stag party of 12 lads loved it. Unanimously positive reactions from audience members saying that they’d been given hope, confidence and felt uplifted.
  • Strong press and industry interest. Mace and Burton have been interviewed for podcast and radio shows, featured in Fest magazine, The Skinny and BehindtheFringe.com and performed an extract of Rom Com Con on BBC Radio Scotland’s MacAulay and Co in Edinburgh 2012.
  • Mace and Burton are working on a feature-length screenplay of Rom Com Con with an established film producer; interest from festival organisers, tour managers and TV producers.

 Rom Com Con at the Adelaide Fringe 2014

6pm | 17-19, 23, 25-26 Feb and 2-5, 9, 11-12, 16 Mar
The Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas St, Adelaide 5000

Adult: $23; BankSA Customer/ Fringe Benefit Member/ Group/ Concession: $20; Cheap Tuesdays: $17

Rom Com Con is a BankSA Support Act; a limited number of $10 tickets are available for opening night.
Buy tickets online at: http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix

Company History

Lizzy Mace and Juliette Burton met as actor-members of the Cambridge scriptwriting forum, WRiTEON! They began writing together at a stand-up comedy workshop in 2010. Lizzy’s solo show Crush was well-received by reviewers and audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe 2010: “a charming presentation into the nature of romantic crushes … one of the more fruitful hours spent in the smaller rooms of the Free Fringe” (Chortle.co.uk). Since discovering a shared love of all-things-confused, and a shared confusion of all-things-love, a light-hearted romp through the rom coms was the natural choice for their first offering as a double-act. Rom Com Con had huge success at Edinburgh Fringe 2011 and 2012, at Brighton Fringe 2012 and 2013, and on a tour of the UK. Mace and Burton look forward to performing in Adelaide, the first time the show will be presented outside the UK!

Solo Shows

Mace and Burton are both bringing their new solo shows to Adelaide alongside Rom Com Con.

Juliette Burton: When I Grow Up | Thurs-Sat 6.30pm, Sun 2pm | 14 Feb – 16 Mar
In this true-life docu-comedy, Juliette realises her childhood ambitions. Artist, farmer, ballerina, baker, princess, pop star, cartoon, Muppet; she’s living the dream…every dream she ever had!

For full details including venue, price and schools info, see www.julietteburton.co.uk/shows/whenigrowup

Lizzy Mace: Overlooked: A Roll-Call of the Small | 8.45pm | 2 Mar – 16 Mar (not 10 Mar)
Fresh from training in improvisation and sketch comedy at the legendary Second City, Chicago, award-winning UK writer-performer Lizzy Mace presents a series of endearingly awkward characters.

For full details including venue and price, see www.lizzymace.co.uk/shows/overlooked

BankSA Support Acts

All three of Mace and Burton’s shows have been selected to be part of the BankSA Support Act scheme, which supports emerging artists and encourages audiences to see something new.

WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY:

“Darling of the stand-up documentary Dave Gorman is preparing for another crowd-pulling show; but across the street in a dark basement, Lizzy Mace and Juliette Burton have perfected his art. … Full of laughs and with the odd tear-jerking moment thrown in for good measure … perfect for anyone who’s ever despaired of finding love.”
**** Three Weeks

“Sweet and funny … the feel-good hit of the summer, guaranteed to make you smile”
**** The Skinny

“An engaging hour of storytelling… funny, poignant and heartwarming… this is one of the most organised and slick performances I’ve seen in a free show and it’s definitely the best free performance I’ve seen this year… a great show that has lots of potential and could easily be transferred to TV.”
**** Fringe Guide

“A brave and successful crusade to find out how true to life Hollywood romance really is… If Richard Curtis made a film of this, he wouldn’t even have to alter a word of script.”
***** Blastocyst.org.uk

Download the full press release here: Mace and Burton Adelaide 2014.

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Amazing reaction to Radio 4 interview

Yesterday Juliette spoke on the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4. The response on Twitter to her words about the use of language and terminology linked to mental health has been overwhelmingly positive. Here are just a few of the tweets:

A fresh voice in the ‘mental’ lingo debate. @JulietteBurton manages funny but inoffensive… Camilla Swain – Mind Charity

Great to hear our blogger @JulietteBurton on @BBCr4today, helping to keep the dialogue about mental health going in the media. #TimetoTalk Time to Change

Thought you were very sensible in your Today programme interview this morning. Drew the line very clearly. Stephen

Excellent discussion with @JulietteBurton on @radio4 discussing the issues and effects of language in mental health. Donna

Great to hear the language around mental health being discussed so eloquently. People still don’t get it tho’. And also the everyday language of stigmatisation isn’t challenged enough – excellent to hear race/gender contextualisation – perhaps for the first time ironically through Halloween gate we have reached a tipping point. But we need +ve role models…in the media and drama and everyday not just the red top sensationalism of the crazed killer or lone freak. Well done you. Text Artist

Lovely to hear your voice this morning, and the argument was so eloquently expressed. Very well done! Sarah

Well done. It was good to have a comic talking about language use, to counter the argument that people should just lighten up / get a sense of humour /stop taking themselves so seriously / stop censoring the use of words ‘Sectioned’

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Juliette on the Today Programme

Juliette was interviewed this morning on BBC Radio 4′s Today Programme. Sarah Juliette on BBC Radio 4Montague chatted to Juliette about mental health and humour – relating it to David Cameron’s recent use of the word “nuts” and the Tesco/Asda Halloween costume debacle.

Listen: Juliette on Today Programme BBC Radio 4

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Post-Fringe breather

Wow. What a month. A month where Burton struggled to keep up with posting on this site!

So here’s the round up from the Edinburgh Fringe 2013:

1st September: Juliette on BBC Radio 4! Juliette speaks on The Listening Project with dear friend Colin Hicks and picked as one of 4 conversations played on BBC Radio 4 as part of an Edinburgh special of The Listening Project. Listen here.

26th August: When I Grow Up SOLD OUT at the Gilded Balloon for a second time!

24th August: Juliette’s burning loins featured on Chortle!

23rd August: Juliette met Brian Henson! And then won silver medal at the Russian Egg Roulette championships at the Malcolm Hardee Awards run by John Fleming. She beat Patrick Monahan, Laura Levites, Kate Copstick, Richard Herring and Bob Slayer to win the coveted silver medal.

22nd August: Juliette’s second blog on the Huffington Post – Children are the Future (of the Fringe…)

21st August: Juliette at John Fleming’s chat show where she talks about comedy and madness! Read more…

20th August 2013: John Lloyd, creator of QI, producer of Spitting Image, Not the Nine O’Clock News, Blackadder and more came to see the show, loved it and booked Juliette to perform on his BBC Potterow show on Tuesday 20th August 2013.

When I Grow Up was featured on John Lloyd presents… Quite Interesting Edinburgh on 20th August 2013 “Comedy you can learn from.” BBC Edinburgh Festivals

20th August: When I Grow Up SOLD OUT at the Gilded Balloon!

17th August: Juliette on Fresh Air – listen now!

14th August: When I Grow Up flash mob fun time success! See more here.

14th August: Juliette wrote for the Huffington Post about comedy being the ultimate cure… Read on!

August 2013: Read the reviews! Juliette was give multiple 5 star reviews, two Top 10 listings, amazing write ups in Chortle, The Stage, The List, The Skinny, New Current, Squirrel Comedy, Broadway World and more…

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ANOTHER 5 stars for When I Grow Up!

“When I Grow Up” is a special show performed by a truly gifted orator who ensures throughout her audience is with her through every step. This is very personal and Burton does not hold back presenting herself and her dreams and thoughts to her audience with an open heart. 5 STARS!

THE NEW CURRENT

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The sweetest audience response so far

After the performance of When I Grow Up on August 14th, Juliette received this message and nearly shed a tear reading it:

Jennie: I first discovered Mace&Burton through their show RomComCon 2 years ago and I loved it and them. Y’know when something just strikes a chord and ‘gets’ to you, you may not know why, but it just does…well that did. I remember bounding out with a smile on my face, and consequently, I ended up dragging my then other half along to see it with me at the Camden Fringe and I saw it again along with Heartbreak Hotel last year in Edinburgh.
When Juliette announced that she was doing her own show this year, I began to watch the development of it via Twitter, YouTube, etc with interest and laughter, along with an added dose of admiration as she talked openly about her mental health issues.
And so it was with great anticipation that I sat down at the Gilded Balloon today to watch When I Grow Up.
I’m a theatre (mainly of the musical variety) girl through and through, so a cast of one stood in front of a projector screen is fairly far removed from what I normally class as entertainment. However, it WAS entertainment.
I laughed, I smiled, I shed a tear, I watched in admiration and found it inspirational. I think at least one part of it must have struck a chord with every single audience member. Personally, it did on many levels and I loved how it captured the essence of “anything can happen if you let it”. But until that amazing thing does happen, just be happy in life.
I firmly believe that if everyone in the world watched When I Grow Up, then the world would be a much more content and cheerier place. It is a well written and delivered show, and the amount of work that has gone into it is incredible…and I cannot recommend it enough.
Watch it, and learn to be happy with who you are, whoever or whatever you are.

 

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Flash mob success!

Juliette’s When I Grow Up flash mob was an utter success! Today on the Royal Mile choreographer and star of Stomp Omari Carter joined Juliette and pals for a once in a lifetime Edfringe experience – a When I Grow Up inspired FLASH MOB!


 

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