Media Release: Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Frisky and Mannish’s School of Pop
February 23 – March 7
“Haven’t so much arrived as been flown in by private jet as fully blown superstars…white-hot ones to watch.” Time Out, UK
Tickets on sale December 10
Have you ever found a pop song funny or been so angry you exploded into a chorus of Beat It?
Then you have been chosen. School is in session and pop is on the syllabus.
From complete obscurity to fully-blown superstars overnight, Frisky and Mannish played to packed houses at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Now it’s Sydney’s turn to be educated with the purveyors of twisted pop cabaret set to make their Australian debut this Mardi Gras with the hilarious School of Pop.
Direct from their West End Christmas show at The Duchess Theatre, Frisky & Mannish will trawl through 50 years of pop music with astonishing skill and a death-defying lack of restraint.
Felicity Fitz-Frisky (an English eccentric) and Hansel Amadeus Mannish (a gypsy genius), hail from the world-renowned Leipzig Conservatoire.
Their manifesto is to uncover the ‘unfamiliar’ elements dormant within the ubiquitous classic pop propaganda of Lily Allen, Girls Aloud, George Michael and the Pussycat Dolls among others.
It is their mission to re-educate the world as to the plethora of possibilities hidden within such seemingly innocuous hits as Come On Eileen and Thriller, for example.
And sometimes they just tit about with pop songs.
In reality, Laura Corcoran (Frisky) and Matthew Jones (Mannish) cut their comedy teeth with the Oxford University Revue from 2004 to 2006 (other former Revue members include Rowan Atkinson and Michael Palin).
Following Oxford, Laura graduated from the Musical Theatre course at the Royal Academy of Music, and Matthew began working as a jobbing musician.
Since they formed Frisky and Mannish in March 2008, the pair hasn’t looked back, starting with a one-off charity appearance on Battersea Barge.
Within a year they were performing in New York, Berlin and a sold-out season at Leicester Square Theatre.
Now one of the most in-demand acts on the comedy circuit, they apply their academic style to every major pop icon from the past 30 years.
Frisky and Mannish are musicians on a mission. It’s Eternal Flame, Jim, but not as we know it!
“sparkling musical comedy…will leave you gasping for air as they deliver hit after hit in a hilarious style far removed from the songs' origin. Unbelievable.” The Sun
Date: 23 February – 7 March
Venue: The Studio
Tickets: From $38 or $30 concession
Bookings: 02 9250 7777 or sydneyoperahouse.com
Nathan McIlroy, Senior Publicist
Sydney Opera House
02 9250 7596 / 0434 121 146