From poetry to improv, Allsorts is for everyone
A VOLUNTEER-RUN variety show open to acts of all kinds is giving new and emerging Rockhampton performers a place to hone their craft, and building a comedy scene in Central Queensland from scratch along the way.
Allsorts Open Mic holds free shows every month at The Workshop in East St, combining stand up comedy, live music, and other acts from poetry to improv.
Thomas Sayers is a local comedian and regular Allsorts performer. He says not only does the show give amateur performers a place to work on their acts; it's helped raise public awareness of alternative forms of live entertainment like stand up comedy.
"It's made the public realise that different types of entertainment don't have to be a big city thing," Thomas says.
"Not only has it given local comedians a chance to express ourselves, it's opened up so many doors for other performers and shown you can make something out of nothing, even a local comedy scene."
Anne Galvin is a familiar face from Rockhampton Little Theatre productions, and joined Allsorts to expand her skills into comedy.
"Since then I've done RAW Comedy in Brisbane, performed in front of various - and questionable - audiences, and met fabulous people.
Thabo Tshuma is a local comedian and one of the founders of Allsorts, and has performed in every show since the project started in late 2014.
"Allsorts has been the only place for locals to do stand up for a long time," Thabo says. Thabo and fellow CQ comedian Damien Blackman recently launched Out Of Order Comedy, a new venture that builds on the progress Allsorts has made in establishing a comedy scene in Rockhampton, and strengthens our local professional comedy circuit. Allsorts Open Mic shows are free, and open to acts of all kinds and all levels of experience.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Allsorts Open Mic
WHEN: Tonight, June 9 from 7.30pm
WHERE: The Workshop, 45 East St
Free show, everyone welcome, licensed venue