He is as iconic to Australian culture as the Sydney Opera House, Uluru, AFL and cracking open tinnies on the porch on a hot summer’s day. He needs no introduction, really, even if we do see him more in various ‘drag’ guises than we do as himself.
Barry Humphries may have said he’d performed his last shows as Dame Edna several years back, but nobody said he wouldn’t tour as himself.
Tickets went on sale last week for the brilliant comedian and all-round intelligent spokesperson’s new production Barry Humphries: The Man Behind the Mask, and already they’re selling so fast, new shows have been added (see Melbourne additions below).
On this tour, Barry will take audiences on a revealing, funny and moving trip through his colourful life and theatrical career in an intimate, confessional evening – seasoned with highly personal, sometimes startling, and occasionally outrageous stories – Australia’s best loved entertainer will be peeling off his mask to introduce the man behind the clown.
On the subject of all things Humphries, to read a brilliant interview with the artist as Dame Edna, get your hands on a copy of the recent interview anthology There’s Your Quote, Mate by Cream Editor, Antonino Tati, out now through New Holland Publishers. Michael Mastess
Barry Humphries – The Man Behind the Mask national tour dates:
NEWCASTLE: Saturday 5 May, 8pm and Sunday 6 May, 1pm at Civic Theatre
BRISBANE: Thursday 10 May, 3pm & 8pm at Concert Hall, QPAC
GOLD COAST: Saturday 12 May, 8pm and Sunday 13 May 3pm at The Star Gold Coast
CANBERRA: Wednesday 16 May, 8pm at Royal Theatre Canberra
SYDNEY: Thursday 17 May, 8pm and Friday 18 May, 8pm at Darling Harbour Theatre, ICC Sydney
MELBOURNE: Wednesday 23, Thursday 24, Friday 25*, & Saturday 26* May at 8pm Hamer Hall (*freshly added dates)
ADELAIDE: Wednesday 30 May, 8pm and Thursday 31 May, 8pm at Festival Theatre
GEELONG: Saturday 2 June, 2pm & 8pm at Deakin’s Costa Hall
Visit tegdainty.com for ticket information.
Photography by Simon Schulter.