MRAN ABBAS CHARITY CRUISE MELBOURNENEW website review by David Black and Grace Liu
The crowd was absolutely thrilled when Imran Abbas boarded the Carol Dee party boat. It seemed that everyone had their camera phones out ready to capture the occasion. I was lucky enough to be invited along with Grace Liu and this was a night we will always remember.
On Sunday 21st November 2022, Road2Bollywood held an amazing fund raiser to support the Pakistani flood relief efforts by organising a meet and greet with one of Pakistan’s biggest stars, Imran Abbas, with a 3 hour boat cruise along the Yarra River.
Imran is an actor, model and singer who is well known in Pakistan for his work on Urdu television. As well as having been a regular on TV since 2003, he has appeared in 5 films, released 7 albums and won a number of awards. He’s in Australia currently to help raise funds for the flood relief efforts in Pakistan.
The meet and greet reception took place aboard the Carol Dee, a spacious double decker boat equipped with an excellent bar, dining areas and a dance floor. This is the biggest boat in the Party Boat Cruises Fleet. The master of the vessel, George, gave everyone the safety drill before we all went on our 3 hour cruise.
A wonderful buffet was provided by Al Ghouse Food, who were amongst the sponsors. There was no shortage of fruit, cakes, samosas and tasty spring rolls to keep the party guests fed throughout the soiree.
The co-host for the night was Hassaan Shah, a journalist, entrepreneur and podcast host. He did a wonderful job informing us about what was happening and introducing guests. Sehrish Khan was the other co-host. She is the Founder, Co-Owner, & Designer at Incredible Women around the Globe as well as a director at Radio Bol. She did an amazing job.
The presentation area was beautifully decorated with floral arrangements, curtains and chairs by Decorbyuzi. Guests were graciously allowed to have their photos taken in this marvellous set up before the entertainment started.
This was a night of glitz and glamour as attendees dressed to the maximum. I was curious as to who had come along to see Imran and support such a worthy cause. I couldn’t get around to everyone as this event was packed out and the night was moving along hard and fast. But I did find a moment here and there to chat to a few.
The first people I spoke to were a newly married couple, Khan Haz and his beautiful wife Sana Khan. Sana runs the fashion label “Sana Fashion”, while Khan is an entrepreneur who has won The Victorian Young Achievers Award, The Australian Small Business Champagne Award and Hong Kong’s Bizz Award.a
Farzana and Farishta were there too. These two young ladies were fans of Imran and wanted to support the Pakistan Flood Relief efforts.
Another lady I spoke to was Sameen from Community Radio Bol who was there to cover the event for the night. Radio Bol is a platform to celebrate uniqueness and beauty of multiculturalism in Australia with Radio.
The official media sponsors for the night was Voice of Australians VOA. Sajid Toori was their anchor for the night. He is also the founder and managing director for VOA. People loved being interviewed by him, in between his coverage of the big event.
Imran himself certainly did not disappoint. He sang beautifully throughout the night, chatted with guests and graciously allowed everyone photo opportunities. You could see in the faces of the guests just how much this man meant to him and the fact that he has come all of the way to Australia to raise funds for flood relief shows how much Pakistan means to him.
The night finished off with a thumping disco on both floors provided by v-dj’s. People danced and partied out until the sun set and the boat finally arrived back at the dock. Grace and I had an amazing time. If I’ve missed anything out in this review it is only because this was go, go, go the whole time and it just wasn’t possible to take it all in.
It was a successful night and we are thankful to Bohemian Rhapsody mag for letting us cover the event, as well as to Road2Bollywood and all the sponsors. I am sure that vital funds were raised to help the people of Pakistan. Kudos to all involved!
special thanks to Rasa Umair, promoter, for a fantastic job
Thespis, or The Gods Grown Old NEW website review by Cass Joy
Libretto by W.S.GILBERT Music by ARTHUR SULLIVAN, JACQUES OFFENBACH New Performing Version by ANTHONY BAKER, TIM HENTY Director: DIANA BURLEIGH Musical Director: GEOFFREY URQUHART
Back story: Celebrating the 151th anniversary of the first collaboration by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. It was traditional for theatres to put on festive works over the Christmas season, and Gilbert and Sullivan were commissioned to provide one for the London’s Gaiety Theatre for Christmas 1871. Much of the music has been lost, but detailed research has allowed the work to be reconstructed.
Review Cass Joy Humorous, engaging and a clever representation of the Mount Olympus gods who are exhausted and aging. The setting is in Ancient Greece but shifts between the land of the mortals and the land of the Mount Olympus gods. The gods actually strike a surprising agreement with the mortal actors and they swop places for a year to better understand each other. Thespis contained humour that had the audience laughing in shock. Cream pie, egg smashing gave a unique 3D prop experience. What would happen if the gods left Mount Olympus to investigate why they had lost the respect of those on earth they ruled? You’ll have to see it yourself and see what all the fuss is about. See the chaos unfold with the riotous production from Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Victoria.
RISE TO THE RUNWAY NEW website photos by Adrian Phoebe
Saturday, October 29 2022 marked the launch of a new venture RISE TO THE RUNWAY, Emerging Fashion Design Awards at the Tafe Queensland, Robina.
That was the very first of an annual event that will act as a platform for emerging and student designers to debut their labels and make their mark in the Fashion Industry, raising Domestic Violence Awareness.
Entrants were judged on unique design aesthetic, construction, market viability and runway wow factor buy the esteemed judging panel: Tracie Eaton, Debbie Miller, Ryan Payne and Angeline Chanel.
The event was held at the state-of-the-art, sustainable TAFE Robina Campus (Old) in line with the event’s focus on sustainable fashion, enlisting the help of both the events, hair and beauty students, gaining real world industry experience.
The event attracted a range of high profile sponsors including the Preston Campbell Foundation with Aunty Linda performing her welcome to country, Robina Town Centre, KOKO Matrix, Mind Your Fashion, 5ex and the Gold Coast Fashion Project.
The event was honoured to have special guest, Peter Craig from Keri Craig Emporium in attendance to share his history in the fashion industry and present the overall awards to Peggy Leder, Emerging Desigher of the year, Taylor McFarlane, Student Designer of the year and the Rising Star award to Aurora Marskell.
The event was well attended setting the stage for a very successful return in 2023 and into the future.
For those interested in becoming involved or finding out more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella NEW website photos by Neil Chand of M4E - Memories 4 Ever Photography video: Hakam Soufan
Rodgers & Hammerstein present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella from October 23, 2022 - till January 29, 2023 at Sydney Lyric Theatre , Pyrmont NSW
capturing first look media event on 27 Oct
special thanks: Sharonne Lipman of IP Publicity
The Melbourne Fringe Festival NEW Andy Saunders – Everything At The Same Time website review by Jeanette Russell
At the Melbourne Fringe Festival, my accomplice and I watched 2 shows that were enjoyable and very entertaining, we both maintained. . My companion stated that the Grattan gardens in Prahran was an ideal location with lots of cafes, restaurants and pubs, and with a great vibe and atmosphere.
The first show starred Andy Saunders. He's a comedian who was on The Block as a contestant in 2019. . He was funny and very interesting. I liked his materai on covid., and family life, Humorous and witty, not afraid to send himself up either his show was great to watch.. He did impersonations and sounds, very cleverly.
The Melbourne Fringe Festival NEW Benn Bennett, Bec Matthews and Sarah WardUp Late With Kate website review by Jeanette Russell
Following Andy's performance was Up Late with Kate by Benn Bennett, Bec Matthews and Sarah Ward. They did a phenomenal tribute to Kate Bush. So good I thought Sarah could have been Kate Bush and was just brilliant with her renditions of the former's songs and music. The piece was comical, and there was nudity at the end of the show, which came as a surprise as I had forgotten even though it was forewarned in the write up for the show. This band was so multi-talented acting, singing beautifully and doing some skits also . Thoroughly recommend their segment. It was so professional and they all have amazing voices. A stellar show. Thanks so much for the opportunity to view the performances, in a highly suitable spot.
Runway Supermodel Australia x IMTA Model and Talent Search 2022 NEW website images by Neil Chand of M4E - Memories 4 Ever Photography video: Hakam Soufan special thanks: Lovely Bandal
Runway Supermodel Australia x IMTA Model and Talent Search 2022 presented by Runway Supermodel Australia, Runway Academy, IMTA Australia / IMTA - International Modeling & Talent Association took place on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2022 at The Science Theatre, University Mall Kensington
Congratulations to the New Ambassadors representing Runway Supermodel Australia to Los Angeles in a week-long IMTA Convention in 2023. Mr Runway Supermodel Australia 2022, NIYAMAT PREET Miss Runway Supermodel Australia 2022, SHANNON MCHALE
Congratulations to: First Runner-Ups: Alex Kim and Evie Green Second Runner-Ups: Wei Shen Zou and Kajol Chand Best in Talent: Niyamat Preet and Shannon McHale Best in Social Media: Akbar Foladi and Shannon McHale People's Choice Awards: Niyamat Preet and Zoe Cranston
A massive thank you to the event sponsors - SHEIN -IMTA International Modelling and Talent Association -POLAROID - ChicStilo.Magazine - Runway Academy
All the models and hosts got the clothes they wore in the night as a gift from SHEIN. Beach wear, Fashion wear, and New Collection wear. (50 SHEIN Clothing)
40 x IMTA Gift Certificates, 12 x POLAROID cameras and 100 sunnies and beauty kits from SHEIN were generously given away to the guests and models!
Partners of the event: - Academy of Makeup - All About Style - Elegantigraphy
The Melbourne Fringe Festival NEW Hot Department – After Party website review and photos by David Black and Grace Liu
Hot Department's new act "After Party" had people rolling in the aisles at the So Soiree Fringe Garden show on Saturday 22nd October. Honor and Patrick explored sex and picking up via comedy skits to a sold out audience. Together, they sang, danced and weilded absurd and black humour like a sledghammer to the funny bone.
We were treated to everything from night club pickups, conga lines, robots, 90's romcoms and even seances. When you consider that the show was taking place in Greville st, it couldn't have been a more apt location. Grace and I passed by night club after night club on the way there. We even encountered these two Transformer Robots, from Xlent Events, that were just about to make their big entrance at a night club next to the Fringe Garden.
I would recommend this show to anyone in their 20's and 30's. It's hip, up to date, hot and over sexed!
The Melbourne Fringe Festival NEW Granny Bingo website review and photos by Alexander O. Montgomery
GRANNY BINGO An exclusive award-winning event at the So Soiree Fringe Garden as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival Review by Alexander O. Montgomery
Who knew that a session playing the game Bingo would be so fun especially when you have 2 extremely talented and disrespectful grannies at the helm heckling at the audience, relating their stories from yesteryear, flashing their wares *ahem* and being irreverent through it all!
The Melbourne Fringe Festival, an annual independent arts festival in Melbourne organised the So Soiree Fringe Garden this year at the Grattan Gardens in Prahran. Proudly developed and produced by City of Stonnington, a bespoke parlour tent was set up just for this year’s festival which served up the hottest performances of comedy, circus, cabaret, and burlesque. Australia's naughtiest nanas, the dynamic duo Maureen McGilicuddy, and Edith Vale effortlessly entertained us all on 21 October 2022. For an hour, the stand-up comedians fondly related about wars they experienced together, sang and danced on how they hoped the other would first die, and told the crowd (no holds barred) exactly on how they felt about you looks, your outfit, your drink of choice and poked fun about your occupation.
The enormous crowd of fully sold out seats were visibly entertained throughout with laughters all round. After all, who would take any offence to 2 very ‘old ladies’ who scratches their bum and crotch area once every 2 minutes! Everyone in the audience played bingo, won interesting prizes and left with a huge smile. These Golden Gibbo award winners sure know how to entertain! Thank you, grannies, for such an awesome evening of fun, fun, fun! Overall, I rate this event a flawless and solid 10/10.
Geraldine Quinn - BROAD Geraldine Qu8inn is performing her cabaret show as a part of So Soiree Fringe Garden in Prahran. Geraldine provided plenty of laughs with both the dialogue and original songs she performed. It was enjoyable to listen to live music with a keyboard player and follow along with her references from the 90s until the recent global events. Her voice sounded wonderful and it was nice to hear original songs and to listen to the clever lyrics throughout with her interesting story telling. The stories were interesting and relatable to the audience and flowed well.
She is very expressive with her facial expressions but also when describing situations and experiences that we have all experienced but also some unique to a performer. Her show is on again on Friday night 21st October in Prahran so I recommend coming along for a night of laughs and singing an to enjoy original songs that are interesting.
Yummy Bite Sized Yummy Bite Sized is an entertaining cabaret, drag, contortion and burlesque show performed at So Sioree in Prahran with the assistance of Stonnington City Council and Melbourne Fringe. The show was fast paced with excellent performances from all performers and including dancing, juggling, burlesque, hula hoops and plenty of adult humour to make the audience laugh. The acts were exciting, entertaining and funny and had the audience making a lot of noise and cheering for each performer. Hosted by Valerie Hex, she introduced each act as well as performing and was funny and witty. Each performance was well done with plenty of action and humour. Worth seeing as each performance is very good, but the flow of the show keeps the intensity and audience interest with the performer and music showing casing their talents and skills.
The Melbourne Fringe Festival NEW YUMMY BITE SIZED website review and photos by Cassandra Joy
Yummy Bite Sized – Melbourne Fringe Festival Review – Cassandra Van Zeyl
Instant connection with the chandelier purposely positioned in the center of the circus tent inviting eyes upwards by virtue of its sparkle. This multi award winning cabaret was love at first sight, creating an intimate, raunchy and classy atmosphere. The combination of drag dance, circus, burlesque and a contortionist sends shivers down the spine. The audience were completely engrossed in this fun, versatile and alluring show. Drag in essence is an outlet for the erotic sensual self. Stepping into a world of glamour, bursts of colour and dynamite confidence is only the beginning of this unique collaboration of acts. Each performer locked eyes with all audience members, creating a personalized experience for all. The burlesque sequence was the perfect mixture of provocative, comedic and sexy. Inclusivity is the core of this show, where statements like ‘YES QUEEN’ and ‘SLAY’ become part of the culture inside this circus tent. I truly felt their confidence was completely contagious. Laughter is imperative to human happiness and various studies have shown that laughter has positive psychological effects. Do yourself a favour and immerse yourself in this interactive experience and live longer for it. You’ll find your feet dancing, your eyes bulging and your stomach hurting from an abundance of laughter.
The Melbourne Fringe Festival Otto & Astrid Play The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert You’ve Ever Seen! website review and photos by David Black and Grace Liu
Grace and I had such a fantastic time at the So Soiree Fringe Garden on Friday 14th October that we came back to catch another show on Sunday the 17th. This time, we were totally blown away by the Rock Comedy duo “Otto and Astrid.” The Garden really comes alive at night in the glow of neon palm trees and thumping grooves. Reasonably priced drinks and munchies were available at the Boutique Event Co’s caravan bar, while the music was pumped out by 3PBS dj, MzRisk. Otto and Astrid is a red hot, rockin’ comedy that will have you in stitches. Together, this brother and sister perform what they claim is the “greatest rock ‘n roll concert that you have ever seen” with their band “Die Roten Punkte” (The Red Dots). Judging from the audience reaction that night … I would say that they agree. Many were fans who’d been to shows before and they totally packed out “The Parlour” tent.
This was a crazy, over the top experience as Otto and Astrid smashed through some of their big hits, including “Burger Store Dinosaur”, “Rock Bang” and Bananenhous”. Things didn’t always go well though as we witnessed sibling rivalry, arguments on musical presentation and hear some crazy explanations of what the songs are about. The show is audience interactive, so you risk being dragged into all the kerfuffle.
Otto plays the guitar, keytar, loops and is co-vocalist. He tries to keep the show clean and upbeat. His sister, Astrid, plays drums, cowbell and toy accordion. She claims to be lead vocalist while relegating Otto to a mere backing vocals status and chasing him from the drum riser to stake out her territory. She is dominant, loves a drink and hits up on audience members during the song “second best friend.”
The dynamic between this two keeps the audience engaged because you just don’t know what will happen next. Even their biggest fans have no idea because large parts are adlibbed. I know, because I accidentally ended up becoming part of the show when Otto enquired about the notes I was taking. Before I knew it, he had my folder and was reading them aloud and giving Bohemian Rhapsody Mag a fantastic shout out. Unfortunately, he didn’t write down the instructions Astrid gave as to what I should write, but I believe that they will be happy with this article.
The Melbourne Fringe Festival So Soiree Fringe Garden: Hard to Reach Places website review and photos by David Black and Grace Liu
Grace and I had the pleasure of attending the “So Soiree Fringe Garden” on Friday 14th October. The city of Stonnington and The Melbourne Fringe Festival are presenting 11 performances that range from comedy to cabaret and burlesque to circus. We were lucky enough to see two of these amazing productions tonight.
Before getting into the reviews though, I must say that we were both impressed by the set up. The shows were in a gorgeous pop up theatre called “The Parlour”. This beautiful tent is decked out in purple velvet and features an amazing chandelier. It’s cosy too, so you are right there in front of the performers themselves.
The garden was well illuminated with coloured lights on the trees and even a few neon palm trees themselves. There was a food truck with alcohol and plenty of tables with seating, while the grooves were provided all night by 3PBS broadcaster, Lyndelle Wilkinson of “The Afterglow” fame. Her show can be listened to each Wednesday night from 5-7 pm.
Grace and I were totally blown away by the two shows we attended. The first was “Hard to Reach Places” by Anna Lumb. This lady is talented. She tells her tale of the monotony of everyday life as a woman that is no longer young but not yet middle aged. Her story telling is anything but monotonous.
She cleverly uses props such as a toaster, an exercise bike and coffee cups in between each skit. We’re drawn into her world where she speaks of crushed dreams, gender inequality, pregnancy, domestic violence and the expiry date of women. Ok, that sounded like a downer but she presents these serious subjects in such a humorous manner that draws in the audience and gets them laughing. To top it off, she does an amazing hula hoop routine as though to thumb her nose at anyone that wants to write her off.
The Melbourne Fringe Festival So Soiree Fringe Garden: Greece Lightning website review and photos by David Black and Grace Liu
...And now for the second show … “Greece Lightning”. Ummmm. Words cannot really do this show justice. Garry Starr presents a wild, eclectic, audience inclusive tale of ancient Greece like you have never seen before. Think of classical epic meets disco with props, puppets, song and dance – complete with black humour. The sacred tales of Poseidon, Medusa, Oedipus and Narcissus will never be the same again. Garry puts everything imaginable into his performance as he smashes his way through bananas, apples and lettuce in a Herculean show of strength. These are the great legends of Greece as they were never taught in school.
Rio Carnival Charity Ball event took place on Saturday 1st of October 2022 at Melrose Melbourne. The event featured colourful costumes, dinner and drinks, music and dancing, and lots of entertainment with various performers. It was a busy and happy evening for many! It was a great time for a great cause. The guests enjoyed their time and shared generous support totaling more than $17K! The proceeds went towards the charitable missions for the underprivileged people in Philippines, including: Ata/Matagsilog Tribe – Xmas Gift Giving & sharing the blessings San Luis Lumad Community, San Luis, Agusan del Sur Gumitan, Paquibato District, Malabog District, Davao Kibalatong, Paquibato District, Malabog, Davao Toroyan, Marilog District, Davao Baluntaya, Don Marcelino District, Davao Occidental School of the Blind, Toril, Davao City Missionaries of Charity (Elders and Orphanage) Agdao and Matina in Davao City Medical Missions · M’lang, Cotabato – after xmas’22 · Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat · Dinagat Island, Surigao Del Norte Share Me A Dream Charity who managed and organised the event was very grateful to everyone for their support including the following event sponsors (these charitable missions would not be carried out without them!): Sponsors ESPINA REAL ESTATE VEKI BUILD PTY RODER LAWYERS VICOOLA FASHIONISTA LITTLE STARS RUNWAY RICHARD MANNING MMORR TWINNIN BEAUTY ANGELITO VALDEZ PHOTOGRAPHY DAZZLING DANCERS MY TRAVEL SOLUTION LK TRAVEL SORIANO-ORODIO FOUNDATION INC MEGAWORD INTERNATIONAL FRONTROW BEAUTY AND HEALTH PRODUCTS ERMIE BABA BROWN CAROLE REID HAPPY HUT JOY BUHLER GREENSTONE VINEYARD NORMA SANTOS EVA RUDGE
Costume Sponsors PAPING HITCHCOCK ELVIE MILLS CECILIA SCHALKEN MARYANNE PRICHARD AMY HAYWOOD FE FIELDING CELINE HAYES
Donors LALA COSTALES ATTY. ALFE RODER RON BROWLESS ELNA DEOCAMPO EMILITA FUENTES SUSAN TALON SUSAN RODRIGUEZ CHRISTINA BETHAUS MERKEN BALLENER REBECCA LOPEZ DELIA VANDERWERF MARIE LOPEZ JOHANNA AVENIDO TREAT RIGHT SUPPORT SERVICES MEGA NURSES TERRI NICHOLS LAURA PHILLIPS BALDA CONSTRUCTIONS MARIA RIVO DIVINE BASA NATALIE NGUYEN
The event guests congratulated the winners of the Rio costume competition: Rio Queen of the Night - Shae White Rio Princess of the Night – Judith Hocking Rio Diva of the Night – Maria Lisa Baldassarro Rio Face of the Night – Ruby Marquez Rio Sultry of the Night – Nelba Kline Rio Best Dress (Female) – Socorro Gomez Rio Best Dress (Male) – Roy Carbungco and thanked everyone who took time to dress up and create their own costumes for the night.
Very grateful to Terry Recto Tarroza Kane and Share Me A Dream Australia team and friends for the opportunity to be part of this event.