Deb Filler in Melbourne

January 18, 2015 by Geoff Sirmai
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Hilarious Antipodean comedienne and actress Deb Filler returns to Australia with her latest sparkling tour-de-force: I LOST IT IN KIEV – in two shows only on Saturday 28 February at Melbourne’s Theatre Works playhouse in St Kilda.

Deb Filler

Deb Filler

The star of international hits “Punch Me in the Stomach” and “Filler-Up” brings her newest show to Melbourne’s Theatre Works in St Kilda for a one-night only, two-show ‘whistle stop’… en-route to NZ, LA and back to Toronto, which she now calls home.

It’s a rib-tickling journey full of stories and songs as she schleps through the back streets of the world’s most exotic destinations to find out how she Lost it in Kiev! 

Deb Filler is a master storyteller who holds audiences in the palm of her hand with her zany tales – tall and true. NZ-born but with deep Aussie roots, Deb is renowned for her rich character portrayals (36 characters in Punch Me in the Stomach, 27 characters in Filler Up! – while baking bread live onstage!). She has performed internationally and all over Australia: from Off Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop and La Mama where Punch Me began its life, to Berlin, Edinburgh, Los Angeles, Washington, London, NZ, Montreal, Melbourne, (Gas Works. Anthill, National Theatre) Sydney, (Belvoir Street, Ensemble Theatre). Her work has been frequently adapted for screen, won awards and elite nominations. She is shortly to appear in the feature documentary The Last Laugh alongside comedy legends Mel Brooks and Larry David and her upcoming two-hander My German Roots are Showing is set to be read for producers in London.

She’s also hoping to be able to announce a one-off Melbourne 1 March screening of her recently completed documentary “We Are Here” about 5 Jews in contemporary Poland. “You’ll fall in love with Henryk and Irena, that’s a promise” says Deb. Stay tuned for details to be published!

Meanwhile on stage with “I Lost it in Kiev” Deb presents a brand new swag of stories; we follow her in and around the best restaurants of Paris, a kibbutz in Israel, to Canada, London, New York, then back to Paris again. And we share a never-to-be-forgotten experience in the Ukraine. If life is a colorful learning curve, is there such a thing as ‘enough already’?

“Kiev is a sampling of stories from around the world,” says Deb, “told from the heart and reflecting a performer’s life on the road – a life well-lived, funny and real. They’re dripping with humour – a little bit eyebrow-raising at times – and all reflecting the human condition.”

I LOST IT IN KIEV starring Deb Filler
Saturday 28 February 5pm and 8pm
Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda
Tickets $37.75 /  $32.75 (concession)
www.theatreworks.org.au or (03) 9534 3388

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