Projects

2009

BIG WEST FESTIVAL, Melbourne International Comedy Festival

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN COW

“This is mad: actors in cow suits, audience shouting “moo” and doing the clip-clop dance, conceptual cows and conceptual buckets. It’s a performance like nothing you’ve ever seen – and it’s a riot…This show is bonkers…Just go to see if you think you can cow.” – Kate Herbert, Herald Sun

“Inverting the traditional role of the audience, So You Think You Can Cow is a madcap and hilarious performance, albeit one that’s dangerously reliant on the audience’s willingness to embrace the playful spirit of the show.” – Richard Watts

“…this utter oddity of a production subverts the [La Mama raffle] custom for slightly terrifying ends…completely bizarre, often hilarious and constantly confusing…What the whole cow theme signifies will differ for each viewer, but it’s a concept milked for all its worth.” 
– John Bailey, The Sunday Age

“…we find in So You Think You Can Cow the perfect comedic compromise … There are moments from left field that are incredibly funny”
 – James Ayers, Arts Hub

“The surreal comedy carried audience participation to extremes, with random audience members performing the show. Donning headphones and cow-costumes, each new ”cow” received performance instructions via the headset. The best scene involved mad-cap physical theatre to a wild and incantatory Dadaist soundtrack. – Cameron Woodhead, The Age

Have ever wanted your own private training intensive on performance practice?
Have you ever wanted someone to tell you what to do in every circumstance?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get inside a cow suit?

‘Say cow like wow!’

CREDITS

By – Margaret Cameron and David Young
Sound Design – Jethro Woodward
Additional dramaturgy – Jason Cross

So You Think You Can Cow was workshopped and developed through an Aphids residency undertaken at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts as part of an Inter-Arts Office, Australian Council hybrid arts residency. So You Think You Can Cow received support from Arts Victoria and the City of Melbourne.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival, La Mama at the Carlton Courthouse
31 March – 11 April

Big West Festival, The Dog Theatre, Footscray
20 – 22 November

Images Bill Buckley and David Young

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