More Fringe Fever: Jonno Katz – Melbourne Fringe Festival

 Jonno Katz trained in Williamstown. This is his third Melbourne Fringe, but he’s performed in about 100 others and has performed in Canada, Australia, Edinburgh, Prague, India, Dublin, the USA, Mexico and Israel. In 2009 he decided to go to India to dance every day and ended up at the largest intentional community in the world. There he found a couple of directors and a theatre and created The Accident.

 Jonno Katz trained in Williamstown. This is his third Melbourne Fringe, but he’s performed in about 100 others and has performed in Canada, Australia, Edinburgh, Prague, India, Dublin, the USA, Mexico and Israel. In 2009 he decided to go to India to dance every day and ended up at the largest intentional community in the world. There he found a couple of directors and a theatre and created The Accident. 

Show Info:

 

What’s your show called?
The Accident When is it on?
22 Sept – 8 Oct (Thurs, Fri & Sat) 

Where is it on?  
The Space Dance and Arts Centre, 318 Chapel St, Prahran How do you get there by public transport?
Tram 72 or train to Prahran Station Is there parking?
Street. 

What time does it start?
8.30pm
How much are tickets?
$22/$18. Are tickets available at the door?
Yes

 Fore more information, visit the Melbourne Fringe Festival Website 

A Quick Chat With Jonno Katz…

 The Accident1.     What words best describe you Fringe show?Sweaty Love. 2.     Who does your show speak to?Dreamers and Doers. 3.     What other Fringe show will you NOT miss?At the Sans Hotel 4.     What other Fringe show do you wish you were in?A donkey and a parrot 5.     What do you love most about the Melbourne Fringe?People putting themselves out there. 6.     How many Melbourne Fringes have you performed in?This will be my 3rd Melbourne Fringe and I must be close to 100 Fringes all around the world. 7.     If you could invite anyone to see your show (and you know they would come), who would it be?Mike Leigh and Nelson Mandela. 8.     What is the best theatre advice you’ve received?Make plenty of mistakes. 9.     What was your most embarrassing moment on stage?Performing to English backpackers at a hostel in Byron Bay for a BBQ night. At the end when we passed the hat around we got lots of cigarette butts and half a sausage that had fallen on the ground. 10.  Do you have any pre- or post-show rituals?Yes, every show has a different ritual. For one show I had to pin a handstand before going on and how well I pinned it would be how well the show was going to go. That was a dumb move. For this show I do a lot of pre show massaging and end meditating. Post show I down a litre of water in 7 seconds. 11.  What’s your favourite theatre superstition? Do you believe it?I don’t like to be seen before I go on but I don’t believe in it. 12.  What was the last book you read?The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida 13.  What TV show do you never miss?Damages, Peep Show, The Thick of it, Louie, Dexter, Breaking Bad, Gavin and Stacey, The Wire, Green Wing, True Blood, Battlestar Gallactica, The Trip…just to name a few. 14.  What film will you watch again and again?Spinal Tap, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Duck Soup. 15.  Who will hate your Fringe show?People who only like stand-up comedy. 16.  What show changed how you see theatre? Why?The first Buffont (theatre of the grotesque) show I ever saw changed the way I saw theatre. I’d never seen people having that much fun. 17.  What was your first time on stage?I was one of Santa’s helpers in kindergarten. My Dad was Santa. Strangely, we were the only Jewish family at the kindergarten. 18.  What is the first theatre show you remember seeing?A pantomime at Monash University. I think it was Peter Pan. 19.  If you had access to the TARDIS, what performance would you see first?The Marx Brothers. 20.  What director/actor/writer would you just die to work with?Mike Leigh, Lars Von Trier or Sophia Ford Coppola. 21.  What is your favourite theatre space in Melbourne?The Black Box at the Arts Centre. 22.  Where in Melbourne do you always take visitors?Laneways 23.  How do you have your coffee?Long machiatto. 24.  What’s the best pizza topping?Pineapple 25.  What do love most about your Fringe show?I get to dance a lot and try dramatic acting.

Anne-Marie Peard

Anne-Marie spent many years working with amazing artists at arts festivals all over Australia. She's been a freelance arts writer for the last 10 years and teaches journalism at Monash University.

Anne-Marie Peard

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