Part musical theatre, part comedy show, Aeroplane Jelly is a colourful cabaret that explores what it means to be different at The Butterfly Club, as part of the 2024 Midsumma Festival, this January.
Tear open a packet of trauma, add it to a litre of denial, then boil until repressed sexuality bubbles just below the surface. Let it set and what do you get? The chilled, translucent truth: life is a lot like jelly – sweet, colourful and easy to make, but without a mould, a little bit messy.
Aeroplane Jelly stars Stephen Zappia and features both original music and more Moulin Rouge covers than you can poke a Baz at, the show will take you through the soaring take-offs and plummeting landings of growing up queer, including, like your auntie’s birthday trifle, a few cheeky little surprises sprinkled throughout.
Starting as a little show in the basement of a gay bar at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Aeroplane Jelly became a runway success, flying across the seas to be performed during independent sell-out seasons in Sydney and Melbourne, and now joins the festival scene as part of Midsumma, and the Adelaide Fringe shortly after!
The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne
Season: 29 January – 3 February 2024
Information and Bookings: www.midsumma.org.au
Image: Stephen Zappia stars in Aeroplane Jelly (supplied)