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> “We are WAY too clean!” claims comic actor.

Direct from the 2010 Sydney Fringe Festival, actor/comedian Monica Main roars back into town, putting germs under the comic microscope in the West Australian premiere of her scintillating new character-filled one-woman show A Germ of an Idea: a dirty comedy by Monica Main, 7 – 25 June as part of The Blue Room Theatre’s Up Close Season.

From an historical and hysterical perspective, A Germ of an Idea explores our obsessive relationship with germs through characters such as The Doctor, The Cleaner, and The Housewife – all played by Main, whose family background of scientists has informed her self-devised work exploring evolution, navigation and exploration.

Main, a Victorian College of the Arts graduate based in WA, said she’s excited to be exploring a serious subject that applies to everyone everyday.

“We have become an army of obsessive germinators but it’s a war of paranoia that is impossible to win and which props up a gazillion dollar cleaning product industry,” she said. “The reality is we need bugs as much as the little buggers need us. Our irrational and frankly schizoidal behaviour towards bacteria is perfect for comic examination.”

Directed by Helen Doig, A Germ of an Idea uses comedy in a variety of theatrical ways as Main swiftly transforms between characters, adding in spoof 60s TV advertisements, crazy medical power-point lectures, the odd bit of drag, and an insane range of headscarves.

All tickets through the Blue Room on 9227 7005 and

All media enquiries to JMS Public Relations 0414 743 418

“The characters – appealingly domineering and nutty about eradicating germs – are polished with witty lines.” – Sydney Morning Herald

“Most impressive is Main’s transformation – unrecognisable and pitched perfectly … her delivery was confident and amusing … the show rewards a pun-loving audience so much…” – Drum Media


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