Joel Tranquille and four colleagues, Anna Nguyen, Melanie Power, Phuong Tran-Nguyen and Shannon Findlay from Holmesglen Institute’s Event Management course, have organised a variety night titled ‘UNEARTHED’. The event will support ‘up and coming’ musicians and comedians as well as raise money for Able Australia. “We wanted to unearth what the charity does” as well as use the event as “a platform to show the talent of the artists, the musicians and comedians… that we’re bringing on board”, says Joel. “The whole event is about raw talent… and we’re doing the whole thing for charity”.
Able Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that delivers “high quality, person-centred services to people living with multiple disabilities, including deaf-blindness”. Celebrating its 50 year anniversary in 2017, Joel wants their event to not only provide financial support to Able Australia but also to highlight their initiatives and projects so “people know” the good work they do.
“When we say open mic, we’re keeping it naked” says Joel, indicating that the night’s performances are meant to highlight the natural talent of the artists. The musical talent on the bill includes Arlette Daher, Bronte Morrison, Floyd Highland, Jack Pellow, Josh Romig, Serge Maujean and Stephen Foster. Joel notes they “have done a lot to reach out to schools and universities to find people who are studying music, who aren’t already out there doing gigs every weekend but who want to break out into the industry”. Joel is also excited for the inclusion of The Voice’s Jack Pellow who brings additional experience to the line-up.
In regards to the stand-up comedy aspect of the evening, Joel has selected a couple of comedians to entertain the crowd. The comedians lined up to perform at ‘UNEARTHED’ include Anh-Tu, Gamze Kirik, Matthew Vasquez and Rohan Ganju. Anh-Tu was a 2016 RAW Comedy Victorian Finalist and Rohan Ganju a 2015 RAW National Finalist. Gamze Kirik has recently come off her 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) showcase ‘Across Australia And More’, and similarly, Matthew Vasquez recently performed in a 2017 MICF split show titled ‘Unheard of’. Joel made an effort to get to know the comedians before he asked them to do the pro-bono gig, which highlights his eagerness to put quality comedy on the bill to support the cause.
If as a punter you consider yourself a bit of a comedian, the night will also host a “best joke competition”. “As part of raising money for the charity”, audience members will write a joke and put $5 in “the tin” to enter. If selected, the audience member will get to read it out on stage or have the MC perform it for them. A winner will then be chosen “by audience laughs”.
Holmesglen Institute has provided support to make the event the best it can be, including helping fund the venue El Coco (120 King Street, Melbourne). That said, Joel and his colleagues appear to have put a lot of work into organising the event, as evident by the large folder in front of him as we chat. He describes the organising process as a “great experience” noting they “wanted to make a mark” with the event. Joel appears to relish “being part of a team where the whole thing is to create a lot of fun” and to do “all these things to help the community”.
‘UNEARTHED’ is an event that Joel appears proud of, and he hopes that punters will have “a great night out”. “You get drinks, you get food, you get live entertainment” for “$40 a ticket” and “it all goes to the charity”. “At the end of the day, it’s for a great cause” says Joel. He hopes that potential audiences will buy a ticket and come along to check out the “amazing, different and unique” performers and support “what the night is about”.
Click here for more information about ‘UNEARTHED’ and click here to buy tickets to the event.
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