Meatball Séance

Theatre (interactive, lgbt)

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John Michael cooks his mum’s meatballs onstage, summoning her from the dead to meet his boyfriend in this interactive comedy. 'If the mention of audience participation makes you clench up, Meatball Séance is going to change your whole theatre-going world... raucous... silly, subversive and powerful' (Dallas Observer). 'Endearingly unhinged... The only way to avoid participating is to cross your arms. (Pro tip: do not cross your arms. You want to be a part of this)' (St Louis Limelight). 'Fast-Paced, zany, hilarious and heartfelt' (Grab Magazine). 'Sends us home elated and eager for a late-night snack' (Windy City Times).

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Rich Templeton 109 days ago

John Michael is a benevolent, yet deliciously haunting, force. His graciousness and sweetness provide a safe environment for the audience to engage and play. And his just-below-the-surface madness keeps you on your toes, anticipating the unpredictable. (“The f%^ is he gonna do next?”) Ultimately, though, it’s his boundless love for his mother that wins the audience’s hearts - and a deserved standing O. I wish had written this sooner, but please go see him before he tours the world and blows up.

Claire 111 days ago

I saw this show on day 2 of the fringe and am sorry it took so long to get round to writing a review. John Michael is just the most beautiful, engaging, warm, odd, imaginative frenzy of energy you will find. Everyone in the room was smiling and rooting for him at every moment during the show. And I got to play his best friend at the end :) Go be mesmerised by him.

Bailey Jordan Garcia 115 days ago

Easily the best solo-show at the Fringe. It isn't even a question. John Micheal is a tour de force. It's a perfect blend of pee-your-pants-funny and absolutely genuine.

I've never seen a performer be so vulnerable, while also maintaining an insanely fun atmosphere and story.

Do yourself a favor and SEE. THIS. SHOW.

Trevar Alan Chilver 120 days ago

Hilarious and brilliant comedy with total audience participation, a half naked man and a splash zone. Could not think of a better combination...

Shaun Joynson 123 days ago

Barking mad - takes one to know one! But brilliantly original comedy. As someone who works in art fashion and theatre I know it tkes a special kind of genius to come up with a show like this.

You have to go to at least one totally off the wall show at the Fringe and this, folks is it! Enjoy!

Justin Jones 123 days ago

This one-man + show was so well done. John Michael has so much heart that one can’t helo but want to give him a hug at the end. It’s definitely weird but worth it.

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 102 days ago

Fringe performers have found many ways to exorcise grief through art after the death of a parent, but surely none by summoning them back from the dead with onstage cookery as Chicago-based John Michael does here. This improbable interactive comedy is as daft as it sounds, and yet at the...

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ThreeWeeks (3/5 stars) 118 days ago

This one’s about a séance with meatballs. What do you mean, “what?” Right, ok. American John Michael wants to tell us about his boyfriends – indeed wants some of us to take the role of his boyfriends for the story. Specifically, he wishes he could have introduced them to his...

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