Good Manners Gone Bad

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Ever wondered what happens when nice manners goes head to head with a Russian gangster?

In a fusion between theatre, comedy and cabaret, James McLean is a one-man theatre company and presents the “brilliantly acted” (★★★★ – GlamAdelaide) story of Peter Hart, a man too polite for his own good. James conjures up and switches between characters in a delightfully schizophrenic display of different personalities.

A polite story-telling farce with mysterious bosses, annoying colleagues and nice manners.

“Original, quirky and consummate… Don’t be rude and miss it!” ★★★★ The Advertiser
“Quirky, funny and charismatic ★★★★ TheatrePress

James McLean studied acting at Flinders University Drama Centre in Adelaide, graduating in 2011. At the beginning of 2011, he took part in the inaugural Cabaret Summer School, held by Adelaide cabaret pianist Matthew Carey and singer/writer/performer Catherine Campbell. Through this, he developed an interest in the cabaret style and performed his first solo show (A Kick in the Head and Other Seduction Techniques) at the 2012 Adelaide Fringe.

Since then, James has been developing and refining his own style of solo show, which has become a fusion between comedy, theatre and cabaret. His current show, Good Manners Gone Bad debuted at Adelaide Fringe in February this year (under the title of Goodie Two Shoes). He has performed at various festivals nationally and is looking forward to his first international season.

James aims his shows for an adult audience but avoids the use of swearing to create comedy. Instead, he uses clean language, characterisation and story-telling to drive the comedy of his shows. James feels this gives his shows a point of difference that audiences can appreciate.



Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre – Cabaret Bar


1-12, 14-20, 22-26 August



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