Melbourne-based, multi-award winning physical comedy troupe The Travelling Sisters have released their new micro web series, Meet the Mullets.
Meet the Mullets is a mockumentary about a passionate theatre troupe of blokes and their Mums, forced to stop work through a global pandemic. In this twisted character comedy, The Travelling Sisters don various mullets to portray three families on the brink.
What do die-hard actors do when their worlds are turned upside down?
Meet the Mullets spawned from the cancellation of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in March. In response, The Travelling Sisters (Lucy Fox, Laura Trenerry & Ell Sachs) set about taking the characters from their live show Thy Thus ‘Twas and giving them life on screen.
“This series is complete silliness. It’s our love letter to artists dealing with this pandemic, and to parents as well. Throughout the process we kept finding ourselves bent over laughing with how relatable these stories are, despite how completely absurd and ludicrous the whole thing is”, says Trenerry.
Meet Darryl, the mastermind of the three. Obsessed with his mission to “keep the flame of theatre alive”, Darryl tries to keep the ship sailing whilst nursing a broken heart and witnessing too many details of his mother’s new marriage. Berrick, his protégé, struggles to fit into his father’s share-house while his mother tackles a hardcore process of self-isolation and awakening. Vinnie, stuck in an AirBnB, is quite happy drinking choccie milk and watching TV as his mother Mel has to cancel everything from the Crochet Fair to Spinsters Water Aerobics. Meet the Mullets captures a unique and hilarious snapshot of three artists dealing with isolation while trying to continue their craft.
“Inside Melbourne’s rollercoaster of pandemic restrictions, we wrote the series with our collaborator Kimberley Twiner and filmed it with Jemma Cotter. We each play multiple characters, so we often played across from ourselves, essentially being our own scene partner in case we had to shoot alone. We roped in our housemates & partners to be involved. All of our post-production is being done during the stage 3 & 4 restrictions in Melbourne. It’s been a ride”, says Fox.
The Travelling Sisters are Melbourne based Lucy Fox, Laura Trenerry & Ell Sachs. Originally from Brisbane, the trio have toured their award-winning shows to Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Clockenflap Festival Hong Kong, Prague Fringe, New Zealand Fringe, Glastonbury Festival, Perth Fringe and more.
Jemma Cotter is a filmmaker based in Melbourne. She graduated with a Bachelor of Film and Television (Hons) from Swinburne University of Technology. Accolades for her films include a Highly Commended award from Tropfest amidst extensive national screenings with CinefestOZ, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Fringe, and For Film’s Sake Festival. She has directed content for brands such as Australia Post, Monash University, and ClickView, as well as completing a Director’s Attachment through Screen Australia on a web series from comedy group Aunty Donna.
Kimberley Twiner is a Melbourne based physical comedian, teacher, producer and director (specializing in ensemble comedy and clown). She is founder and producer of award-winning queer comedy troupe PO PO MO CO who were recently nominated for the ‘Best Ensemble’ Green Room Award 2019. Kimberley has directed award-winning shows for The Travelling Sisters (AUS), Maggot (NZ) and in her clown comedy duo ‘Fish & Twiner’s Bait Shop’.
You can find out more about The Travelling Sisters here.