“Hitlerhoff … you know what, I wanted to do a show like that” – David Hasselhoff
“Clever, funny and outrageous” – The Age
“Laugh out loud and cringe with disgust” – Artshub
“It’s loud, it’s constantly in your face, it’s more than a little bit evil and to top it off it’s also sickeningly hilarious … I loved every second of it” – Rip It Up
“Incredible punch and laugh out loud insight” –, dBMagazine
“Don’t miss this memorable Fringe performance” – Adelaide Theatre Guide
“Seemed like a great idea at the time” – Advertiser
Hitlerhoff is taking a break for now. But if you want him to come to your glamorous small town or obscure overseas fringe festival, email him: hitlerhoff (at) gmail.com, and we can talk about it.
WARNING: digital reproduction of live performance
Objects Onstage Are Closer Than They Appear Onscreen
Written and produced by Tom Doig
Directed by Erin Kelly
Starring Tobias Manderson-Galvin, Simone Page-Jones and Ezra Bix
Video by Puck Murphy and Anto Skene
Sound by Keith McDougall and Conrad Wedde
Filmed by Alex Finkle
“Few political satires would get away with this, but the twinning of the 80s glam TV Knight Rider and the most evil man in history was delivered with incredible punch and laugh out loud insight.”
– David O’Brien, dBMagazine
Review by Anthony Grzyb
Don’t hassle this ‘Hitlerhoff’! Directed by Erin Kelly, this play is filled with all the off-the-wall zaniness one might expect from a tale that fuses the lives of both David Hasselhoff and Adolf Hitler!
The character of Hitlerhoff, while not a direct representation of the aforementioned individuals, has much in common with them – right down to the desire of world domination, and red Speedos! Set in the fictional ‘Austria-lia’, one cannot help but get caught up in the post-modern hilarity of “Hitlerhoff”.
While not for all tastes, this black comedy written by Tom Doig is witty and satirical. But it is the performances that instantly grab one’s attention. Tobias Manderson-Galvin, in the role of Hitlerhoff, is galvanizing; he portrays both the troubled youngster and adult Hitlerhoff with fierce assurance, while also giving a fine madcap performance.
Fellow cast members, Georgina Andrews and Joel Davey, play Hitlerhoff’s parents. In addition, each engages in rapid-fire costume changes playing an assortment of entertaining characters without misfire, that Hitlerhoff meets along his journey.
Yet, “Hitlerhoff” is not simply a ‘flight of fancy’, rather it asks tough questions on our perception of contemporary power, and the power we all hold in society for good, evil or banality.
Special mention must go to the inventive video projection with sequences by Anto Skene and Puck Murphy that further the play thematically.
“Hitlerhoff” gets under the skin and one can’t help but ponder the show’s meanings long into the night!
If you enjoy your theatre avant garde, or are a pop culture buff – don’t miss this memorable Fringe performance.
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
Hitlerhoff, Queens Theatre, Tue Mar 10
Hitlerhoff, writer Tom Doig’s enigmatic fusing of pop culture hero David Hasselhoff and history’s greatest monster Adolf Hitler, is a theatre experience that is somewhat akin to a herd of charging rhinoceros. It’s loud, it’s constantly in your face, it’s more than a little bit evil and to top it off it’s also sickeningly hilarious. Tobias Manderson-Galvin, who plays the production’s titular hero, is relentlessly funny at times and soiled-underpants-scary at others, bringing an intensity to the role that such an over the top character begs for. Georgina Andrews and Joel Davey do not disappoint either, each of them breathing life into a ridiculous horde of characters throughout the production’s hour-long runtime. Hitlerhoff is offensive, sure, but it also features an unflinching and important message that’ll hit you like a verbal kick to the genitals. And call me a Commie thespian if you must, but I loved every second of it.
HITLERHOFF detained by Australian Federal Police at Melbourne Airport due to realistic fake bomb; Channel 7 send in the camerasPosted in publicity, shock and awe, trivia extravaganza with tags 15 seconds of fame, Channel 7, good props, hitlerhoff opening night, paranoia, reality TV, terrorist scare, tobias manderson-galvin on 1 March, 2009 by hitlerhoff
Don’t worry I’ve been released by Airport Security, Officials , Channel 7, Tiger Airways Staff and the Australian Federal Police – by Tobias Manderson-Galvin
PHOTO BY MAX MILNE
Well, yes there was that incident back in 2003 involving the poetry but it is better not to discuss it again when more pressing issues are at hand.
Yesterday at around one in the afternoon, Melbourne time, a set of fake explosives was discovered in Manderson-Galvin’s luggage as he attempted to board a flight to Adelaide.
“It looks like the real deal,” said an obviously stressed Federal Police officer into his hand held radio as he called for back-up. The Federal Police were urgently summonsed by an alert and alarmed swarm of security personnel, airport staff and a Channel Seven film crew who were simply amazed that anyone could be so daring and so handsome as our young hero.
The device he was carrying is a prop – or so Manderson-Galvin claims – for the smash-hit stage show, Tom Doig’s ‘Hitlerhoff’. The revolutionary show is yet to open to the Adelaide Fringe and already it seems that government saboteurs could well be at work. The explosive has been confiscated permanently by the Federal Police but they have as yet made no official statement to the media as what will happen to the 9 pieces of wood painted red, the 4 inches of aluminium wire and the shiny silver alarm clock. Presumably it will be relegated to a cupboard or storeroom with legitimate explosive devices and restricted articles, a condition that will make it feel either ashamed at it’s in-genuine nature or proud to have somehow, against all odds, been taken seriously by anyone other than Wile. E Coyote.
Airport security and officials, Channel 7, Tiger Airways staff and the AFP all took turns at ‘discussing’ the matter with Hitlerhoff star Manderson-Galvin as well as the show’s Director Erin Kelly. A happy irony that perhaps this was one interrogation where a strip search did not need much persuasion and all could marvel at the power of the hidden goods with wonder and excitement.
Fortunately Manderson-Galvin and Hitlerhoff Director Erin Kelly were eventually allowed on to the plane by the airline who showed great compassion in holding the plane whilst the interrogation was conducted by the Federal Police and when the stewardesses were done ‘assisting’ the Hitlerhoff star onto the plane, it eventually left the tarmac- more than an hour after its scheduled departure time.
… there was a Channel 7 camera crew, filming a show called Border Security or something similar. They were talking to Tobias, because he looked funny – hair in curlers, suit and bow-tie – and were filming when Tobias and Erin had to repack their carry-on baggage, because it weighed too much … when this happened, the prop “bomb” was noticed by airport staff, and all hell (well, a little bit of hell) broke loose. Tobi and Erin made it to Adelaide in time for his performance on the Pod stage – just – but they were thoroughly rattled by the whole thing. HOWEVER, in a piece of good news, Channel 7 loved the footage they got, and are going to send a camera crew to Adelaide to film us building a new bomb for opening night, and will film opening night on Tuesday 10 March for their show … 15 seconds of tragic Aussie reality TV fame, coming up!