Archive for September, 2008

Hitlerhoff intro video sequence – up on YouTube

Posted in hitlerhoff production silliness, media, shock and awe with tags , , , , , , on 30 September, 2008 by hitlerhoff


Glowing Hitlerhoff review in the Age, Tuesday 30 Septemer, 2008

Posted in media, publicity, reviews, shock and awe, sold-out season with tags , , , , , on 30 September, 2008 by hitlerhoff

” … But [Halfway Across the River] isn’t as strange as Hitlerhoff, a whirlwind tour of fake tan and moustaches, in which audiences are invited to consider the controversial parallels between Adolf Hitler and David Hasselhoff. Together at last!

Tobias Manderson-Galvin is unstoppable in the title role, revelling in every Freudian reference or chance to goose-step through shallow waters. His supporting cast, Simone Page Jones and Ezra Bix, is no less formidable. This is an incredible undertaking, with director Erin Kelly successfully containing the many elements.

For all its postmodern irony this is, simply, a show whose speedos are bulging with gags.

Writer Tom Doig has produced a clever, funny and outrageous play. Have no doubt; this is where the cool kids will be this Fringe Festival.”

– Margaret Paul, reviewer (article on p16)

Hitlerhoff’s opening week – all SOLD-OUT! don’t miss out, people …

Posted in publicity with tags , on 29 September, 2008 by hitlerhoff

AFL Grand Final night show- traditionally a tough one for getting audiences – sold-out;

the post-AFL Grand Final night show – traditionally even harder to get bums on seats – also sold out.

We must be doing something right!

This Tuesday is already selling fast, so if you want a cheap ticket, get in fast – there won’t be much rocking-up-ten-minutes-before-the-show action.

Head straight to and get yours, while you can.

“The best Fringe show I’ve seen in years”… and, “I was left feeling horrible and bad and uncomfortable and clammy and a bit sick”.

Posted in opening night, reviews, shock and awe with tags , , on 27 September, 2008 by hitlerhoff

Richard Watts, the Chair of Melbourne Fringe, came to opening night, with a friend of his called Carl. Richard told me that Carl had said

“That’s the best Fringe show I’ve seen in years.”

I carried that comment around with me all night.

Get in quick for tickets – I think we’re going to sell out the whole run …

… and some thoughts from Alex Finkle. Alex is filming a doco about the making-of Hitlerhoff, and is knowledgeable about all things Deutsch (she translated the German comedy Mein Fuhrer: Die wirklich wahrste Wahrheit über Adolf Hitler for me) …

“Wow! I saw Hitlerhoff last night, and it was such a pleasure to see the culmination of such hard work by such talented people. The Hitlerhoff creature, which has been living in the collective imagination of all the cast and crew, has drawn its first breath. What a celebration! But, you know, I was left feeling horrible and bad and uncomfortable and clammy and a bit sick.

This is how I am supposed to feel, I know, but nonetheless, I felt horrible even though I knew what it was about and completely knew the content. How strange that none of the impact is lost, the more familiar one is with the show.

The reason why it made me feel so awful is because it is so easy to just sit there and receive all the light and sound and movement and energy. For all that stimuli to just fill our brains. For our brains to just accept it. The same way our brains accept, ingest and process all the messages and media and atrocities on a daily basis. So many references both overt and subtle are crammed into Hitlerhoff, that even the most detached person couldn’t help but pick up on them.

It is so disturbing to see how sheer darkness can be wrapped up in frivolity and swallowed so readily.

This is the point.

Realising it doesn’t make it any less confronting.

So now we know. We are reminded of something we know in our souls, something that we always knew but something that we manage to ignore in our day-to-day lives. Once again the (rhetorical) question arises, “what do I do about it?” Whenever I come to this place, whether it be from thinking about human suffering, corruption, war, the lip-service given to our dying seas, lack of concern for the world’s diminishing forests and the dwindling biodiversity, a German word comes to mind. This German word is “Mitläufe”. Literally it means “with + run”. Its meaning is complicity. For me it evokes an image of someone who goes along with something, even though they sense or know it is wrong. In Nazi times it referred to those people who were well aware that their Jewish neighbours were disappearing but they didn’t quite know for sure if the rumours of what may have befallen them were true. It was to unbelievable to believe. So they just continued to live their lives pushing that inkling of sinister darkness out of their minds. Passive. Not seeking the information that would allow them to be sure.

It is a bit like us and global warming / climate change, the same beast whatever the name. We are not sure if that is really happening so we will buy giant LCD TV screens and Hummers until we are completely sure that this is the cause of resource depletion. But we won’t stop consuming as a pre-emptive measure. We won’t change anything about our lives or our behaviour until we are sure, until it has been proven.

What is the answer? Consume less. Sure. Seek knowledge. Act. Tell people. Give them permission to see what they sense and to voice that. Wake up! Wake up out of this induced slumber of helpless not-quite-sure-ness. (Ironically, “wache auf” – German for “wake up” – was also used in Nazi propaganda to galvanise the German public of the 1930s.)

Hitlerhoff reminds us what we already know: It’s all connected. It’s all happened before. It’s happening now.

I think that is what makes me feel so sick.

Exciting news: Baywatch Blitzkrieg to open the Fringe Festival Club!

Posted in hitlerhoff production silliness, interpretive dance, publicity, shock and awe with tags , , , , , , , on 25 September, 2008 by hitlerhoff

on Friday 26 September, at 11.30pm (just after Hitlerhoffis opening night), the lovely, leggy Baywatch dancers will be performing in the Melbourne Fringe Festival Club, in the North Melbourne Town Hall. There will be a cameo from Hitlerhoff himself, and a preview of fraction of the shock(ing) and awe(some) audio-visual spectacular that has been mobilised for this show. If you can’t come to opening night, you can still come to this!

And it’s free!

Nice quote from the radio interview on 3CR this morning …

Posted in media, publicity with tags , , , on 25 September, 2008 by hitlerhoff

Hitlerhoff‘s opening night is sold out. You want to know why? Because Tom Doig is a genius.”

– Alex Grantham, 3CR BREAKFAST

Hitlerhoff in the Melbourne Leader, Wednesday 17 September

Posted in ethics of representing Hitler, media, publicity with tags , , on 24 September, 2008 by hitlerhoff

Hitler, Hoff match made

(by Annika Priest, entertainment editor of the Melbourne Leader, Wednesday 17 September, 2008)

If Hitler could squeeze into David Hasselhoff’s speedos, how would he be?

An inflammatory proposal explored in the play called Hitlerhoff, is marching in to create a potential Fuhrer [sic] during this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Creative producer Tom Doig said he believes the miscreant Nazi leader and the ironically cool pop culture icon have much in common.

“They’re both huge in Germany,” said Doig, whose supervisor warned him off the idea for his Masters in creative writing at Melbourne University.

“They were both popular but know no one will admit they like them. They both have huge egos, not necessarily that much talent but lots of willpower.”

Under the sub-heading “Two wrongs don’t make a Reich”, the show finds the modern Frankenstein hanging out with lefty hippies at Vienna Beach.

Following a nervous breakdown he becomes an instant overnight celebrity and super powerful revolutionary figure.

Hitlerhoff is potentially offensive, admits Doig. Doig said that although he understands that the Holocaust is very much a sensitive issue, Hitler should not be beyond the reaches of satire.

(continues page14)

Bizarre subject in for satire

(from page 13)

“I think it’s saying something quite profound about culture, I don’t want it all to get lost in this guy with a cheeseburger down his speedos.

“I want it to be a crazy image that makes people think about the heart of darkness within popular culture.

“It’s the kind of culture where you’re encouraged to put yourself first and believe in yourself no matter what.

“It’s that quite banal, self-help motivational talk which is totally central to the success of Hitler and the horror it generated, and Hasselhoff and the tackiness it generated.”

Melbourne Fringe Festival advised Doig against incorporating a swastika into his show promos because the neo-Nazi overtones might affect the show’s appeal.

“Whilst we acknowledge it’s an area that will be potentially controversial and potentially confronting for some, our festival is about cutting-edge arts where you are going to get a sophisticated dissection of these sorts of areas,” Fringe creative producer Emily Sexton said.

According to Doig, perfomer Tobias Manderson-Galvin – who plays Hitlerhoff – was a “98-pound weakling” who was “not the exercising kind”, but with particular enthusiasm for the role he has been carbo-loading, going to the gym and using a personal trainer.

“I really hope I haven’t created a monster,” Doig said. “If I have I’m not the first.”