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Hitlerhoff: auf wiedersen for now …

Posted in hitlerhoff production silliness, media, opening night, publicity, shock and awe, Uncategorized on 12 March, 2009 by hitlerhoff


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 hilariousI 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), and we can talk about it.


HITLERHOFF returns to Melbourne – ONE SHOW ONLY!

Posted in opening night, shock and awe on 17 February, 2009 by hitlerhoff

Ladies. Gentleman. Lovers of red Speedos!

photo: Max Milne

photo: Max Milne

HITLERHOFF is returning to Melbourne for one show only, before heading off to the badlands of Adelaide.

If you missed out last time around, this is your chance!

HITLERHOFF is new, and possibly improved. Extra jokes mingle with extra darkness.

Genesis: Re-Created star Tobias Manderson-Galvin (Hitlerhoff) will be joined by Neighbours star Georgina Andrews and notorious Shakespeare buff Joel Davey, to show us why Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Reich.

“Funny, clever and outrageous” – THE AGE

“Laugh out loud and cringe with disgust” – ARTSHUB

HITLERHOFF sold out most of its three-week Melbourne Fringe run, so book early this time round! Email to secure your tickets, at the appealing price of

WHERE: Bella Union Bar, Trades Hall
corner Lgyon St and Victoria St

WHEN: Thursday 5 March, 8pm

Stick around and have a pretzel afterwards!

HITLERHOFF posters, postcards, T-shirts and Y-fronts are available for avid collectors.

links to Hitlerhoff videos, on YouTube and Facebook …

Posted in hitlerhoff production silliness, interpretive dance, opening night, publicity, shock and awe with tags , , on 31 October, 2008 by hitlerhoff

“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.