Going Viral- a satire for the new normal

2020- What a year! Just when we thought things couldn’t get much worse after the devastating bushfire season, along came COVID-19.

Political satirists, Shortis and Simpson’s one and only show of the year was a fundraiser for the Cobargo community. And then – lockdown! Since then, like all musicians, not a gig in sight.

But Shortis has been busy documenting this bizarre year in a batch of new songs, and now it’s time to let them out and foist them on an innocent public. The result is Going Viral, to be presented at a quirky venue in Fyshwick of all places, an art gallery with a mission to support local acts.

Going Viral is a wry satirical look at the era we’re currently enduring- the days of ‘socialist’ ScoMo and ‘Chairman’ Dan, panic buying and sanitising, the Covid App, social distancing, the lockdown, Zoom etc. And Shortis has read all the Sydney Morning Heralds of 1918-19 to come up with a special song about the Spanish Flu. There are some eerie similarities to our current situation.

Donald Trump of course makes an appearance or two (only Shortis could turn the President’s exact words about swallowing disinfectant into a four part round). And the show will be performed just days after the Presidential election, so there will be ink drying on the page when it comes to that topic. And apparently there are elections in Qld and the ACT.

The coalition’s backing gas. The ALP doesn’t know what it’s backing. Pauline’s giving out stubby holders, Gladys is trying to save koalas, and nothing will save John Barilaro. The only good news is that we have got our own back at the Poms by sending Tony Abbott back where he came from.

So come and join Shortis and Simpson, as they’re let loose from their home studio, intact but feral. They’re still talking to each other at the time of going to press, and they might even get out of their pyjamas for you. The dates are Saturday nights Nov 7 and Nov 14, and Sunday afternoon Nov 29. There is an optional barbecue ($7.50), and a small bar for alcoholic drinks, coffee, tea and cakes. THIS IS THE NEW NORMAL.

The Artists Shed, 88 Wollongong Street Fyshwick, $35.
Sat Nov 7/14, 6.15pm optional barbecue ($7.50), 7pm show.
Sun Nov 29, 1.15pm optional barbecue ($7.50), 2pm show.
Off street parking as well as many spaces on Wollongong Street.
Disabled parking available. No steps.
Seating is at tables. You will only be seated with those in your booking. COVID distancing restrictions apply.