Rock Bang is an extraordinary tale of orphaned siblings Astrid and Otto. This rock operatic show is catapulted into action with the amazing and meticulous support of Circus Oz. An overtly professional show gives us an insight into the magic performances of circus Oz coupled with the surprisingly tale of a brother and sister and their love and will to survive, arising in the wake of tragic circumstances. A rough, and slightly confronting punk show with a kick, these two kids survive their world and build up their own rock songs to escape from their impending meagerness and deadly upbringing.

Astrid and Otto are superb in their performances and spark with originality. The hard rock songs enjoy a great backing band which all come together with blistering rock guitars and solo heavy metal rock songs. This is contrasted with subtle stories of Otto’s fantastical imagery such as wishing for a rocket with a magical stuffed lion - as Otto himself flies up from the stage singing a really beautiful ballad. Astrid’s performance is pure and real and we are unaware where biography starts and fantasy finishes, in this outstanding tale of life and the living as an orphan.

This show is not short of being a musical masterpiece and should not be missed. It is the positive imagery we are left with that makes this performance great. With the acrobatics and the masterfulness of Circus OZ, the audience is left with the feeling that we can ourselves be whatever we want to be. If our orphaned brother and sister can make it through our imagination can also and will make us prevail too.

Rating: 9 Bananas


Dates: 15 – 25 November 2018

Location: The Coopers Malthouse, Merlyn Theatre, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank

Times: 8pm Wed – Fri, 3pm & 8pm Sat, 5pm Sun

Duration: 120 minutes (with 20 minute interval)

Tickets: $40 – $59 (including booking fee)

Contact: (03) 9685 5111

Malthouse Theatre Website