Humankind has displayed its love of games for over 4,000 years, from a pattern of small holes cut into the floor of an ancient rock shelter in Azerbaijan to the Chinese game Go, the forerunner of all our present-day board games.

In the twenty-first century, TV game shows have reached the dizzy of heights with the likes of Survivor and (my favourite) Chinese Dating with Parents – the dating game where the parents themselves are the competitors!

So, hang on to your hats (and all other items of clothing) and let’s move to the current generation and the digital age with the glittering Miss Behave Gameshow in this year’s Midsumma festival which is described as “part disco party and part game show” where audience participation and a mobile phone is a must.

Divided into two teams, the audience uses their mobile phones, to take part in a series of games and quizzes, score points and inevitably end up as winners or losers. For those who find themselves ‘technologically challenged’ there are lots of opportunities for good old-fashioned participation – shouting out, jumping up, dancing, or simply acting as wildly as possible. The bolder and zanier the better! Points will be awarded for creativity.

Of course, a great gameshow wouldn’t be right without its ‘Mistress of Ceremonies’, in this case the formidable Miss Behave (aka Amy Saunders), who is ably supported by her assistant Tiffany, and who masterfully guides this mayhem and madness into an extraordinary night’s entertainment for all. And in the end, there are no prizes, but everyone’s a winner.

Miss Behave Gameshow is staged as part of the Midsumma Festival in the Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne and before the show audience members can brace themselves for this event with a bevvy or two at the Fairfax Bar.

See the Miss Behave Gameshow on at Arts Centre Melbourne this January and book your tickets or see more info on the event here!


Location: Arts Centre Melbourne (100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, VIC, 3004, Australia)

Dates: 22 - 27 January

Times: Times vary from 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Duration: 80 minutes (no interval)

Cost: $39 - $45

Arts Centre Website