Article - YVE BLAKE WINS REBEL WILSON SCHOLARSHIP
PRESS FOR 'LIE COLLECTOR'
INTERVIEWS FOR 'LIE COLLECTOR'
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"She's ...created a one woman musical comedy show that's unmissable."
"With songs, pizza gowns, mind reading and dance breaks, Lie Collector is one of the most perfectly bizarre shows I've ever seen and that's no lie."
"The hour flies by with no chance for a dip in the energy levels. The audience are in stitches from the very first number and the laughs only subside for a moment when Blake is brave enough to touch on how the true cost of asking strangers to anonymously bare their souls is that they might actually tell you the truth. However, the emotional moment is perfectly placed and Blake brings back the laughs in just the right way."
"In a league of her own... a basically perfect 60 minutes"
"I think I’m in love with Yve Blake. I think you will be too if you go and see Lie Collector."
"She then unleashes a wonderful mash of verbatim offerings from ‘the internet’, as she calls her public contributors, and a cracking original musical score inspired by those contributions. To top it all off, she delivers with an irresistible charm."
"I ask myself, with a voice like hers, why is Yve not gracing the West End?"
"Joel Enfield’s video design so brilliantly complements the soundtrack ….Scott Quinn and Blake’s lyrical composition is a real triumph, bordering on genius."
"A Superb, laugh-out-loud riot of a show"
"As soon as Yve ‘Rainbowshark’ Blake, stepped onto stage dressed in a jacket covered in 80’s trolls, I knew I was in for a treat. My bad mood became a distant memory.
"I’d be lying if I told you this show wasn’t good. See what I did there?"
"It’s comedy gold.... I honestly thought I was going to fall off my chair."
"the lyrics, the graphics, the bright costumes and sheer boisterousness of Blake’s performance are a full blown hysterical feast for the senses."
"Go see this show. I’m not lying. No really."
"As a performer Blake is as manic on stage as she is instantly connectable"
"Blake is a wonderful performer: likeable and sweet, but with sharp comic timing and a gutsy voice that is a pleasure to listen to. Indeed, Lie Collector is an incredibly fun hour of witty, relevant songs, accompanied by incredibly well-designed costumes and projections, which make the event a true visual feast."
"perfect late night entertainment: an hour spent with a warm, loveable performer who offers laughs aplenty while hitting on numerous universal truths about what life is like today."
"truly special and unique, something few shows in London can boast"
"The 21-year-old Aussie bounds boldly about the stage with crowd-winning exuberance. The girl next door with a wicked sense of humour and a serious pair of lungs."
"Armed with little more than her MacBook, this lively comedian manages to leave you wanting more."
IN a fringe market seemingly congested with new, up-and-coming musical comedy acts, one can really feel as though they’ve seen it all.
Then in steps Yve Blake, with more charisma and endearing quirkiness than seems fair for a relative fringe newcomer.
PRESS FOR 'THEN'
"Then has an infectious energy that can't contained by the black box."
"Then will have you laughing, then crying, then crying with laughter in a career-defining moment for young performer Yve Blake."
"Blake has read thousands of our memories and secrets, and it seems she knows some of us spend too much time in dark places already. Blake brings us light."
"It is to the credit of the Australian Theatre for Young People that this talented performer who takes such obvious delight in experimentation, playfulness, and collaboration, was nurtured and developed through its program of work with young people."
"Yve Blake is nothing less than electric. From the word ‘go’ she exudes energy, giving a zesty performance that roused laughter from the audience again and again. In every action and utterance Blake is fully committed to her artistic decisions, which serves to carry the audience along with her wholeheartedly, invested in the performance even when things get a little outlandish. You can’t resist warming to her, as she zealously gives her all in storytelling, never tiring in the process."
"Blake zips in and out of costumes with great panache and somehow manages to kindle laughter with the slightest of nuanced actions."
"Rich and diverse ... vibrant, fast paced...Yve’s show drew very warm applause"
"Clear-as-a-bell voice...a fresh, inspirational show"
"THEN isn’t just a piece of theatre or a project it is an experience that is brought together with care by a performer and writer who has great passion for bringing this experience to life"
"The moment Yve Blake comes onto the stage something truly unexpected happens, one sits up and really listens."
"Blake’s beauty with THEN lies in the whole picture she has created and how important a show like this is."
“Clever, original, vibrant, entertaining and heartwarming - it will touch chords with everyone"
"Her energy, passion and sensitivity combine to form a wonderfully well-rounded show."
"…manages to bring both laughter and tears”
"An incredibly humorous, touching and worthwhile hour’s viewing."
"Using titbits of people’s lives from all over the world, Blake puts her formidable song-writing skills to use to create an energetic and eclectic show."
"There is never a dull moment from start to finish."
"Not only are Blake’s lyrics tight, witty and full of verve, accompanied by an enviable singing voice, but Alex Groves’s musical direction and Naomi Kuyck Cohen’s design complement Blake’s performance perfectly, to make the show as stunning visually as it is aurally."
"Blake holds the stage for the full hour with a magnetic presence and her loveable, quirky story-telling style ... a truly special event."
"The show is nuanced, balanced and humorous"
Then cannot be defined by a singular genre, – though at the same time it remains utterly cohesive. With so much to offer, it ought to be seen by a wide audience as it has something for everyone.
"The beginning is like this wonderful kaleidoscope of pop-infused PostSecret"
"Yve's got like this agressively expressive face, which I really enjoyed"
"Throughout, the performance is absolutely hilarious"
"She brings you in and shows you someting eccentric and beautiful"
"The most electric episode of This is Your Life you’re ever going to see."
"Then is a collage of confessions, memories and moments skilfully brought to life through song, movement, costume, animation, and recordings; and the artistry, sensitivity and beauty of Australian performance maker Yve Blake."
"Clear, clever and captures the imagination of an audience."
"The audience hangs on to Yve’s every word"
"Then is the kind of show which will get you talking long after you’ve left the theatre, about life, about your past, and about the unbelievable talent of Yve Blake."
FOR 'AM I GOOD FRIEND?'
"It is clear that Yve Blake is one to watch"
"A very talented young lady"
"The show is brilliant….the audience were all laughing from the beginning to the end"
"I would pay to see this show again... It is not one to be missed."
"Blake's debut shows that she has talent to burn"
"a master improviser"
"if this comedy is anything to go by, Yve Blake could very well be the next big thing"
"Top knot-sporting uber teen"
"high energy hilarity and sly insight"
“Blake is a hurricane of delightful comic energy”
“Blake has a fantastic gift for interacting with and including her audience”
"This is an outstanding show”
A YOUNGER THEATRE
"A wise head on young shoulders"
"A resounding stage presence"