It’s Candyland-themed this Orientation Week and we’re jumping online to kick off the trimester with a bang, featuring a stacked lineup to celebrate.
Split across two days, bring your creative knowledge to the test during our online Trivia Night on Wednesday 8th September kicking off at 6.30PM, followed by the official virtual party on Thursday 9th September 6.30PM.
As always, we’ve tapped a mix of Collarts students and alumni to bring the entertainment, along with a sweet musical guest to headline the evening.
Here are all the talents performing this week for the Collarts Candyland O-Week Celebration.
Melbourne comedian and Collarts Comedy student Hannah Willoughby is a proud blue-haired liberal (sans the blue hair). They started their career on the class clowns' stage with no plans of stopping anytime soon. Tearing their way through the Melbourne scene, this Gemini combines their political activism and performance ability to bring you their latest and greatest material.
Helena Hogan is currently getting her PhD in punny, nearing the finish line of her Comedy course at Collarts. An absurdist stand-up comedian from South Australia, she has recently traded in her Adelaide Metro card for a Melbourne Myki and fantastic weather. Although Helena is new to the Melbourne comedy scene, she's here to stay, having scored a gig at RAW Comedy 2021 and loving what she does because it is the only job that will allow her to wear an M&M costume to work.
KITTLING is a Melbourne-based singer-songwriter and producer whose music blends 80s analog synths, disco-era sensuality and the gay agenda into a singular experience. Identifying as a genderfluid/queer person, much of their music touches on navigating sexuality, fusing queer lyrics with the warmth of old school synthesizers—think '70s disco—for a fresh and nostalgic sound that'll keep you dancing.
You may recognise Comedy student Aiden Wilcox from his cheeky appearance in our O-Week last year, live with a Wellington St campus kitchen tour. He’s back for this Trimester 3 O-Week party, this time hosting Wednesday night’s Online Trivia. Alongside fellow Comedy student Jett Bond, Aiden has shared a stage with comic legends Aunty Donna. His material has also been featured at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, where the duo debuted their show Big Tooth.
A Thursday night soundtracked by buzzing electro-funk makes for a pretty sweet combo. Live from the comfort of his bedroom, producer Jaypan is bringing his beats to the Collarts online celebration—alongside his synthesizers, drum machines and a whole lot of groove. Stage play and stories are the main driving forces for the Music Production alumni, who creates beats from the perspective of a storyteller. He currently works as a sound engineer putting his technical audio skills to practice.
Entertainment Journalism and Digital & Social Media alumni Jemma Hollway is a multi-platform maker who lives comfortably in the space between words and readers. Her evolving skills span across digital strategy, community management and storytelling, creating content to reflect her inherent fascination with people and culture.
She has cemented her name in the entertainment industry, gaining experience in a host of media and content roles including Peel Street Festival, SYN Network, Falls Music & Arts Festival, A Hitch To The Sticks and more. This Thursday, she’ll be taking her journo skills live, as she hosts an exclusive Q&A with the night's headliner.
What would a Candyland themed party be without a sugary pop soundtrack rounding up the night? Get ready to party from home as Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Banoffee leads the Collarts O-Week lineup, slated to perform an hour of hits from her catalogue of fizzy alt-pop offerings.
Boasting critical praise, Banoffee's debut album Look At Us Now Dad brings together her electro-pop sound in one sweet package; intertwining graceful reflection and themes of survival and intergenerational trauma, with heartfelt lyrics.
It's no surprise the Melbourne-born's talent has been welcomed to the world stage, playing synths for Charli XCX and opening for Taylor Swift. Our lucky O-Week attendees will get the chance to ask Banoffee any questions during Thursday's Q&A before she ties up the night with a live performance.
Collarts students can check their e-mails for an invitation to the Collarts O-Week Celebration, held over two days on Wednesday 8th September 6.30PM and Thursday 9th September 6.30PM.