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Time Travel To The Quintessential 1970s Motel In Melbourne

17th July, 2019

Tim Ross and Kit Warhurst bring their hilarious, nostalgia-infused live show to a classic Melbourne motel next month.

For the last five months, Tim Ross and Kit Warhurst have been traveling to classic 1970s Australian motels to perform their live show, aptly named ‘Motel‘. Next month in Melbourne, Tim and Kit will take audiences on a sentimental journey through the important cultural role of Motels.

Set against the backdrop of the original condition Alexander Motor Inn in Essendon, the multitasking comedians use song and storytelling to transport you back to the 1970s, to ‘road trips without air conditioning, collapsing folding beds, [and] Paddle Pop sticks stuffed down the back seat of the car.’

A popular resting spot since the early 1960s, the Mount Alexander Motor Inn is a classic modernist motel. Famously, notorious train robber Ronnie Biggs stayed there in 1969 while on the run from the police. Seriously!

Ronnie’s room will be reimagined for this show with a series of installations curated by architect Tristan Wong, a Director at SJB Architects.

The first couple of dates are sold out, but extra shows have just been added.

MOTEL by Tim Ross and Kit Warhurst
Saturday, August 3rd, 3pm 
Saturday, August 3rd, 6pm 
Sunday, August 4th, 6pm 

Mount Alexander Motor Inn
980 Mt Alexander Road
Essendon, Victoria

17th July, 2019

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