Effie 2024 Australia Tour

Our eclectic team of writers from around Australia – and a couple beyond – with decades of combined experience and interest in all fields.

Starting in March, Effie (aka Mary Coustas) will kick off a national tour of her new show ‘UpYourselfness’.

The show invites Effie’s audience to tackle the hard questions, and find a means to define ourselves through humanity’s ongoing identity crisis.

“The Ancient Greeks have celebrated the art of arguing since the beginning of time. And, no I’m not talking about my mismatched dysfunctional ageing Greek parents. I’m talking about The Great Thinkers and Debaters,” Effie says.

“Yes, I speak of Socrates, Aristotle and me Effie, The Other Greek Philosopher. We know that if there’s one thing we all have in common, it is that we’re all different. And because of that we’re going to have a difference of opinion. It’s time we got some stretch marks on our thinking, people.”

Effie gave Australians a safe place to vent in 2021, through her critically-acclaimed show ‘Better Out Than In’, but that was then and this is now. Masks are out, muzzles are in.

“Currently there’s an ugly bitch-fight between political correctness and freedom of speech,” Effie says. “People are getting cancelled more regularly than a known carrier’s domestic flights. All of a sudden, things have gotten hairy and scary.”

“Truth is, life’s complicated. . . And so are we. The only thing that can save us is an open mind, self-love, a big set of balls and a sense of humour.”

In ‘UpYourselfness’, Effie will walk audiences through the political and social landmarks of things like feminism, racism, sexism. . . Woke-ism, pronoun-ism, good-looking-ism. . . As we try to make sense of the latest version of human evolution, without losing who we are.

Tickets are on sale now.

Effie 2024 Australia Tour Dates

9-10 March – The Spiegeltent at The Garden of Unearthly Delights (Adelaide Fringe)
12-13 April – George Fairfax Theatre (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)
17 May – Factory Theatre (Sydney Comedy Festival)
18 May – The Concourse Concert Hall (Sydney Comedy Festival)
26 May – The Princess Theatre (Brisbane Comedy Festival)

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