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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019

The Three Deaths of Ebony Black

The Three Deaths of Ebony Black

At Daisy, Underbelly

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Thurs 31st July to Mon 26th August at 4.30pm

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- The Three Deaths of Ebony Black

at Daisy, Underbelly

Thurs 31st July to Mon 26th August at 4.30pm

A critically acclaimed puppet musical, inspired by a neuroscientist;

Described as Death at a Funeral meets The Muppets, this intimate spectacle is as impressive as it is tender... with songs and vomiting puppets to boot! Three acts, ten puppets, one corpse. An unforgettable farce and a love letter to lives well lived.

A touching adventure, a puppetry romp and a hilarious farce. Original music by award winning writer/composers Amberly Cull and Robert Woods, with handmade puppets by Danny Miller. Performed by Cull and Nick Pages-Oliver.

“There are three deaths: the first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time.”

Presented by Amberly Cull; Originally from Perth, Amberly graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Musical Theatre). She has worked in a number of successful stage and screen productions including established improvised comedic theatre troupes Impromptunes and The Big Hoo Haa, and the Australian tour of Avenue Q as Kate/Lucy. Screen credits include ABC comedies Trip for Biscuits, The Chinaboy Show, and DAFUQ. A talented writer as well as versatile performer, Amberly has written and starred in sketches for online content, including Insert Coin, a YouTube comedy channel for gamers. Her award winning musical The Point Of Light toured Australia and was one of six Australian musicals to be featured in Home Grown’s The Grassroots Initiative.

★★★★ Review - Fringe Feed, Australia. Jan, 2019

'The Three Deaths of Ebony Black, is a dark, farcical comedy romp, following the death and funeral of the titular character, told through the stunning use of puppets and song.

The two performers and creators, Amberley Cull and Nick Pages-Oliver, take the audience through a touching and funny portrayal of a funeral with a number of unfortunate mishaps and misunderstandings, sensitively guiding the audience through themes of grief, loss and family with a dry sense of realism and humour.

The Three Deaths of Ebony Black is Fringe at its best, with a minimal set, and just two performers doing what they so obviously love. The small setting at Lazy Susan’s perfectly suits this charming, intimate show, allowing the audience to engage with the performers at close range.

The show commences with a beautiful portrayal of the death of Ebony Black, which had the audience enraptured; at times laugh out loud funny, and at times reaching for their tissues. Cull and Pages-Oliver’s puppetry is beautiful to watch, particularly the marionette of Ebony herself at the start, through to comedy scenes with each performer operating several puppets at once. The puppets themselves, handcrafted by Danny Miller, perfectly suit the story and setting.

As the show moves through a series of scenes describing the life and funeral of Ebony Black, the fast-paced comedy was bizarre, funny and engaging.

The music, created by Cull and one of WA’s best local composers, Robert Woods, is an elegant counterpoint to the story.

Despite the topic, the show is suitable for all ages with no nudity, swearing or strong themes. Ebony Black is charming, eccentric and a lovely hour of music and puppetry definitely worth a watch'

“One of the best shows you will see this year.. a tightly packed, emotionally wrought, deceptively funny piece of puppet theatre.. will have you laughing until you’re crying” – ★★★★★ The Voice
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“Really, really great show” – Audiophile
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“Ridiculous yet compassionate.. Making its UK debut, this infamous puppet musical from Australia satirises the ideals we hold around mortality” – ★★★★ The Skinny
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“exceptional.. a lovingly homespun Avenue Q featuring beautifully designed puppets.. puppeteering is skilled, the writing wry and farcical, and the characterisation thoroughly enjoyable.. sweet and surprising.” – 730 Review


“takes puppetry to another level as they set your heart free to dip and soar and pound like a drum.. Outrageously creative and funny, cleverly written, deep and profound – this is the show you come to the Fringe for, a masterpiece of a project created by extraordinarily talented folks who have poured their hearts and souls into creating art. ” – ★★★★★ The Student Newspaper
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“Tim Burton meets The Muppets-style play.. with an anti-capitalist message running through its comedy plot.. a story that looks at what a well-lived life means.. a handmade miniature panto with a lot of heart” – ★★★★ The List
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“Fun and irreverent darkly humorous puppet show.. This fun farce takes a good look at life and death in all its ridiculousness.. excellent use of puppetry.. well written and well performed” – The Wee Review


“a romp that makes fun of death whilst celebrating life.. Uplifting, irreverent, yet tasteful.. guaranteed to entertain the whole family” – ★★★★ Everything Theatre
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The Three Deaths of Ebony Black
The Three Deaths of Ebony Black

See the show at:

31 July to 26 August 2019 (no show 12th)
Daisy, Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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