COPACC reschedules Swing Man for a very special reason

Published on 08 August 2018

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If you were getting ready to boogie woogie with Australian comedian Damian Callinan in August for his hit show Swing Man…you’ll have to cool your jets.

This fantastic story of Callinan’s journey into swing dancing - one that will literally leave you with a spring in your step – has been delayed until October for a very special reason.

COPACC Manager Tamzin McLennan explained that Callinan received a call up to attend the Melbourne International Film Festival at the same time he was booked for COPACC.

“Damian has produced a new film based on his stage show The Merger, and the film is going to have its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival,” Ms McLennan said.

“There was no way that we could stand in the way of an opportunity like that! COPACC was really happy to work with Damian to reschedule Swing Man to Friday October 12.

“Swing Man is going to be an awesome night of comedy, storytelling and of course, swing dancing!”

Swing Man sends Callinan on a journey back to the incidents in his adolescence that set him on his path to swing dancing.

It includes a fracas at a bush dance, unrequited love at ballroom dancing and a revelation that as a 17-year-old he was abducted by swing-era obsessed aliens who set him an ultimatum to learn how to swing dance by the time he is 51.

Ms McLennan said COPACC also hoped to bring Callinan back to the region in 2020 for a showing of the Barry nominated show The Merger.

“Callinan is one of Australia’s most loved comedians and he’s clearly in high demand. I suggest that you ‘lindy hop’ your way into the COPACC box office or jump online to book your tickets before they sell out.”

Tickets to Swing Man, showing on Friday, October 12 start at $34 for adults, $31 for concession and $20 for under 30s. Groups of four or more receive a 10 per cent discount.

Swing Man is proudly sponsored by The Colac Herald, Dinny Goonan and Shalimar Nursery; and is brought to you by Reginal Arts Victoria, Creative Victoria and Hey Boss.