REVIEWS

For Cindy Salmon – EMPOWERFUL (2018):

2018 MOOSEHEAD AWARD RECIPIENT

★★★★ “Tantau explores how even our most enthusiastic role models sometimes need help…hilariously amazing” – Time Out Melbourne

EMPOWERFUL is a masterclass in character comedy. For a laugh out loud experience…go see this show” – Squirrel Comedy

“An enjoyable hour of wacky tips for learning new skills, navigating job interviews and facing fears. Plus, if you’re lucky, you’ll get a special souvenir badge” – The Herald Sun

For Cindy Salmon’s Empowerment Hour (2016 & 2017):

★★★★ – The Funny Tonne

“Hayley Tantau’s Cindy Salmon is one of the most powerful high status creations on the Australian stage right now. A high status character that can be hilariously satirical, wildly inspiring, teetering on the monstrous and yet somehow sympathetic is rare among current female comedians. Hayley pulls it off; sustaining it for a full hour without dropping her perfect American accent once, while keeping the audience on side despite some hilariously appalling behaviour. Go see Cindy Salmon’s Empowerment Hour if it pops up near you, and we’ll be keeping an eye on Hayley Tantau” – Lisa Clark, Squirrel Comedy

“A hilarious creation from the fearless Hayley Tantau. It’s hard not to be won over by Cindy…ingenious” – Beat Magazine

★★★★ “Hayley Tantau imbues the character with such an infectious warm energy that it’s hard not to be won over by Cindy. Tantau is simply terrific as Cindy – she nails the voice and the mannerisms and there’s a depth that really brings the character to life. There are some positive messages explored here – particularly through some ingenious and cuttingly cynical advertisement parodies” – The Funny Tonne

“Salmon is a fantastic character. She manages to embrace and subvert many of the contradictions in contemporary feminism” – The Age

“Assertive and entertaining, Hayley Tantau draws in the crowd. Her portrayal of Cindy Salmon is convincing and a little intoxicating as she riles up the audience and gets them onside with gusto…‘Cindy Salmon’s Empowerment Hour’ is a joy to watch. It covers necessary topics and sparks the conversations that need to be had in a humorous, and at times, meaningful way” – Hugging Comedians

“Tantau’s Cindy Salmon is an ace in the hole” – Buzzcuts

“With a blast of an air horn and a shattering of the glass ceiling, Cindy Salmon bursts into Melbourne Fringe with an infectious energy that will leave your cheeks sore by the end of the night….this is one of the best examples of a high status character comedy done to perfection, it is a highlight of Melbourne Fringe” – Squirrel Comedy

For shows I’ve directed:

Fiannah de Rue – It’s Not Funny

★★★★ – Hugging Comedians

“Brilliant…Director Hayley Tantau’s outside eye for detail has helped sharpen much reminiscence into comedy” – Stage Whispers

“Fiannah’s eccentric and delightful characters and heartfelt true stories combine to make this a very funny night out” – Weekend Notes

Dave Hynes – I Love You Special Guest

★★★★★ – The Funny Tonne

“Pure, unbridled, childish enthusiasm…it’s hard not to get wrapped up in the joyful silliness of it all” – Pop Culture-y

For Trillcumber’s Is This Intimacy (2015) and Paradise (2016):

“Taken as a whole, Is This Intimacy? is the perfect gateway into the world of sketch comedy…At home on the new Improv Conspiracy stage – Melbourne’s first dedicated improv theatre – there’s every likelihood that performers like Trillcumber will be leading the Australian charge. For those curious about the groundswell, make sure you get down to see Trillcumber – before someone gives them their own TV show.” – Buzzcuts

“Tantau hilariously displays her musical chops…it’s silly sketch that also manages to tug at your heartstrings. If you’re after well-written sketch comedy from some accomplished young performers, it’s definitely a show worth checking out.” – Squirrel Comedy

“There’s great honesty in Is This Intimacy? Trillcumber present gloriously ridiculous scenarios, populated with characters that feel genuine. It’s sketch that brings together humour and heart” – Squirrel Comedy