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Literary Death Match Melbourne

9 April

Adrian Todd Zuniga presents

Literary Death Match Melbourne

Tuesday 9 April 2024

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Tuesday 9 April 2024

duration: 90 minutes
times: 7:00pm
ticket price: $10 – $20
bookings: 03 9662 9966

warnings: TBC

Literary Death Match, now in 73 cities worldwide, brings together a mix of four brilliant writers to read their most electric writing for five minutes or less before a live audience and a panel of three all-star judges. After each reading, the judges take turns spouting hilarious commentary about each story, and then select their two favorites to advance to the finals. There, the show trades in its literary sensibility for a comical climax as the finalists play a game (think “Pin the Akubra on Banjo Paterson”) to determine who will take home the Literary Death Match crown.


Literary Merit: Toni Jordanaward-winning, international best-selling author of Prettier if She Smiled MoreAddition (the subject of a major 2024 feature film), Nine Days (winner of Best Fiction at the 2012 Indie Awards) and Our Tiny, Useless Hearts (longlisted for the International Dublin and Voss Literary Awards)

Performance: Nina Oyama, actor (Deadloch; Utopia), comedian (Taskmaster Australia; her 2024 MICF show Nina Oyama is Coming), screenwriter and AWGIE Award-winner for Koala Man

Intangibles: Michelle Brasier, multiple award-winning actor, singer, comedian and author of the forthcoming memoir, My Brother’s Ashes are in a Sandwich BagShe’s earned standing ovations in Aus, UK and USA, and has been seen on Aunty Donna’s Coffee Cafe, Stories From Oz, Thank God You’re Here, Koala Man and more!


Round 1: 
Thabani Tshuma, multi-award-winning Zimbabwean writer and performance poet, co-curator of Thin Red Lines and and author of the debut collection, The Gospel of Unmade Creation

Sez, comedian, musician, writer, producer and content creator who regularly goes viral (300+ million views and counting), she was named as one of Herald Sun’s “Who to Watch in 2024”

Round 2: 
Charlie Lewin, award-winning comedian, theatre-maker and podcaster who writes and directs for TV and stage. He won Best Newcomer at the 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and his podcast POPGAYS won the silver award for Best Entertainment Podcast at the Australian Podcast Awards 2022

Candy Bowers, mischief-maker, writer, creator, musician and the co-creator of global phenomenon Hot Brown Honey. She’s worked as a contributor, actor and sketch writer for the Comedy Channel and the ABC (including Tonightly with Tom Ballard and Get Krack!n)

Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga (author of the award-nominated novel Collision Theory)

Produced by Riley Nottingham, producer, actor and the mind behind Riley Nottingham Needs Your Help



“Welcome to the new world of literary nights where entertainment is king.” — Independent (UK)

“The most entertaining reading series ever” (Los Angeles Times)

“Events like Literary Death Match are helping to revitalize the coolitude of the printed word.” — Interview Magazine

“As engaging as the best concerts, plays and stand-up comedy sets I’ve ever seen, all rolled into one.” — Nashville Scene

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Ticket Prices:

Full: $20
Mob: $10

Ticket sales are subject to a booking fee of $2.00 per ticket plus any merchant charges for payments by American Express


9 April
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fortyfivedownstairs theatre
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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03 9662 9966
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