Comedian Carlo Ritchie, of improv duo The Bear Pack, is heading to the Art Gallery of NSW to spin tales of Rembrandt and the Dutch master painters into those off-the-cuff yarns the group is so well known for.
To the sounds of cellist Ange Lavoipierre's accompanying melodies, Ritchie and special guests will use their powers of quick wit and on-the-spot decision-making to tell untold stories inspired by artworks from the Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age exhibition currently showing at the gallery. Through audience suggestions of objects and places, The Bear Pack will improvise characters and situations to create a cohesive, laugh-out-loud tale. The tales are untold, and will never be told the same again, so it's worth blocking off the full series of nights. The crew has previously captivated audiences by taking them on spontaneous adventures to the Pyramids, fire escapes, Aztec temples, maternity wards and even Subway. This time we're headed to 17th-century Amsterdam.
There'll be four Bear Pack shows in January at AGNSW, every Wednesday at 6.30pm from January 10 to 30. They're free gigs and no booking is required, so we recommend getting in early as they regularly sell out at the Giant Dwarf.