Preachrs Podcast OnLine & OnStage have been bringing audiences the best in theatrical entertainment since 2012. We have toured shows all across Australia to both audience and critical acclaim. Details of our past and current projects are below!
2021 Past Projects
It Was All Him
Adelaide Cabaret Fringe
A first date takes an unexpected turn when it’s discovered both Veronika and Benjamin have a history with the same man…featuring songs from rock, to musical theatre hits and pop classics, this is one musical adventure you don’t want to miss.
Featuring two of Adelaide’s most accomplished performers, It Was All Him is bound to delight cabaret and musical theatre fans of all walks of life.
5 Stars – Glam Adelaide
4.5 Stars – The Herald Sun
“Impressive vocals” – Weekend Notes
“Pretty damn impressive” – AU Review
“Excellent” – 4 Stars, Rip It Up
Devised, written & performed by Veronika and Benjamin Maio Mackay.
Bella Green is Charging For It
Best Comedy Adelaide Fringe 2020!
Bella Green has worked in brothels & strip clubs, peepshows & dungeons, massage parlours & adult shops, but her most degrading job of all was the three months she spent in a call centre for a big four bank. This show will answer all the questions you never thought to ask about sex work. Like why is paying for sex so similar to ordering a salad? What really goes on in a peepshow? And how can you get away with wearing Uggs while being a cold, hard dominatrix?
Join Bella for an hour of stand-up in the surprisingly mundane but always hilarious world of sex work, where the heels are high, the carpet is sticky and the customer is probably wrong. As heard on Wilosophy.
'Green's the real deal ★★★★☆' The Advertiser
'A brilliant stand-up comedian' - Wil Anderson
Great Detectives 2!
2 thrilling and hysterical mysteries! 1950s detectives Candy Matson & Johnny Dollar shone in their first ★★★★★ show (Glam Adelaide), now they’re back! Be immersed in a world of excitement as we recreate the experience of attending a 1950s radio recording. So come along & join us for a night of new mysteries, comedy & intrigue!
“A performance not to be missed” - Theatre Now.
This production features a phenomenal cast of Australian actors including, Julia Sciacca, Benjamin Maio Mackay, Eden Trebilco and Jennifer Barry. Prepare to be taken back to the 1950s in this entertaining, comedic, mysterious and intriguing night of entertainment! This is a return season after sell out touring shows between 2015 and 2019, featuring mysteries The Cable Car Case and Murder is a Merry-Go-Round.
Be taken on a magical, musical journey through the biggest and best Disney songs, from Mary Poppins to Frozen! Relive all your favourite enchanting songs performed by Benjamin Maio Mackay (Great Detectives) and Laura Desmond (socially [un]acceptable) in this family friendly affair. Returning to the Fringe after a sell-out 2020 season, 3 shows only!
Pretending Things are a Cock
Pretending Things are a Cock is the product of 10 of global wandering and combines an artistic, phallic-filled photographic display with hilarious and surprisingly heart-wrenching tales.
This Just for Laughs award-nominated show for Best Comedy has now been performed to sell-out audiences and critical acclaim world wide. The show has toured to some of the biggest festivals in the world including the renowned Edinburgh Fringe (2012) and Just for Laughs Zoofest in Montreal (2013).
A unique stand-up experience, PTAAC is a hilarious, but also strangely affecting pot-holed journey into an idiosyncratic world.
“The funniest show at the fringe. Don’t miss it. ★★★★½” - Calgary Herald
Just for Laughs Award nomination for Best Comedy (Montreal Fringe, 2010)
Pick of the Fringe Award (Winnipeg)
[Late Night] Panel Show
The British Late Night Gluttony Cult Classic has slipped its way back into the country!
★★★★ (Fouth Wall / Weekend Notes)
2021 will be another HUGE year! The Late Night show where anything can [and does] happen. Five comedians a show, a thousand different outcomes. Unscripted and unapologetic weekend mayhem every Friday and Saturday night! Different every week!
Hosted in 2021 by Adelaide's own ★★★★.5 (Hearld Sun) MC, Benjamin Maio Mackay.
Jon Bennett: Playing with Men
Fringe favourite Jon Bennett was once a great junior footballer in Southern Australia. He was set to "MAKE IT" until he started playing with men…real men. Jon's football career came crashing down when a community tragedy made him re-evaluate his life.
Now a multi award-winning touring performer of festival phenomenon such as Pretending Things Are a Cock, Fire in the Meth Lab, How I Learned to Hug and my Dad's Deaths, it seems Bennett couldn't be further away from the football field. But Jon "Pretend Cocks Guy" Bennett can never run too far from tackling the big men.
A show about community, friendships, life, death, and a bit of football.
** Just for Laughs Best Comedy Award nomination **
“ A tour de force who will make you laugh–to tears. ★★★★★” - Otakuno Culture
Rich Jay: Being Rich but Dying Trying
Rich Jay has performed around the world. LA, London, Berlin, Cape Town, Tokyo, Moscow...nowhere is safe. For his first Fringe show, he’s bringing his best stories. From being chased by an elephant in Botswana to partying with billionaires in Berlin. From entertaining on cruise ships (pre-Covid!) to getting kicked out of the UK. Rich Jay’s life is a roller coaster, but he keeps buying the ticket!
He travelled through Europe as MC of the über-cool Pret A Diner. He hosted his own radio show in Berlin. He rode a motorbike across Africa. Now he wants to share his adventures with you. Strap yourself in for this laugh out loud show that’ll keep you wanting more. Live vicariously through a guy with no limits. Will there be too much information? Probably. But you’ll fall in love with his honesty!
JP: Normal People Are People You Don't Know That Well
Following a successful FringeView season Adelaide Comedian JP has his first solo show! Filled with stories about how weird people can be. It proves that no one is really 'normal' at all.
After years of travelling around Australia, visiting several countries across the globe and meeting thousands of people, JP has come to the startling realisation that while everyone has their own quirks and idiosyncrasies none have ever compared to his own!
'Normal People Are Just People You Don't Know That Well' will delve into the dark depths of JP's bizarre personality and uncover hilarious anecdotes from a mind that is far from "normal".
It's Rabbit Night!!!
IT’S RABBIT NIGHT!!!
IT’S RABBIT NIGHT!!!
IT’S RABBIT NIGHT!!!
IT’S RABBIT NIGHT!!!
**Golden Gibbo Award Nomination (Melbourne International Comedy Festival, 2015)
**Just for Laughs Award nomination for Best Comedy (Montreal Fringe, 2015)
“Jon Bennett’s It’s Rabbit Night!!! is a joyous, bonkers, whole venue experience…David Lynch would love it.”
★★★★ – The Clothesline
“Jon Bennett is a man with a wealth of stories – awkward, funny, touching, dark, cringeworthy, sometimes all at once – and most importantly, the talent to tell them well. This top-tier performer is definitely worth the climb.” ★★★★ – Dirt and Candy
“I laughed myself silly for an hour.” - Orlando Weekly
Jon Bennett vs Jason Donovan
What is Jason’s favourite postcards?*
Does Jason believe in Nuclear Disarmament?*
When do you think your best friend’s boyfriend will leave her?*
Audience and comedians come together to play one of the most difficult and baffling board games of all time about early 90s Aussie heart throb, soap and pop star Jason Donovan.
Hosted by Jon Bennett.
*Actual questions from the game.
JUST FOR LAUGHS BEST COMEDY AWARD nominee (Montreal, 2017)
"Exactly what the audiences want. A lot of fun to be had. ★★★★” - The West Australian
"Jon Bennett had me laughing harder than I have laughed in recent memory." - Montreal Theatre Hub
"His silly antics are made endearing by his immediately likable persona." - Westmount Magazine
Naked Cabaret (Charity Event)
Naked Cabaret returns in 2021!
Performers - Clothes
+ Audience - Clothes =
*Mystery Line Up*
Proceeds donated to https://butterfly.org.au/
Already in 2020 we've produced a great array of projects we're extremely proud of. All of our touring dates for the remainder of 2020 have been cancelled due to COVID-19. When we're able to reschedule these we shall announce new dates and future projects. We look forward to bringing you more live shows when the global climate allows.
[Late Night] Panel Show
★★★★ "Join the fun" Fourth Wall.
The team behind the cult Gluttony smash '[Late Night] GameShow' are back for a fourth huge year of causing mayhem in the late night tents of the Gluttony park.
This show will never run on time, often break some scenery and occasionally offend someone. You'll love it.
UK comedian, Andrew Silverwood (★★★★ Laugh Kookaburra/The Adelaidian) is on his mission to get his own TV panel show or prove once at for all that he cannot be trusted with such a thing. With a rotating panel of Fringe Celebrities.
P.S. someone invite ABC, BBC, Comedy Central or Netflix etc. pls. k. thnx.
★★★★ “It's fun, it doesn't require much thinking, and it's a great excuse to get some laughter happening for 60 minutes of quality banter” - by Tema , Weekend Notes
Andrew Silverwood: Call Me Janice
"If you put me in a show, change my name. Call me Janice."
"No Thanks! Janice is my mum's name."
A show about the water in Disneyland, Brits meeting koalas, having a dog and accidentally taking animal tranquilizers. Stand-up & storytelling from award-winning, critically acclaimed cheeky London chap, Andrew Silverwood.
★★★★ “A force to be reckoned with and a mainstay in the stand up comedy industry for a long, long time...” - Fatema, Weekend Notes
★★★★ "Quick-wit, dripping sarcasm and self-deprecating jokes make for a solid hour of laughter" Adelaidian
★★★★ "A must see" Fourth Wall
★★★★ "Funny, Likeable, Honest" Laugh Kookaburra
Benjamin Maio Mackay's (Please) Validate Me
A comedy show seeking your approval. Multi-award nominated, 5 star performer Benjamin Maio Mackay has been through some sh*t. Now he's got some stories to tell, hopefully they'll make you laugh (or maybe even cry). Either way please come make him feel better about his otherwise meaningless existence.
★★★★★ "Hilarious" Glam Adelaide.
“A charismatic and captivating storyteller…“Combining honest reflection, clever observations, sarcasm and song, he is nothing if not entertaining as he shares intimate aspects of his colourful life…he’ll make you laugh; he’ll make you think and even squirm in your seat” - Fringe Feed
★★★★★ "A must see" - Fringe Feed Perth Audience Review
★★★★1/2 "Genuinely Funny" Herald Sun.
★★★★ The Adelaide Advertiser.
★★★★ "Fabulous" The Clothesline
"Dynamic and gripping" Fringe Review UK.
"Damn impressive" AU Review.
"Enigmatic as f**k" Magnus Danger Magnus.
Be taken on a magical, musical journey through the biggest and best Disney songs, from Mary Poppins to Frozen! Relive all your favourite enchanting songs performed by Benjamin Maio Mackay (Great Detectives) and Laura Desmond (socially [un]acceptable) in this family friendly affair. “The two performers absolutely take you on a magical adventure of a wide variety of Disney songs showcasing their impressive vocals” - by Kristy Dee, Weekend Notes
Dr Selflove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Thights
Unfortunately, growing up happens to everyone. Along the way, some things stick with us; a comment from someone you thought you knew, or an attitude towards an object that you love. How do these things shape us? A show which poses more questions than it answers, explore vulnerability, change and strength from a female perspective with Dr Selflove. Directed by Benjamin Maio Mackay.
★★★★ "Natural and emotive performer" The Advertiser.
"Desmond's stage presence is at once casual and controlled" Collage Adelaide.
"Unique and commanding, in the most delicate of ways" The AU Review.
"Honest, brave and thought provoking" Great Scott.
Past Projects (2015-2019, full archive TBA)
Great Detectives 2!
In 2019 Preachrs Podcast OnLine & OnStage presented a sequel to their smash-hit, Great Detectives. The new show featured much loved characters, Johnny Dollar and Candy Matson in brand new stories! The show received 5-Star reviews and audience acclaim during its debut sell-out run in the 2019 Adelaide Fringe. 2 New Mysteries! 1950s detectives Candy Matson & Johnny Dollar shone in their first ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ show (Glam Adelaide), now they’re back! Be immersed in a world of excitement as we recreate the experience of attending a 1950s radio recording. So come along & join us for a night of new mysteries, comedy & intrigue! “Not to be missed” - Theatre Now Starring Emma Bargery, Eden Trebilco, Jennifer Barry and Benjamin Maio Mackay this show is one not to miss! 8 Shows only!
#BunnyPastards - Hardly Trivial Trivia
Preachrs Podcast OnLine & OnStage along with Ben Sorensen Enterprises were delighted to present the comedy duo Ben Sorensen and Benjamin Maio Mackay in their debut show together. #bunnypastards was a crowd favourite in the Adelaide Fringe, audiences loved it and the debut season was sold out! These two podcasters are sure to delight with wit, wisdom and terrible dad jokes... Join two of Australia’s favourite podcasters, narcissistic nihilist Ben Sorensen and sadistically sarcastic Benjamin Maio Mackay for a night of improv, trivia, pop culture and comedy. Prepare for wit, wisdom, high brow dad jokes and some very black humour…This is certainly a night not to miss! 2 Shows only, March 14 and 15!
Great Detectives - 6 Award Nominations!
Preachrs Podcast OnLine & OnStage had our smash-hit, Great Detectives of Old Time Radio Live tour Australia over 2016, 2017 and 2018 to audience, and critical acclaim.
Join us for an evening of Mystery, Comedy and Intrigue! The 1950s were the golden age of radio drama. Now you can relive 3 classic mysteries live on stage. Be immersed as this show recreates before your very eyes the experience of attending a 1950s radio drama recording, with scripts from old favourites Candy Matson and Yours Truly Johnny Dollar!
This production features a phenomenal cast of Australian actors including, Benjamin Maio Mackay, Eden Trebilco, Julia Sciacca, and Jennifer Barry. Prepare to be taken back to the 1950s in this entertaining and intriguing historic recreation!
The revised version of the show opened in September during the Sydney Fringe 2016, before touring for over 25 shows! The show has earned 5 Star Reviews and audience acclaim. After a 2016 Adelaide season the show returned to Adelaide Oval during Fringe for 3 more sell-out shows.
Preachrs Podcast OnLine & OnStage has brought Australians critically acclaimed theatrical productions since 2013 and founder Benjamin Maio Mackay shares his excitement at taking this show around Australia. “It resonated with so many members of our audience in the 2015 Adelaide Fringe and I’m ecstatic that we’ll be able to perform this new version to audiences all over Australia. It has the right mix of comedy, drama and history - it really appeals to all ages and tastes.”
AWARD NOMINATIONS: Broadway World Sydney Theatre Awards 2016
Best Actor - Eden Trebilco
Best Actor - Benjamin Maio Mackay
Best Director - Benjamin Maio Mackay
Best Actress - Julia Sciacca
Best Supporting Actress - Jennifer Barry
“A Performance Not to Be Missed!” - Theatre Now
5 Stars - Glam Adelaide
“An entertaining experience” 4 Stars - Adelaide Theatre Guide
Matthew Reilly's Ice Station Live
Best selling Australian author Matthew Reilly announced a Preachrs Podcast OnLine & OnStage audio drama production of his number 1 best selling novel Ice Station:
Josh Mensch as Scarecrow
Mary Rose Angley as Fox
Victoria Morgan as Sarah Hensliegh
Benjamin Maio Mackay as Book
Jennifer Barry as Kirsty
with Scott Reynolds, Katherine Wicker, James Edwards, Aaron Broomhall, Sebastian Cooper, Christophe Pasquier & Adam Bates
Preachrs Podcast OnLine and OnStage is delighted to be bringing you a full cast audio drama of Matthew Reilly’s acclaimed action thriller novel Ice Station. Ice Station tells the story of a team of US divers, who vanish while exploring three thousand feet beneath the ice shelf. After sending out an SOS, the Wilkes Ice Station draws a rapid deployment team of Marines…and someone else! A horrific firefight, a plunge into a killer whale infested pool and a battle for survival is what makes Ice Station riveting. In Matthew Reilly’s words, “It’s time to bring Ice Station to life!”
Actor, director and writer Benjamin Maio Mackay (owner of Preachrs Podcast OnLine and OnStage) has adapted Ice Station into an audio drama and in the Adelaide Fringe Festival the project will be piloted with a live reading of the first 3 parts. This reading will feature a hugely talented Adelaide ensemble cast, as well as sound effects to help engage the audience in this exciting story. Benjamin describes this project as one of his most enjoyable to date and explains that he is truly honoured to be working with such an iconic Australian text.
The show received audience and critical acclaim.
Great Detectives of Old Time Radio LIVE!
The 1940s were the golden age of radio drama and now you can relive 3 of those stories live on stage. Be immersed as this show recreates before your very eyes the experience of attending a 1940s radio drama recording. The scripts are from old favourites Dragnet, Yours Truly Johnny Dollar and Candy Matson!
Dragnet is possibly the most famous crime drama from the era, as all the scripts are based on actual cases and they were transcribed from police reports. Dragnet is considered one of the best police procedural shows of all time!
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar was one of the longest running radio shows of the time and it’s all based around the “action packed expense account of Johnny Dollar private insurance investigator!”
Candy Matson was always finding herself in tricky situations and always managed to help the police in their investigations. Being one of the only female investigators of the time it’s no wonder her show was another one of the most popular radio shows of the time!
Featuring a stellar cast of:
Benjamin Maio Mackay
and Brian Knott as the Announcer
For details on our shows prior to 2014 please head to the "History" page.