Summer is drawing closer and Sydney’s Party Season is starting to heat up.
It’s all about long days on the beach, or nights in the backyard, with an esky chockablock full of drinks, a barbecue reeking of tasty, and good friends.
But how to distinguish your chill vibes from those of your neighbours?
How do you guarantee that people won’t be disappointed by your event and begin to resent you?
Rudy & Cuthbert, purveyors of experiences, have taken over Audrey Journal ahead of their new show, Rudy & Cuthbert Too, playing at KXT’s Bordello Room from November 17-21.
They’re here to give you their expert advice on how to ensure that your friends click ‘interested’ on that Facebook event and heart react your ‘thank you for coming’ post the day after.
1. Wash your Hands
‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’ and you want to be the God of this event. So douse your mitts in warm water, lather them in soap and rub your hands together. Remember to pay particular attention to the thumb because you’ll need that when you pick things up and put them down and you’ll be doing a tonne of that tonight. Once that’s done rinse them off and voila, clean hands.
2. Water the Garden
While this step is super important for a thriving green space make sure that you water during the evening or at night to limit evaporation as we’re currently living through one of the worst droughts on record. It’s also a great idea to fit your hose with a trigger nozzle to help control water flow.
3. Invite your Friends
It seems like the whole wide world uses the world wide web these days! Make sure that you invite your friends to the Facebook event and the Instagram page. Some excellent examples can be found here and here.
Fill the space with life. When it came to decorating the Bordello Room we knew that we needed to assemble the best team we could to make the event pop. Kate Beere, Aron Murray and Jennifer Jackson are all brilliant recent graduates from NIDA and have brought incredible sound, light and management to the piece.
5. Hire a DJ
Everyone knows that there are good ones and bad ones. Some play So Fresh Hits of Summer 2003 and some play only Ringo’s new stuff. We approached Jo Turner, most recently seen spinning decks at Darlinghurst Theatre’s Small Mouth Sounds, for our party. He has 25 years of DJing experience and he has DJed Rudy & Cuthbert to a new level of sensitivity.
6. Schedule Entertainment
Rudy & Cuthbert have a history of entertaining people. After a successful run at the Old 505 last year with their groundbreaking, silent, two-man interpretation of Reginald Rose’s 12 Angry Men, they travelled down to Melbourne’s Southbank Theatre earlier this year to similar acclaim. This new event promises to be just as perfectly executed. And if you can’t secure two clowns for your event … um maybe try apple bobbing I guess?
7. Don’t Consult a List
I’m going to have to be a bit firm on this last one. We live in a society where no one wants to make a decision. Living under the weight of media media media we all succumb to a static image of what our life must resemble. But the media is faulty. It fails to reflect the true complexity and diversity of the real world in it’s appetite for money and influence.
As a result, great tracts of the population feel invisible and misrepresented and depression deepens and those privileged enough to own a phone fall into a spiral of falsehood unable to catch even their own reflection in that black mirror.
But what if we looked up?
What if we caught the eyes of the person dancing across the room from us?
What if we trusted that that is the only connection real enough for those perfect summer vibez?