Esplanade Presents


The Distraction

The Umbilical Brothers (Australia)

7 Jun 2024, Fri, 8pm

8 Jun 2024, Sat, 8pm

1hr 15mins

(Intermission: None)

Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

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Broadway Baby ★★★★★ 

“An unmissable and unforgettable comedy experience…mind-blowing special effects…it’s truly a roller-coaster of inventiveness…"


In Daily ★★★★ ½  
“...daftly hilarious, award-winning mash-up of live performance, real time footage and green-screen-trickery” 


Do you love staring at screens? Are you staring at a screen right now? You should get out more. Specifically, to a show that has an enormous screen smack-bang in the middle of it. 


The Umbilical Brothers take the energy of live performance and the spectacle of cinema and smash them together into a new show performed simultaneously on stage and on the big screen, blending physical comedy and humour with cinematic special effects. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen, and nothing they’ve ever done, and it will blow your mind way more literally than you are expecting. The Distraction: enabling your screen addiction. 


Post-Show Dialogue
There will be a short dialogue with the artists at the end of each show.


This production contains some mature content, including occasional coarse language, simulated onscreen violence and sexual references.


Some mature content, including occasional coarse language, simulated onscreen violence and sexual references.


No photos or videos allowed during the show.

Recommended Age: 10 and above.
Admission Age:
6 and above.
Language: English
Things to Note:
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Artist Information

The Umbilical Brothers


The Umbilical Brothers are an international comedy phenomenon. Their unique mix of mind-bending comedy and back-breaking physicality has taken the world’s favourite Australian comedy duo to 40 countries—from stadiums supporting performers like Robin Williams and N*Sync.  


Named as two of Entertainment Weekly’s 100 Most Creative People in Entertainment, they have appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, after James Brown at Woodstock ’99, and before the Queen of England. Their global gigs have included a year-long off-Broadway run where they received raves from The New York Times and a New York Drama Desk nomination. Awards include a Helpmann for Comedy Performance of the year, The Edinburgh Critic’s Choice Award and a couple of BAFTA’s. Younger fans and stoners know them from The Upside Down Show, which they created with Sesame Workshop and won them an Emmy and a Logie.  


They haven’t just broken down the rules of theatre; they’ve invented a new theatrical multiverse. Unbelievable human performances meets special-effects wizardry. It feels so much like magic, you’ll want to burn them at the stake. 

Date & Time

7 Jun 2024, Fri


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

8 Jun 2024, Sat


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade
Tickets & Prices

Students, NSFs, Seniors & PWDs

Price $38 $30

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