Alanta Colley has travelled the world, living in villages and teaching health education to all and sundry. She’s also managed to contract most of the world’s least pleasant parasites. Essentially she’s terrible at her job. Come on an adventure, across the world and through the intestine; learning about some of the world’s cheekiest micro-organisms and how Alanta contracted each of them. Not a show for the faint of heart.
You’re never alone, when you’ve got a parasite. Ten years of travelling and working in Asia and Africa, Alanta has seen a few things. And eaten a few things. And yelled her lunch into not an inconsequential number of toilets.
Parasites Lost is equal parts scientific, entertaining and comedic. It tempers the educational elements of a TED talk with hilarious anecdotes and the occasionally bleak moments of potty humour. This show is an informative and pathos-addled adventure both across the globe and under the microscope. Discover brain-controlling fungi, living Hollywood beauty treatments and parasites living right under your nose. Literally, under your nose. Right now.
This show is a unique opportunity to learn about the secret life of some of the most ingenious organisms, from someone who’s played host to a bunch of them. (Spoiler: It was like hosting a dinner party where the guests turned up uninvited, broke the crockery, upset the hors d'oeuvres and had to be forcibly evicted).
Alanta Colley is a public health practitioner, a comedian and a bee-keeper. During the day she teaches engineering students about international development. By night she tells jokes about her bees to confused comedy crowds. She spent most of her 20s gallivanting about various countries, working in East Timor, Cambodia, Uganda and Kenya, on HIV, and malaria prevention programs and sanitation programs. This is her debut solo show.
'An impressive debut festival show.' Squirrel Comedy
'Alanta is an experienced and gifted orator.' WeekendNotes
'Colley is a warm, witty and unique performer.' Web WombatBACK TO LISTINGS