Event Organisers and Creative Directors
“Super professional team, joyously classy venue, wonderful programming – the perfect package.”
Shien Chee – Director, Mullumbimby Circus Festival.
Directors, Producers and Performers
Hi, my name’s Tamara. We (Dave and Tamara) have been married for 10 years. We have been entertainers for 20 years – well, Dave slightly longer than that and Tamara maybe just a smidge less – I am younger than him after all.
We have been performers in over 40 countries either together, solo or with other companies. We get a crazy kick out of being in the centre of the laughter, watching people, smile, cackle and involuntarily double over with joy.
We have two kids (our mini giggle girts) now and it was their existence that prompted us to start Laughter House Entertainment – so named after the craziness that is our home. With little tots in tow too much touring is hard, so the business, the tents and the attempt at a more geographically stationary life began in 2013 – that’s right Laughter House Entertainment is our third and last baby. As Creative Directors, Event Producers and Performers, Dave and Tamara are at the heart of Laughter House Entertainment and have their fingers permanently on the pulse of the business.
Dave Evans – Producer/Venues Coordinator
The undenied highlight of the show…so humourous that the audience laughed until they could laugh no more!”
Born an English man, Dave has a natural advantage at humour, it is almost like it is in the gene pool. He is witty and a real word bender, he does cryptic crosswords for goodness sake. The man is a pun lover. He can’t stop with the gags, I am not saying they are always brilliant, but it makes me laugh (and many others) and as he always says, it may not have been my best, but it was fast.
Dave and I took very different paths to laughter, he left school at 14 went to circus school for a year and then started as a street performer at Covent Garden in London. From there, Dave made himself a very acceptable career: he has been both performer and director with the acclaimed Performance Theatre Company in The Three Musketeers, Three Men in a Boat and the box office record breaking hit The Odyssey, The English speaking Theatre of Copenhagen and The Royal Opera House alongside Placido Damingo and the director Franco Zeffirelli.
He has appeared in countless television shows and adverts around the world and acted alongside Sylvester McCoy, Stephen Fry and John Sessions in the Doctor Who Radio play, Death Comes To Time.
Dave has also taught at London’s The Circus Space, Australia’s Circus Monoxide, devised and been director with troupes and companies across the globe and acted for 9 years as The Covent Garden Street Performer’s representative, whilst all the time still touring with his show “The Great Dave Does Tea for Two”, the hugely successful “Married Men” show, tennis racket jugglers “The Racketeers” and more recently the comedy duo “Kiki and Pascal”.
Dave has been involved in as the producer organizing many large scale events, such as the Covent Garden Jubilee Celebrations and the BOC Festival Finale. He has designed and built Laughter House Production’s flagship venues “La Petite Grande” and “The Alkazar” and Laughter House Entertainment’s UK tent “The Kazador”. He is the Director and Producer of The K.I.S.S. Arts Festival, now in it’s 4th year and the Producer of Laughter House Entertainment.
Tamara Campbell – Creative brain!
“I have never heard of her and I don’t know why…she’s brilliant.”
Josie Lawrence British comedienne.
Tamara Campbell is without doubt the funniest person I know. She doesn’t always know just how funny she is being but that’s because it just comes naturally to her! Both on stage and off, she is as determined to give 100% commitment to whatever she does, making her both a massive high achiever and incredibly bloody minded!
Tamara’s forte is working with volunteers on stage. From the critical moment of selection to the ability to make them feel totally at ease, she always empowers them to “be at their best” and leave the stage heroes. A rare and impressive quality shared by very few.
There is however much more to Tamara the Performer than just working with volunteers. The naively crass comic creation “Kiki Bittovabitsch” is a testament to her more complex comic and acting skills, treading a perilously fine line between being downright offensive and adorably innocent, she always charms and achieves the latter.
But really, she is a beautiful, lovely, shy ning nong who couldn’t bring herself to say anything nice about herself, so I did it for her! Dave Evans – Laughter House Entertainment Producer.
And now for the facts. Tamara has been a full time professional performer since 1997. She has performed in over 25 countries and enjoyed unprecedented success with her most famous creation the loveable nerd “Shirlee Sunflower.” Tamara is also a director, producer and writer of physical theatre and circus based work, having written and directed several shows for The Australian National Maritme Museum, Circus Monoxide, The Illawarra Fly and a number of high profile International street theatre shows. Tamara is co founder, co producer and director of The K.I.S.S Arts Festival and Director of Laughter House Entertainment.
- 1996-1997 Dell Arte International school of physical Theatre California, Dip Dell Atre
- 1992-1994 Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Arts Communications in Theatre and Media
- 2002- Ecole Phillipe Gaulier Paris France
Susan Kennedy – Laughter House Administrator
Susan has been administering laughs in theatre since the 1970s. Her first professional engagement was with Theatre ACT when she toured with Harold Pinters’ The Room as a fundraiser for the Labor Party. Since then she has worked with companies such as the Marionette Theatre Of Australia, TOEtruckTheatre, Canberra Theatre Company and Merrigong Theatre. She has also appeared in numerous TV series, commercials, films and corporate videos. Susan played Jules in the short comic film Zara’s Tale produced by Murray Fahey and the winner of the Multicultural Award. A founding member of Not Another Theatre Company and A Dark Horse, Susan completed her Bachelor of Arts (Theatre) Degree at the University of Western Sydney’s Theatre Nepean in 1989. She was subsequently funded to take part in the International Training Program run by the Suzuki Company of Toga in Japan. She also trained and performed with Leisa Shelton’s Theatre Is Moving corporeal mime troupe. Susan’s plays have been produced by Not Another Theatre Company and Marian Street Theatre For Young People. Lies, co-written with Malcolm Frawley won the Festival of Australian Drama’s award for best new play in 1983. She was a writer on the Lake Illawarra Memory and Place Project and artist in residence at Otford Primary School where the group-devised play, Audrey & The Silk Worms was invited to showcase at the Casula Powerhouse. Susan has also worked in an administration capacity for Axis Artists, the community cultural development unit of the Australia Council, Eaton Gorge Theatre Company and Circus Monoxide. She is an invaluable member of the Laughter House Team and brings element of experience and professionalism that was sorely lacking!