Lost in Translation

Your favourite films, translated badly…

Lost in Translation takes classic film scripts, runs them through an online translator a dozen times, and reads the results live on stage in character!

First performed at Adelaide Fringe 2021, Lost in Translation was created by Aaron Finan and Sophie Addison of Braw Media. It features Emma Evans and Lochryn Hearne as well as a large cast of guest stars.

The podcast

After a successful run at Adelaide Fringe 2021, Lost in Translation launched as a podcast.

The performers on stage each take on multiple roles, reading directly from the scripts with absolute commitment.

The final twist is that the guest stars haven’t read the script beforehand, meaning they are just as surprised as the audience. Lost in Translation plays with your expectations, turning the most predictable films into the most unpredictable comedies.

“We wanted to make the show as accessible and far reaching as possible and the best way to do that is a podcast.” – Aaron Finan.

You can find Lost in Translation on social media @lostintranslationshow and subscribe to the mailing list here.

Seasons

Adelaide Fringe 2021

Where: Drama Llama at Rhino Room

When: Tuesday 2 March – Saturday 6 March 2021 at 9:30pm (5 shows)

Four friends with a love for early 2000’s films to ask the question nobody asked: “What happens when you take your favourite film script and run it through several languages using an online translator?” Will it remain the same, become utter gibberish or something else entirely fantastical?

But which films you ask? There are so many to choose from… Well only the most nostalgic early 2000’s blockbusters, with the most famous lines of course! The Lost in Translation crew will take Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Tuesday 2 March & Saturday 6 March), Chicken Run (Wednesday 3 March), Monster’s, Inc. (Thursday 4 March), Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Friday 5 March) into their translation boudoir.

Guest stars: Josh Rice, Amy Sincock, Ginny Zilm, Maeghan Stace.

Adelaide Fringe 2022

Where: Drama Llama at Rhino Room

When: Friday 18 February – Saturday 5 March at 6:30pm/10:30pm (13 shows)

After their successful run at Adelaide Fringe 2021 and launching a podcast, Lost in Translation returned to the live stage for Adelaide Fringe 2022.

In 2022, we added two new films in the rotation: Titanic and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. We also brought back crowd favourites: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Chicken Run with a few fresh translations thrown in.

“After testing the waters last year, this is us diving in head first. We’ve listened to what audience members said they wanted last year and are delivering. This year features more shows, more scripts and more jokes on each page.” – Aaron Finan.

Guest stars: Amy Sincock, Josh Rice, Curtis Shipley, Kendra Cowan, Marshall Cowan, James Vinicombe, Laura-Alice Vinicombe, Jamila Main, Eleanor Stankiewicz and Marcel Blanch-de Wilt.

Adelaide Fringe 2023

Where: Upstairs at Rhino Room

When: Friday 17 February – Saturday 4 March at 6:00pm (12 shows)

The Lost in Translation crew added three new films to their rotation, including the sequels to some fan favourites: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Jurassic Park. These new films join an already packed roster featuring: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Titanic and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

“This year is our go big or go home moment. Making the move into the largest venue at Rhino Room is both terrifying and exciting. After such a positive audience response in 2022, we set our sights higher than ever. Three new scripts, three times as many seats and a whole bunch of amazing guest stars.” – Aaron Finan.

Guest stars: Amy Sincock, Josh Rice, Curtis Shipley, Kendra Cowan, Marshall Cowan, James Vinicombe, Laura-Alice Vinicombe, Nathan Stavirdis, Abbey Louise and Eden Trebilco.

Rhino Room Monthly Shows

Where: Upstairs at Rhino Room

When: The last Saturday of each month, June – September 2023 at 7:00pm

Melbourne Fringe 2023

Where: Solidarity Hall, The Trades Hall Festival Hub

When: Wednesday 11 October – Sunday 15 October at 6:00pm (5 shows)

Touring interstate for the first time, the Lost in Translation crew took Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone & Chamber of Secrets, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jurassic Park and Lord of the Rings to Melbourne Fringe 2023!

Guest stars: Josh Rice, James Vinicombe, Laura-Alice Vinicombe, James McLean, Shabana Azeez, Matthew Hadcroft, Simon Taylor and Guy Cunningham.