mka | fitzroy gardens pavilion

An Unauthorised History of Moomba

The Midnight Horrors

1955 – present. 


The Annual Melbourne four day Moomba Festival means a lot of things to a lot of people.


Originally it was thought to literally mean “‘let’s get together and have fun”. It doesn’t. It was a prank from indigenous playwright and political activist Bill Onus in part to get back at the city council for having deliberately upstaged the traditional Labour Day march with a popular carnival.
Moomba actually means ‘Up Your Bum’.


A parade of monarchs. A large-scale all in brawl.  An overhead projector. Probably only one of these things will appear in:
An Unauthorised History of Moomba.


A one-off special event.
Meticulously researched.
Devoutly crafted.
Completely irreverent. 

Tobias Manderson-Galvin (he) has performed historically accurate roles inc. ‘Captain Cameron‘ (a mashup of James Cameron and David Cameron) in Doppelgangster’s Titanic (2015-16), ‘Hitlerhoff ‘(a mashup of David Hasselhoff and Hitler) in Tom Doig’s Hitlerhoff (2008-09), and the almost dead ‘Walt Disney‘ in MKA’s production of A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney by Lucas Hnath (2018).

Teneille Clerke (she/they) is best known as the host of ‘It’s Your Funeral: The Game Show!‘ Since 2015 Clerke has organised the annual ‘Farshans on the Field’ competition; an event that has since blossomed into the official annual Anti-Melbourne Cup/Nup to the Cup protest/celebration. Her 2018 work Live Streams involved meeting audiences invited solely through word of mouth beside Merri Creek, to look at a literal live stream.


One Show Only

Session Duration


MKA’s Fitzroy Gardens Pavilion

In Fitzroy Gardens, next to the Tudor Village and the Fairies Tree, near Clarendon Street. A 2 min walk from Jolimont Rail Station.



Lead Artists:

Tobias Manderson-Galvin
Teneille Clerke


MKA’s Fitzroy Gardens Pavilion aka The Pavilion at Fitzroy Gardens is managed by Creative Spaces, a program of the City of Melbourne