Otto and Astrid’s Joint Solo Project

Producer: Critical Stages Touring & Salvador Dinosaur
Writer: Otto & Astrid Rot
Directed By: Neill Gladwin

Utterly dysfunctional siblings (and total rock gods) Otto & Astrid are back from Berlin in this riotous and razor-sharp satire of culture wars.


Strap yourselves in for a larger-than-life rock concert as utterly dysfunctional siblings, Otto & Astrid, find it difficult to agree on anything in this riotous and razor-sharp satire of culture wars.

Otto & Astrid are Berlin’s prince and princess of art rock and Europop and the self-proclaimed “Best Band in the World” but have fought for years about the creative direction of their highly anticipated 5th album.

Otto is a bleeding-heart do-gooder, deep into cancel culture, but often his efforts are more talk than action. Astrid may be a feminist, but she is also a nihilist, a hedonist and a libertarian. She uses lies and fake news to get what she wants.

Following considerable discussion (and door slamming), they agreed to tour their new solo albums separately, but after months of searching it became clear that (literally) nobody else would agree to play with them.

Ultimately, they are left with no other choice but to accompany each other on this Joint Solo Project.

Working for the first time with director Neill Gladwin Joint Solo Project is a hilariously cutting satire of cultural polarisation being played out around the world.

Short Reviews

★★★★★ Otto and Astrid take rock to a new level with this wild cabaret.
Herald Sun
★★★★★ The perfect musical comedy act and there is something for everyone – it should not be missed.
Broadway Baby
★★★★ An ear worm-packed dancefest. There is not a part of you that will not love this show.
The Scotsman


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Technical Information

Touring Party: 3
Bump-in Time: 6 hrs
Bump-out Time: 2 hrs
Interval: No


The lighting is a mixture of rock concert and some theatrical effects. We can work with almost any house rig but some blue & red back-lights and downlights works particularly well. If there were any specials available such as Moving Lights we would definitely use them.

For a full show there are approx. 50 lighting cues to program during the tech. The more ROCK, the better – The lighting operator should indulge their creativity and desire for MORE ROCK!

The lighting must be pre-rigged, patched, coloured and flashed out prior to company arrival.


  • ETC Nomad, laptop and DMX Dongle


  • House rig with minimum 20 fixtures for front and back light
  • Haze Machine, with sufficient fluid for all performances
  • Minimum 2 x footlights DSL and DSR
  • Minimum 2 x 4-way Molefay Blinders
  • Mirror Ball and Spot (TBC)
  • Specials (front and backlight) on Drumkit USR, Astrid Vocal Position DSR, Otto Vocal Position DSL



  • 1 x Laptop for sound playback
  • 2 x DI boxes (All guitars go straight into the PA via an Effects Pedal Board and DI)
  • QLab file with Pre-show & Post-show music (laptop can be provided if required)
  • Full Drum Mic Kit (no cables) with:
  • 1 x Sennheiser E901 (Kick)
  • 3 x Sennheiser E904 (Snare, Rack Tom & Floor Tom)
  • 2 x Mann M11 (Hi Hat, Overhead)
  • 1 x Shure SM58 (for slapstick routine)
  • 1 x Shure Beta 56A


  • PA System appropriate to the size and layout of the venue, with all cabling (min. 2 subwoofers)
  • Amplifiers as required by the size of the PA
  • Minimum 12-Channel Audio Console
  • FX Unit with Reverb
  • 2 x 31 band, stereo equalizers (for foldback and FOH)
  • 4 x foldback monitors (on two sends) – all monitors must have minimum 12” woofers.
  • 2 x wireless hand held vocal mics
  • 3 x long boom mic stands
  • 2 x 8-Channel Stage Boxes (as per stage plan)
  • 12 x XLR cables (at appropriate length) to run from all mics/DIs to Stage Distro Boxes
  • 2 x 8-channel loom to run 12 channels from Stage Distro Boxes to FOH control, and 2 sends of Foldback from FOH control to Monitors onstage
  • Drum Riser (2m x 2m @ 0.6m height)
  • 1 x guitar amp. Preferably a Fender ‘65 Re-Issue Deluxe Reverb 22w 1×12” or Fender Hot Rod Deluxe 40w 1×12 or something similar.

The speakers must be pre-rigged, patched, working and rung out for feedback before company arrival. The foldback wedges can be set in the wings to be placed when the touring company arrives.


Minimum stage dimensions*

  • Width: 8 metres
  • Depth: 6 metres


  • All musical instruments
  • Small props


  • Drum Riser (2m x 2m @ 0.6m height)
  • Hazer
  • Masking – all black please
    • Smother as back wall
    • Wings relevant to size of space
    • Mid-stage tabs for larger venues to create smaller playing space
  • Access to stage from auditorium for audience members to come up onto the stage

Crew Notes

Please see the Tech Specs document linked to on this page for full crewing requirements.

Transport Notes

The show can fit into a 3-seater van, (1 tonne should be plenty), everything fits into 5 suitcases (plus personal baggage for 3 people) and can be transported by plane as excess baggage.

Audience & Marketing Notes

Lovers of rock music – their shows consistently have audiences from kids to 70+

Suitable for tweens/teens to go with their parents and have a fun night out together.

Lovers of comedy/cabaret.

A bunch of friends together for a group night out. Or a date!

Character comedy, Physical comedy, Sketch, Improv, Musical comedy, Rock musicals

Selling Points

  • Otto &Astrid’s Joint Solo Project stars two multi award winning character comedians at the top of their game, pretending to put on a rock concert. The show is packed with ridiculously irreverent original songs, expertly executed physical slapstick comedy, and gloriously quirky choreography.
  • If you loved This is Spinal Tap or New Zealand’s Flight of the Concords you are going to LOVE this show.
  • It's a colour and movement spectacular that also happens to be hilarious - the perfect show to market as a friends' night out, date night, or to align with local comedy festivals.

Community Engagement

  • Please contact the producer for further details.

Content Warning

Mild coarse language, some adult concepts




Venue Format

Proscenium arch, black box, thrust, outdoor stage, residency, hall


60 Minutes

Available Until (from - to)



Budget & Fees

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In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2022/2023. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Remount: $20,500

Weekly Sell Off: $16,000

Per Performance: $0

Royalties: 12%
Apra Obligations: N/A

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