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Umbilical Brothers | The DistractionUmbilical Brothers | The Distraction
Laterna magika

Umbilical Brothers: The Distraction

A masterful fusion of comedy, pantomime, and technology.

The New Stage
Laterna fest

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    May 2024

    Saturday 11. 5.

    Tickets available

    Featured programme ND+
    Laterna fest

    Sunday 12. 5.

    Tickets available

    Laterna fest

    Basic information


    The New Stage

    Approximate running time

    1 hour 20 minutes, no intermission


    In English

    Recommended age 12+

    Introduction and programme

    A masterful fusion of comedy, pantomime, and technology.


    Do you love “staring” at the screen? Are you staring at it right now? The Distraction will divert your attention between stage and screen and show you something you have never seen before. Two performers, the principles of theatre and television, six cameras, nine plastic dolls, and much more meet at a single time and place! In their new show, the world-famous Australian comic duo combine unrestrained imagination with comedy, movement, texts, and green screen effects. The masters of slapstick and stand-up comedy surprise with every step they take on stage. They shine with captivating energy and clever humour, extraordinary movement and vocal skills. Similar to their other shows, the Distraction builds on crazy ideas and their original presentation, focusing on the phenomenon of screen and the blending of reality and fiction.

    During their star career, the Umbilical Brothers have visited some 40 countries worldwide, won dozens of prestigious awards and gave thousands of performances before full houses. The Umbilical Brothers performed to the Queen of England and sold out their debut Thwak on Broadway for an entire year. 

    Excerpts from reviews:

    “Unlike any comedy show I've ever seen. It's brilliant, clever and very, very funny. ★★★★★
    Broadway World

    “One word - BRILLIANT! ...The Umbilical Brothers have taken entertainment to another level..”
    “The show that's so amazing, you may lose your head...10/10!” Weekend Notes

    “The Umbilical Brothers demonstrate that they are not only wizards of the stand-up comedy art form but also of special effects technology.” Stage Whispers

    ★★★★★ - Theatre People  
    ★★★★★ - The Advertiser
    ★★★★★ - Broadway World

    Creative team

    David Collins and Shane Dundas

    Photo and video gallery


      Practical information

      Where to buy tickets

      The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. We are currently selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika taking place in April-September 2024.

      When purchasing online, you can get an e-ticket. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

      What to wear?

      By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

      Parking at the National Theater

      While visiting The National Theatre and the New Stage you can use again the underground car park of the National Theatre. Information and a parking fee.


      Buffets on the New Stage

      Use Café Nona for refreshments on the New Stage.