INTERVIEW | Struan Logan

Struan Logan is the Scottish comedian taking Australia by storm. After road tripping around Australia and New Zealand headlining gigs whilst meandering through, he then made his way back home via South East Asia performing stand-up in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

In his show, Logan regales you with stories about how Scottish privilege was his best travel ally, doing jokes about Islam in a Muslim majority country and how he understood religion by seeing Buddhist Hell. We caught up with him to find out all about it!

How did you get into stand-up?

I always liked stand-up on TV when but Youtube when it first came out was what single handedly made me obsessed with comedy. Getting all of these shows and albums at the touch of your fingertips is very good to learn about comedy but terrible if you are still a student at that point. What made me want to do it was going to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time and working as a flyer. I got to see so much live stand-up where someone got to tell their stories and share a different point of view to the world. Long form solo shows are where you can get something better across than just by being there for 5 minutes on stage.

What have you learned about comedy from being on the scene?

The main thing I’ve learned is that individual “scenes” don’t matter, it is just about being a good comic and understanding to tailor your sets right for the correct place. The main problem with staying in an individual place is that you only get good in that area. You occasionally meet a comic with a huge ego because they are a ‘big deal’ in the scene. I was headlining a gig in Berlin and had to deal with some jacked up comic because he was “big in German.” He didn’t understand why I shook my head at him after he said that.

Toughest Gig?

I did a split show in Edinburgh Fringe with a UK act called President Obonjo who plays a character act based on an African Dictator. One day we had a very quiet show and did what essentially became a private show for a Nigerian family of mum, dad, the three kids 10, 8, 6 and Granny! Kids are tough to do stand-up to as they have a low concentration but I managed to crack a few laughs out of them. As hard as I tried I never won granny over.

Why do you like storytelling?

I have come from a family who are good at storytelling, many Australians say it is a very celtic tradition of sharing stories but I have met plenty of Scots who can’t tell a tale to save themselves. Every comic has the version the want to be and the one they actually they are. Whilst many of us comics would like to be dropping harsh trust bombs like the resurrected ghost of Bill Hicks, I am far better at spinning a yarn.

What do you adapt to your audience being from overseas?

A lot, sometimes you can change the references but often it is just better dropping things and writing a whole new thing for the crowd. Some tales in the show aren’t so much adapted as exclusive to that country. I have a story about being attacked by a iced-up junkie in Melbourne at a show which I feel is the true blue Aussie experience. That doesn’t work anywhere else because ice is a very Aussie experience (dealing with people on it not being high themselves). Outside of Australia they think you have to be wary of poisonous snakes, spiders or crocs but you realise a meth-head on the tram is much more of a common inconvenience.

Your show is about backpacking, why do you think so much comedy comes from those experiences?

Because you are meeting so many new people and in new situations it is impossible not to have comedy come out of it. In hostels you hang about with other backpackers who share stories then you contribute yours. There is the cliche that people who go off travelling to ‘discover themselves’ a far more accurate version is if you go backpacking and don’t have a good story out of it they failed miserably.

Comedy allows us to gain insights into thoughts that are different from ours. Would you find this is true when you perform?

I agree from seeing other shows but you can’t always know it from your own work because you are rarely the person present when they are talking about your own show. I get a little bit of that feedback from reviews or close friends being completely honest but normally you will not entirely know what people think of your show as everyone has a different opinion about each bit.

Travel broadens the mind, do you try to bring much wisdom to the performance?

Not really. Of course you sneak in a couple of little agendas in the show through jokes but nothing derails a comedy show like trying to impart wisdom. It is like those really boring sermons you get at school where a minister tells you a long, uninteresting speech but then relates it back by saying, “And do you know what the football represents? Jesus!”

As you have experienced being in Australia what do you find the funniest thing about Australians?

In Australia when people say “How ya going?” as a greeting, they don’t mean it literally. I find this after a lot of blank stares whilst I described my day.

Why should people see the show?

I am committed enough to bring this show to Australia by getting a plane halfway across the world and live in this country for two months. If it was shit I would be very much bankrupt and be having a horrible time out here. Thankfully the shows have been fun, crowds have been delightful and I have caught some other people’s kick-ass shows whilst out here. I couldn’t afford to bring a mediocre show out here.


FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Mavis (And Other Broken Objects) | 4 Stars

Review | Kieran Eaton

Mavis (And Other Broken Objects) is a wonderfully produced cabaret show by Megan Hunter, Conor Neylon, and Jackson Peele. This is the tale of a young woman named Mavis (Hunter) going on the hunt in the search for love. This is a realistic journey of sexual risk-taking in the hope that Mavis would fall in the arms of the man of her dreams and live happily ever after. Of course, life is not like the scripts of Hollywood!

Hunter creates a bubbly character on stage and yet this show would not work without the assistance of four well chiselled, musically talented, young men. On stage they create the contrast to Mavis’s brash nature – with bashful, silly playfulness. This works like a treat, especially with one of the men being the piano accompaniment. He does it in a cheeky style that is perfect for the feel of the night. These good-looking men all end up being part of Mavis’s love adventures, that allow her to showcase a full gamut of emotions.

When Mavis first comes on stage in just her underwear and swearing – the audience is braced for a character that will put herself out there quickly and with attitude. Her story opens by her trying to get into a nightclub at sixteen and this ticked all the boxes of what occurs in these establishments. Much thought is put to create a hyper-real story from the mind of a young Perth woman. This is achieved with lots of sass and cleverly subtle humour.

Then ending takes you by surprise but it all makes sense when reflect on the show title, Mavis (And Other Broken Objects). Do see this musical performance for a night good for your eyes, ears and general wellbeing!


WHEN: 20 – 24 February 2018 | 7:30pm

WHERE: Downstairs at The Maj | His Majesty’s Theatre |Perth CBD

INFO: Tickets $36-42 | Duration 50 minutes | Recommended 15+ | WA artist | CABARET



FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Flight of Fancy | 5 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Flight of Fancy is the best value for money variety night you’ll find all FRINGEWORLD 2018. Seriously, it’s such a great night out – I went to the final one and it went way over time, but believe me I didn’t mind because I didn’t want it to end.

It’s unfair to review individual acts in a variety night, but I will say that the magic combination of the quick-witted host Andrew Silverwood and the hilarious stage kittens kept the night at a really high level of entertainment. Curator, and finale act Whisky A’more really knows how to create a winning line-up.

We got a sneak peak of Logy on Fire – a street entertainer who brings old-school classic juggling and the like crashing into the twenty-first century. He gave us a little taste of his street show in a cigar box manipulating trick that left us in tears with laughter and then ensured our jaws crashed firmly to the floor and stayed there!

There is still ONE MORE CHANCE to see Logy on Fire at Fringe Central Sunday 25th February, 5pm.


Next up was the charismatic Scotsman, Elliott Bibby who cracked us up with his silly antics and then blew our minds with his amazing talent. Bibby is (at the time of writing) the Scottish Magician of the Year and for good reason. He got an audience member up from the crowd and read her mind – before blowing it! I enjoyed his natural comedy more than his tricks – but don’t get me wrong, I was pretty damn impressed with them, too.

There are still TWO MORE SHOWS left of Elliot Bibby Scottish Magician presents: McMagic Moments Sunday 25th February 8:00pm & 9:00pm


Just as the guys up on stage were making things look pretty easy, Silverwood asked if anyone in the audience wanted to give Burlesque a go. I honestly fell for this for a split second, until I realised that the dream team from Improlesque were the ones to answer the call. Think Whose Line Is It Anyway meets Striptease! Baron von Envy and Trigger Happy got dressed in the funniest, extra af outfits and proceeded to improvise a full burlesque routine in the ballet style to Destiny’s Child’s ‘No Scrubs’ and I can tell you, those moves will stay with me forever! These guys are ridiculously funny – watching them was a better ab workout than any Pilates session could ever be.

There is STILL ONE SHOW left on Sunday 25th February at 7:00pm so don’t miss out!


As a writer and a theatre-lover, the wonderful Dee Dee Luscious performing her librarian burlesque striptease was right up my alley. Reading an oversized volume of ‘How To Burlesque,’ Luscious looks around guiltily – slowly stripping off with a shy grin and a hilarious technique. Her facial expressions were a bit silly for my liking – I mean, she’s meant to be repressed, not backwards – but those dance moves were so perfectly and hilariously timed. It’s clear why Dee Dee Luscious won Burlesque Idol Perth 2018.

It was also a huge treat to be entertained by the phenomenal wonder, Clara Cupcakes. I haven’t been lucky enough to catch her this FRINGEWORLD 2018, so to see her at Flight of Fancy was extra special. And she did not disappoint. Whirling onstage like the Tassie Devil, Cupcakes whipped us into a frenzy with her brilliant hoop routine. She has been doing this routine for a while, but it just seems to get better and better! You can still catch Clara Cupcakes’ FINAL SHOW Sunday 25th February 8:00pm.


Of course, Flight of Fancy wouldn’t be complete without the incredible Whisky A’more and she burst onto the stage in a brash, blue, Braveheart blitz! A’more’s unique routine was truly exciting to see – fiercely bold and intimidatingly sexy, Whisky A’more dominated the stage and titillated while terrifying the audience. Her brilliant curation and vision is what solidified Flight of Fancy as an absolute highlight of FRINGEWORLD 2018 – it was a night I will never forget!

Unfortunately Flight of Fancy is all over red rover – but keep your eye out for the acts you’ve read about and check one of them out – you won’t regret it.

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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Dirty Jazz Cocktail Hour | 4.5 Stars

Review | Laura Money

The irrepressible Jessie Gordon is back in a night of saucy songs and cheeky tunes all themed towards drinking and alcohol. Accompanied by the incredibly talented pianist, Chris Foster the duo tackle everything from old jazz standards from New Orleans to Nina Simone and Frank Sinatra – if it involves alcohol, it’s here!

Dirty Jazz Cocktail Hour is a pretty sedate evening, full of class and jazz standards. The Ellington Jazz Club fills with jazz lovers and offers you a ‘Filthy Gordon’ – well it’s a White Lady Cocktail, but I think it’s far more novel to sip on a Filthy Gordon while watching the real thing onstage! Gordon’s sublime voice carries throughout the whole club as she charts the origins of jazz in her opening song about Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Not only do you get a good theme, but you get a history lesson, too.

Gordon’s throaty tones seduce you through cheeky jazz songs like ‘Let’s Get Drunk and Truck’ and ‘Long John’ about her dentist. These songs are full of innuendos, and Gordon’s cheeky eyebrow raises and winks really offset the material! There are some really beautiful pieces, like ‘Lilac Wine’ once covered by Jeff Buckley and ‘One For My Baby’ by Old Blue Eyes himself – and Gordon pulls no punches, hitting every note and adding that certain extra quality that goes with her charming stage presence.

There is a powerful message here, though. Music and popular culture are real indicators of cultural memes and can be agents of social change and the zeitgeist of the time. Little quips about inflation and how the songwriters of the 1930s were probably not quite as innocent as we like to think of them combine with Gordon’s acute observations about inequality – especially feminism – to firmly place these songs in context and possibly highlight inequity in our current world.

Get yourself down to The Ellington Jazz Club, grab a Filthy Gordon and watch one on stage, because this is one fantastic night out!

WHEN: 21 – 25 February 2018 | 9:00pm

WHERE: The Ellington Jazz Club | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $22 – $26 | Duration 50 mins | Suitable 18+ | WA Artists | MUSIC



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ARTICLE | Enter The Little Death Club with Bernie Dieter

Bernie Dieter is the divine cabaret star of the deliciously debaucherous Little Death Club, a late night variety of the darkest and sexiest acts of FRINGEWORLD. It’s on at 11:15pm on Friday and Saturday nights, so don’t miss out! We caught up with Bernie before the shows to see what all the fuss is about.

Ms Dieter travels around the world to Festivals, Fringe Festivals, Bars, Clubs, Dive bars – anywhere that will have her. She writes brand new songs or adapts songs for The Little Death Club and essentially chooses acts from her ‘carnie’ family – people she has met over the years.

I get my friends to join me on stage and they do their naughtiest, filthiest material! It’s a big after-party really, at the end of the night you come and really let your hair down!

The show was developed with Tom from Deadman Label and their mission was to find the funniest and filthiest line-up. All of the material is cutting edge and relevant to now, but it’s also about the material they want. It’s described as ‘Punk Cabaret’ because

pretty much anything can happen! The audience is very much involved in the show, I like to get up close and personal with them. It’s about breaking down those walls and boundaries and really connecting with people. We don’t like a passive show – we want something that is anarchic and dynamic!

Dieter laments the fact that people are less and less willing to reach out and touch each other these days. “You know, I hug the audience, I lick the occasional forehead…” There is a lot of audience interaction, but Dieter will never pick on anyone without their consent. She remembers one lovely bearded man (Dieter loves her beards!) at one of her shows who she encouraged to break out of his shell and ended up on stage in a moment of triumph.

It was an interesting journey to cabaret and performing for Dieter – it comes naturally and is definitely in the blood. Finding out recently that her grandmother was in a German travelling circus before the war. It was such a beautiful thing for her to find out, and is proud to know that it’s in her family tree.

I was always an attention seeker! I always wanted to sing from a very early age – family functions, they couldn’t shut me up. Cabaret was a really exciting place to develop my own stuff. I watched Rocky Horror Picture Show at the age of nine although, I was never allowed to see the orgy scene till I was about twelve!

After watching some cabaret shows in Melbourne and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Dieter was inspired by the powerful women she watched in those shows and also the German 70s Pornography her family videos were taped over! She loved watching powerful women in corsets and fishnets completely in control. It’s because of this, though that Dieter isn’t afraid to converse with her family about sex.

We’ve always been pretty open about it. I remember as a kid, my parents would be upstairs and going for it, and we’d get the broom and bang it on the ceiling and be like “shut up!”

As Little Death Club is a cheeky nod to ‘le petit mort’ or the little death that is the human orgasm, her audiences are happy to be liberated within the Speigeltent. Dieter points out that sex is basically what we all have in common. It’s something we usually speak about with friends, so why not talk about it with strangers? Her new songs cover contemporary sex talk like dick pics and emoji porn.

Dieter acknowledges that we are living in a very important time when it comes to feminism and consent.

Women are stepping up and saying – hey guys, there’s still a lot of work to do. I think we do address it [in the show] by being a powerful woman. I don’t like to lecture on it because I think there are a lot of good guys who are really respectful and also fighting for the movement. I think we should be showing rather than telling.

There are a lot of shows out there that have a stronger feminist message, but Dieter believes (and rightly so) that by being a strong woman it makes her a strong role model. “You need to lead by example.” Being a single female host of a late night cabaret in the middle of Northbridge is transgressive as it is, so in my opinion, Dieter is a trend-setter.

Little Death Club has a remarkable, loose and relaxing vibe. A lot of the acts that don’t normally do variety nights are attracted to the relaxed atmosphere of the show.

They get to do something different and relax without the pressure of their shows. We usually see them doing stuff they don’t normally do in their solo shows. They can do something a little bit edgier, wilder, or ruder.

Get yourself down to Little Death Club for a VIP experience and grab a ringside seat to seeing artists let loose and create a unique night of fun and filth!

You can get your tickets to LITTLE DEATH CLUB here:

See our 4.5 STAR review here:





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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Boris & Sergey | 5 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Whatever your plans are tonight, cancel them and get yourself down to see Boris & Sergey! This is the hottest puppet show in town, it’s a wild ride from vaudeville, to interpretive dance, to action and adventure, and avant garde surrealism. It’s all those things and more!

Flabbergast Theatre have been delighting audiences all around the globe with their debauched and deranged little leather puppets the titular Boris & Sergey. It’s a completely unique brand of comedy – drawing on the traditions of the Music Hall duo, these ‘brothers’ are so in sync with each other, they hilariously bounce off each other and constantly crack each other up.

The puppetry techniques are pure beauty – if one steps back from the comedy and the trappings of a show, what you get is complex co-ordination simply rendered. Three puppeteers operate each puppet and all are masters at their craft. The sheer joy and expressionism in each movement – from climbing up onto the table, to jauntily tap dancing – is a delight to watch.

Of course, Boris & Sergey are not satisfied with a sedate show. They turn up the heat, ramp up the energy and run hell-for-leather in a flat out hour of dirty jokes, dark humour and of course, popular culture homages. Boris’ cheeky parody of Kate Bush will have you in stitches, Sergey’s avant garde expressionism is a clever parody of an art form the company are rather passionate about, and the team throw absolutely no punches when showing the downfall of the beloved puppet stripped bare.

You’ll be on the edge of your seat watching these wonderfully talented puppeteers navigate the unrealistic, yet high octane world of car, motorcycle and plane chases, you’ll beg for more as the two face off in the darkest and funniest fight scene ever – think Mr Squiggle meets Tarantino! And, of course, there is the dark and sinister finale that brings it all crashing down around you. From the crazed mind of the man who made Warhorse naughty, Henry Maynard, comes the adventure of a lifetime complete with feuding brothers, debauchery, and hilarity.

WHEN: 15 – 25 February 2018 | 7:45pm

WHERE: The Shambles | Fringe Central | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $25 – $27 | Duration 60 mins | Suitable 15+ | CABARET



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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | How To Period Like A Unicorn | 4 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Lucy Peach is here to preach the power of your period! The beautiful husband and wife team, Lucy Peach and Richard Farley (live graphic artist) gently educate you about the menstrual cycle through song, story, art and the occasional graph – oh and chocolate – lots of chocolate!

How To Period Like A Unicorn is a friendlier sex education class – designed to be a safe space for women of all ages to learn about their wonderful bodies and how to tap into the power of their cycle. Starting, as all of these tales do, with Peach’s own ‘first period’ story rendered beautifully in the style of an indie song as Farley adds graphics behind her, one instantly takes a shine to the lovely Peach. Farley sits onstage and adds little clouds, bubbles, and generally whimsical artwork in response to Peach’s words which are projected up behind her. They are perfectly in sync and clearly, in love. It’s sweet to see Farley’s love for his wife so openly on his face as he watches her.

And who wouldn’t be in love with Lucy Peach?! She is so kind and encouraging as she tells the audience about each phase of the mentsrual cycle – yes, it’s more than just ON/OFF – and tells you in one succinct show what the teachers at school neglect. Sure they tell you the science, but Peach breaks it down further and helps you tap into the potential of each phase. Using real life heroes from the audience, Peach gently celebrates women in all phases of their period – older and younger alike.

The music is soft and beautiful, the art is whimsical and fun, Peach herself is encouraging and so loving – it really is a big love-fest! I was impressed with the amount of young women I saw, and I strongly encourage more young women to grace the audience because this is honestly the best lesson you’ll ever get on your period – because it’s not a lesson – it’s a celebration. If only Peach had been there when I was a teenager!

WHEN: 22 – 25 February 2018 | 5:45pm

WHERE: De Parel Speigeltent | The Pleasure Garden | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $16 – $20 | Duration 60 mins | Suitable all ages | Teenagers encouraged! | WA Artists | THEATRE




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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Rude Awakening Sex Shame Liberation | 4 stars

Review | Laura Money

Join the effervescent Amber Topaz as she takes you on a journey through the origins of life, the wondrous nature of our sexual organs, and starts an open conversation about love, life, sex, and taboo. Rude Awakening Sex Shame Liberation is about tearing down those barriers and realising that it’s 2018 – we should be comfortable talking about sex!

Topaz is a brilliant performer – she struts onstage in 4 inch heels (I know they’re that length because Topaz informs us that the clitoris is the same size!) and entertains the bejeezus out of us. Ginger locks and pin-up makeup combine with sexy burlesque clothing and hazard tape to create the unique Amber Topaz. She tackles the science of conception, and sexual health and incorporates it all into a cabaret show like no other.

The songs are a real treat to witness, from a period enlightening rendition of ‘Wuthering Heights’ to a song extolling the virtues of drinking, Topaz pulls out all the stops! She has a remarkable voice and is so quick – her lightning reflexes during the German version of ‘I Touch Myself’ is a delight to witness. Topaz is a true talent in burlesque and her crowd interaction is smooth and easy. Despite the topic, she doesn’t encourage people to expose themselves or even talk openly about their sex lives but eases you gently into demystifying the big topic.

Topaz is an incredibly giving performer. She reaches into the ‘Womb Of Truth’ to answer your secret sex questions, giving advice that is consistently kind. She takes her cue from nature, encouraging the audience to ‘Shake it Off’ like a hunted gazelle and literally strips bare to show her human side. This show is all about love, acceptance, and being kind to each other. If you were expecting stripping and a raunchy night out, you would be wrong – this show is about exposure but only to love.

WHEN: 20 – 25 February 2018 | 10:45pm

WHERE: The Shambles | Fringe Central | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $25 – $29.50 | Duration 60 mins | Suitable 18+ | COMEDY



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Anna Thomson is the mastermind behind MADAME NIGHTSHADE’S POISON GARDEN – a postmodern wonder that is here in Perth for FRINGEWORLD 2018. She answered our ‘Five With Fringe’ series ahead of the show.

Describe your show in 3 words:

Madness. Mayhem. Mess! That or… Putridly Sweet Satire.

What is your show all about?

Madame Nightshade’s Poison Garden is the garden party from hell, where vegetables are transformed into semi-automatic weapons, Snow White becomes a spring onion wielding Samurai, and Mars Bars represent the ‘shit’ of the world. Queer performance art meets contemporary clown in this absurd, dark physical comedy that digs deep in our own backyard. A humorous, hell-bent, messy ride!

Favourite place for a post-show drink?

I don’t know Perth super well but I’ve heard that The Blue Room Theatre’s bar is a pretty lively spot!

How would you describe your FW experience?

I did Fringe World last year with my comedy troupe PO PO MO CO we had lots of fun – I’d describe it as jam-packed, buzzing and tonnes of fun!

Apart from your show, what other shows would you recommend?

Oh I’m definitely going to check out Kaitlyn Roger’s Can I get an Amen?!, also Almost Lesbians by West Australians Anna Piper Smith and Sophie Joske. And Deanna Flehser’s Butt Kapinksi is back at the Blue Room after a rockin’ season last year and is a sure thing!

You can get your tickets for MADAME NIGHTSHADE’S POISON GARDEN here:

Check out our 4 STAR review here:


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FIVE WITH FRINGE | James Chesters

James Chesters is part of the wonderful Indie Choir MENAGERIE. They have a new show this FRINGEWORLD 2018 all about secrets! James was kind enough to answer our ‘Five With Fringe’ series ahead of the show.

Describe your show in 3 words:

Secrets, songs [and] music

What is your show all about?

Menagerie Choir Presents Keeping Secrets is about that universal, yet uniquely personal experience of knowing something you think you can never tell. Everyone has secrets, whether they are funny, or embarrassing, or sad, or painful, and what we’re saying is you don’t have to keep them to yourself. We’re exploring real secrets, as shared by the choir and the public, and in true Menagerie style pairing them with quirky, foot-tapping arrangements of indie pop songs.

Favourite place for a post-show drink?

The Bird has long been a Menagerie favourite — we can often be found there after rehearsals, as well as for their various nights. During Fringe time we also enjoy the various bars that pop up for the festival, including the Pleasure Garden, Urban Orchard and obviously the Budgie Smuggler.

How would you describe your FW experience?

Menagerie’s FRINGEWORLD experience is completely unique. You’ll be hard pressed to find another show that takes you through a full range of emotions, has big singalong numbers, and leaves you with a smile on your face. Especially not one that also features 80+ performers on stage at the same time.

Apart from your show, what other shows would you recommend?

There’s so many! We are particularly excited for Gavin Nicklette: That’s What She Said, as well as Songwriting With Good Lighting, and A Capella, and Acapocalypse, and

Manbuilding With Men Of The West. And about a hundred others I’ve neglected to mention…

You can get your tickets to MENAGERIE CHOIR PRESENTS: KEEPING SECRETS here:

See what we had to say about the show here:


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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Songwriting With Good Lighting | 3.5 Stars

Review | Jordan Baynes

Saskia Fleming and Georgina Cramond invite their audience into the cosy space of Paper Mountain to enjoy an intimate session where we get to know how they became best friends and discover, through their songs and storytelling, some of the good and bad times they’ve had or shared. Throughout the show, Fleming and Cramond  interact with their audience completely breaking the fourth wall and making the experience that much more intimate and genuine. The lighting of course is suitable, though personally I feel the fairy lights along the top of the couch do distract sometimes when they strobe!

The show definitely exemplifies the main idea of Fringe being a chance for artists to perform and share. Songwriting With Good Lighting feels a lot like a school presentation which comes from the very informal way the two interact with each other and the audience. The flow of the show moving from one point to the next is akin to a Powerpoint presentation. This informal style doesn’t mesh with me but the audience reaction was positive leading to my next point. My experience felt like I was the odd one out in an audience that seemed full of people who personally knew Fleming and/or Cramond and not every joke landed when it seemed like it would’ve if I was acquainted with the performers. However the songs were very enjoyable especially when they had emotional backing to them and both Fleming and Cramond’s chemistry was great.

Songwriting With Good Lighting is enjoyable to watch and you will feel relaxed as they take you through their lives with good and bad times that at least some will resonate with you. Go and see it for yourself and you’re guaranteed to have a slightly different experience to me.

WHEN: 22 – 25 February 2018 | 8:30pm

WHERE: Paper Mountain Common Room | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $20 | Duration 70mins | Suitable ages 15+ | WA Artists | MUSIC



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FIVE WITH FRINGE | The Ghosts of Fremantle team

THE GHOSTS OF FREMANTLE is a multimedia show featuring original horror music and soundscapes. All performed live alongside compelling imagery of Fremantle’s architecture and it’s ghosts. The team answered our ‘Five With Fringe’ series ahead of their FRINGEWORLD 2018 show.

Describe your show in 3 words:

Gothic history reactivated.

What is your show all about?

The show is a reimagining of the dark past of Fremantle, hosted by the ghost of WA’s most infamous convict ‘Moondyne Joe’. Old Moondyne leads the audience through a rocking’ musical expose of Fremantle’s supernatural landscape. Supported by a haunting original film and eerie soundscapes Moondyne shares the highlights and lowlights of his life as an ‘escapologist’ and his afterlife as a wandering spectre. Gothic imagery of Fremantle melds with an original score and piercing sound effects to bring the atmospheric prison theatre to life once more.

 Favourite place for a post-show drink?

The Local Hotel Fremantle (282 South Terrace)

How would you describe your FW experience? 

Enthusiastic supporters, first time performers.

Apart from your show, what other shows would you recommend?

Swinging Safari movie Feb 22nd at Rooftop Movies

You can get your tickets for THE GHOSTS OF FREMANTLE here:


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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Liam Ryan – In Your Dreams | 4.5 Stars

Review | Kieran Eaton

Liam Ryan is a typical comedian in that he is neurotic and what greater way to explore his neurosis than in a show about dreams! This manic act creates an absurd journey into the subconscious in a way that highlights his comedic strengths – crowd improvisation and telling funny stories. Ryan is wacky personified, so we go on a rollercoaster journey into his out-there mind!

Ryan is a Melbourne comic, originally from Perth so you can see an entertainer comfortable in his surrounds. Initially, he gives off a weird vibe that things are not totally in control but further into the show you realise this is all part of his character. Half his laughter appears created in moment, dealing with the crowd as a seasoned pro should. Ryan’s style is conversational – creating a feel that you are listening to a friend talk in tangents. Still, there is method to his madness as Ryan does know how to structure an interesting story.

Looking at Ryan with his wild, curly hair you can see a man who embraces his naturalness and that is what dream interpretation is all about – in seeing the inner you. Dreams are fascinating if you think about them, however some folk find them not so this is a risky theme concept that luckily Ryan has strength with his interesting tales that are cleverly linked to common dreams. Created is a contrast of the relatable with the unrelatable that is like real life dreams. Ryan even includes a sleep like sound to get you thinking that this all just a dream.

Liam Ryan – In Your Dreams is an artistic performance and a good show to open your mind, so see if you want to explore this.


WHEN: 20 – 25 February 2018 | 9:30pm

WHERE: Belgian Beer Café | Palace Society | Perth CBD

INFO: Tickets $18 -$25 | Duration 55 mins | Family friendly | COMEDY


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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Glenn Grimwood: Unf*ckable | 3.5 Stars

Review | Kieran Eaton

Glenn Grimwood has the most apt surname to describe his show (get the pun?)  Unf*ckable is about a cult anti-hero of comedy with stories of true self depreciation.  A true battler – this style can work, aka Dave Hughes before he became famous. Don’t worry about this being an imitation, as Grimwood has his own unique sense of humour that will only get better with experience.

Grimwood is a local act and doing his first solo show – with slight signs that he is not sure how this will all go. A very humble act, he achieves laughter from the start with a visual gag about him wearing a hat. This sets the tone for the night, with the shorter jokes gaining more laughs than his little stories. Grimwood is more comfortable doing shorter bits – sometimes an issue of a comedy club scene where longer bits are less encouraged, so you do not get as much practice to be fine-tuned.

Seeing this bearded fellow come on to some heavy rock tune, from the onset you know that he likes things a bit rough – yet he jokes he still is a big crier. This self-aware dichotomy that he has put himself into is what makes him super endearing. People are often bigger than the labels given and Grimwood embraces this sensitive side that you’d see more in a poet, not an ex tradie. His tales fuse the everyman Aussie ocker, with beautiful maligned pathos. This comedian just needs to not let lack of reaction stop him being who he is.

I strongly encourage people who prefer comedy to be not too up beat to see Glenn Grimwood: Unfuckable, this FRINGEWORLD 2018.


WHEN: 20 – 25 February 2018 | 7:30pm

WHERE: Supper Room | Town Hall | Perth CBD

INFO: Tickets $10 -$15 | Duration 50 mins | Recommended 18+ | WA Artist | COMEDY


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Megan Hunter is Mavis in her upcoming FRINGEWORLD 2018 show MAVIS (AND OTHER BROKEN OBJECTS) on at His Majesty’s Theatre. She answered our ‘Five With Fringe’ series ahead of the show.

Describe your show in 3 words:

Glitter. Trash. Wild.

What is your show all about?

It’s all about loving yourself, even when you shouldn’t. A bit of a self-love journey told through this one very outrageous character.

Favourite place for a post-show drink?

The Globe

How would you describe your FW experience?

It’s been a rollercoaster! The quality of performances I’ve seen has been incredible this year, it’s a testament to how valuable this festival really is.

Apart from your show, what other shows would you recommend?

ELF LYONS: SWAN. A truly beautiful experience. (She’s on until Sunday so there’s still time to catch her!)




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FIVE WITH FRINGE | Clara Cupcakes

Clara Cupcakes is the hilarious cabaret comedian behind the new FRINGEWORLD 2018 show, THE WORST. In it, she has made what is probably the worst video game ever – so go and see just how bad it can be! She answered our ‘Five With Fringe’ series ahead of the show.

Describe your show in 3 words:

8Bit Octopus Adventure.

What is your show all about?

It’s the tail of a heartbroken Octopus trapped in a video game of her own making. It has sword fights, electric eel bodyguards and a heap a tragedy-tinged fun.

Favourite place for a post-show drink?

Anywhere my friends are that has cheap drinks!

How would you describe your FW experience?

I adore everything about Fringe World. It’s the reason I’m performing and I wouldn’t be where I am without it. It’s friendship, it’s fun, it’s art, IT’S THE BEST!

Apart from your show, what other shows would you recommend?

SO MANY. Gillian Cosgriff is a favourite of mine always and she’s doing a best of so you know it’s going to be good. I have head nothing but good things about WE ARE IAN so you know I’ll be seeing that. Elf Lyons in Swan is side-splittingly good and Beau & Aero look AMAZING.

You can get your tickets to THE WORST here:

Check out our 5 STAR review here:


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Elliot Bibby is the charming Scottish magician bringing his unique brand of comedy and magic to Perth this FRINGEWORLD 2018. He answered our ‘Five With Fringe’ series ahead of his show, ELLIOT BIBBY SCOTTISH MAGICIAN PRESENTS: MCMAGIC MOMENTS.

Describe your show in 3 words:

Scottish, Magic, Fun

What is your show all about?

It’s a fast paced comedy magic show – with a Scottish twist.

Favourite place for a post-show drink?

This is my first time performing at FRINGE WORLD – but somewhere that sells whisky!

How would you describe your FW experience?

I’m really looking forward to it.

Apart from your show, what other shows would you recommend?

Stunt Magician – Danger Dave Reubens

Chris Henry: Around The World in 80 Dates

Kevin Quantum: And For My Next Trick

You can catch some of those McMagic Moments here:

Read our 4 STAR review here:



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Review | Kieran Eaton

Angela Scaturro, Caitlin McFeat, and Clare Thomson love their vaginas –  and this is important in this ‘negative body image’ world. To preach this, the MILK BOX Theatre Company creates a production of personal accounts relating to this wonderful body part. This intense set of monologues spoken by three millennial aspiring actors brings honesty centre stage!

SUPER-FANNY-TASTIC deals with a mix of subject areas – the science of the vagina, childhood to adolescent experiences, and finally some sexual experiences. This is an impressive range to cover and the sincerity is clear. However, the acting does not have the same range – creating a lecture-like feel to the night. Occasional humour is spattered throughout to ease the tension of the serious subject matter but some matters are kept serious to send the message that sexual assault is not on. There is minimalist styling to keep the audience focused on every word that is being said – leaving a mixed reaction to people connecting with them. The three performers display varied outcomes of being a young a woman in these current times – and it is a complex issue that is hard to portray without coming across as glib.

When you first see Scaturro, McFeat and Thomson standing together you feel a sense of friendship and solidarity. This is vital when you think of current movements like #metoo breaking the isolation caused by fears mainstream judgement. This subject is a strong part of the current zeitgeist and so there will always be cynics that could believe they are just jumping on the bandwagon, but this is not the case as these three thespians are part of the generation that are more open about speaking out about things personal to them.

Check SUPER-FANNY-TASTIC to see a solid show from the heart.


WHEN: 20 – 25 February 2018 | 10:00pm

WHERE: Black Flamingo | Pleasure Garden | Northbridge

INFO:  Tickets $22 – $25 |Duration 50 mins | Recommended 15+ | WA Artists | THEATRE


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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Madame Nightshade’s Poison Garden | 4 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Enter Madame Nightshade’s Poison Garden but do not be afraid! Anna Thomson takes you on a journey of eco-feminism, cultural relationships, nature vs nurture, queer politics, and physical comedy all through her masterful, absurdist clowning. The garden is already there when the audience files in – there’s a charming Victorian style outdoor table setting, a cornucopia of fresh produce, and a strangely plastic looking vine covering rubbish bags.

Then the rubbish pile begins to move.

Thomson emerges as the affable guide to the garden. Dressed in a Biggles-style pilot’s hat and dusty jacket, she emerges carrying her trusty spoon in her top pocket, and starts scavenging around the bin. This character is unique and wonderful, with her shrill and comical giggle and her knowing tone, she tells the story of the secret poison garden with reverence and knowing. She guides you through the story like a latter day Tony Robinson from Fat Tulip’s Garden, slowly and carefully articulating every element.

There are so many references to fairy-tales and children’s stories here – cautionary tales like Little Red Riding Hood, princess tales like Snow White, tales of homecoming like Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – yet Thomson takes back autonomy on behalf of the damsels. She obliterates the stupidity of turning to woodland creatures for comfort – let’s be honest, all those birds hovering around, that’s some Hitchcock shit right there.

As Madame Nightshade herself, Thomson presents a series of clowning vignettes, all silent and all slightly dangerous. From simulating Snow White’s foray into Samurai fighting, to literally weaponising her garden to defend it to the hilt, Thomson does all of this with a sweet, ironic little smile. There’s audience participation, but don’t worry, it’s gentle (ish) and plenty of food for thought. The poison garden itself is a surreal microcosm of femininity – it’s a literal breadbasket, but it is owned by Madame Nightshade and only Madame Nightshade is allowed control. In culture, women are often aligned with nature – Thomson is just solidifying that alliance.

Moving away from the Nightshade character, Thomson’s lovable scamp returns to teach us about the power of secrets, stories, and sustainability. She blurs reality with revulsion, forcing the audience to contemplate the connection between what goes in and what comes out of our bodies. This show is unashamedly messy! It’s brazenly confronting. It’s intelligently inviting. In short, Madame Nightshade’s Poison Garden has a lot to say and a very effective way of saying it.

WHEN: 20 – 24 February 2018 | 9:00pm

WHERE: The Blue Room Theatre | Fringe Central | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $21 – $26 | Duration 60 mins | Suitable 15+ | Contains gun violence | Contains food | THEATRE






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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Jessie Gordon is Ruining Your Night | 6 stars!

Review | Brandon Taylor

With eight Fringe World awards and a number of international tours under her belt, veteran Perth-born jazz singer Jessie Gordon comes to Fringe World 2018 as an all-star. As such, Jessie Gordon is Ruining Your Night is her well-earned chance to reminisce about the ups, downs and songs that have paved her way to present day. Part jazz set and part narrative, the performance mixes Gordon’s silky vocals with her uncanny knack for storytelling in a delicious sundae of swing.

A collection of four hand-picked jazz musos plus Gordon make a comfortable band of five on The Ellington’s lofty stage. An impeccably classy Michael Perkins on drums, ravishing Mark Turner on Saxophone, incandescent Jon Mathews on guitar and enrapturing Karl Florisson on bass plus Gordon make up what has to be one of the very best Perth-based jazz bands on record. Gordon calls this combo her ‘dream team’ of musician/friends, but that’s an understatement – they are absolutely incredible.

Jessie Gordon’s anecdotes are both moving and hilarious, and the music is truly something else. Talent and taste are all well and good, but Gordon and her band transcend beyond technique into the ecstatic place where notes are relished rather than played, melodies lived rather than sounded, and fellowship felt as well as heard.

If you even so much as suspect you might like jazz, your age, art preferences and other obligations are irrelevant – just go see Jessie and her dream team.

WHEN: 21 – 25 February 2018 | 7:15pm

WHERE: The Ellington Jazz Club | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $22 – $26 | Duration 55 mins | Suitable 18+ | WA Artist | MUSIC



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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Miss Westralia | 4 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Tracing the real journey of Miss Beryl Mills, the very first Miss Australia as she travels from Geraldton to New South Wales to the USA, this delightful musical is guaranteed to get your toes tapping!

Miss Westralia charts the real-life success of Beryl (Madeline Clouston) as she sings about her hopes, dreams, confusions and contradictions. With Mr Packer (of newspaper fame) at the piano, and later taking centre-stage, Clouston sings with honesty and vulnerability which endears you to the plucky young girl from Gerro. Noemie Huttner-Koros and Amelia Burke complete the trio and take on multiple roles, most notably Beryl’s mother, Kitty and the reigning Miss USA.

It’s a musical like no other. Gentle, yet fun, the music style is reminiscent of the 1920s but not nostalgic. The humour is subtle and close to the bone – Beryl is extolled for virtues she finds arbitrary in the Miss Australia pageant, she is called a ‘tall poppy’ by her peers but decidedly embraces the moniker, using it to further galvanise herself for the trip. Burke is smashing as the irrepressible Kitty Mills – gripped with power and hedonism in the USA, her facial expressions and sheer unbridled joy at ‘letting go’ is infectious. Huttner-Koros has perfected the American’s frozen smile and jealous attitude but it is the ‘tall poppy’ herself, Clouston who, as the titular character brings a subtle hubris to the show.

Miss Westralia is a powerful show. Clouston’s charming voice may crack a bit every now and then, but this just adds to the down-to-earth vibe of Miss Mills herself. The set is simple, actors weaving in and out of stacked suitcases, the music is sublime – if a little gentle – there are no big showstoppers here, but everything is technically brilliant and impeccably executed. This show highlights the strength of women, the west, and way-down-under, so go and see a little gem of Australia’s history and hear from one our best and brightest – in her own words.

WHEN: 20 – 24 February 2018 | 7:30pm

WHERE: The King’s Lair | His Majesty’s Theatre | Perth

INFO: Tickets $34 – $39 | Duration 50 mins | Suitable PG | WA Artists | THEATRE/MUSICAL



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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | SNACKS – A Musical Tasting Plate | 3.5 Stars

Review | Link Harris

SNACKS – A Musical Tasting Plate consists of the fantastic pianist – who also acts as MC, and the actors/singers who together create three short musicals.

First up, is a scarecrow who longs to move about and be with the farmer’s daughter whose farm he is situated on. In enters Anzu – the magic wielding crow – who turns everything upside down as he grants the scarecrow life. The shoe drops as he finally meets and speaks to the farmer’s daughter and then all hell breaks loose after a fight with Anzu’s magical staff turning the tides or tables on each of their lives.

Secondis a very odd crossing or amalgamation between Peter Pan, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Jack the Ripper, situated in London. Wendy who just wanted to see the world and is constantly looking to the second star to the right – Venus, flies by thinking unpleasant thoughts and the Whitechapel serial murders of female prostitutes.

Lastly we have the story of a mid-western farm girl from Ohio who is sent to stay with her incredibly rude cousin in Long Island, New York. Her cousin – who can best be described as a dilettante, treats her poorly, making mention of her rural upbringing and poking fun at her supposed inability to read – she can read perfectly fine – as well as her overly pompous friend who’s name is too long to write and how she teaches them a lesson.

All of these short musicals are well done, the vocals are superb and the piano backing is exceptional, the only downfall is the non-singing parts which, if bolstered would have resulted in a higher star rating.

Definitely worth a look if you like musicals, so head on down and see the show to hear the superb vocals and pianist.
WHEN: 22 – 24 February 2018 | 6:30pm and 8:30pm

WHERE: Subiaco Arts Centre | Subiaco

INFO: Tickets $19 – $22 | Duration 60 mins | Suitable PG |WA Artists | THEATRE/MUSICAL THEATRE


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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche | 2 Stars

Review | Link Harris

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche is – in its core – as the tag line suggests “1956 America. The ladies of the Susan B Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their annual quiche breakfast, when Russia drop a nuke.“ which basically sums up the entire show in one sentence with the exception of them coming out of the closet during the crisis.

Going into the show with absolutely no idea what to expect other than quite literally watching 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, every audience member was given a female name tag – regardless of their gender. As we were seated, cast members were going around speaking to various people in character and I noticed one poor gentleman in the front row getting the cold shoulder straight off the bat, it became clear throughout the show this gentleman  – now named Marjorie – was continually picked on and berated for the duration of the show as apart of the act for various fictional sleights ‘Marjorie’ had done.

There were a few funny one liners such as “God gave me eggs and I knew I needed to hatch one” and cheesy quotes such as “if you build it, they will come” from Field of Dreams, some sexual innuendo regarding meat and female genitalia – mostly when the lesbianism got into full swing – but overall the performance was fairly flat, flaccid and lacklustre.

The exceptions to the above ribbing were when one of the cast members blew up and covered the impenetrable door with fake blood, one is found to been pregnant and her excuse is that she “fell onto a turkey baster” to which another cast member exclaimed “I fall onto turkey basters all the time, but they weren’t filled with semen!” and the fact that she knows that the baby is a boy because she has been craving meat.

If you like the 50s housewife attire/hair, if you like lesbians or if you like quiche then give this show a peek and even if you don’t, go and warm a seat and support the artists.


WHEN: 21 – 24 February 2018 | 7:00pm & 10:00pm

WHERE: Henry Summer | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $23 – $26.50 | Duration 75 mins | Suitable 18+ | WA Artists | THEATRE



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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | The Dot | 4 Stars

Review | Brandon Taylor

The Dot is a collection of stage pieces by Perth based youth theatre group Modicum. Six shorts, originally published as video by YouTuber Mikasacus, explore the nagging questions that modern society seems determined to smother. Am I a good person? Why can’t I connect with the people I’m surrounded with? Why do I stick to the same routine every day? And what happens if I break the rules?

The audience is invited into the minds of several ‘normal’ characters as they calmly go about their daily routines. Their disjointed thoughts are relayed to us by a narrator, exposing tangled circuitry behind the expressionless faces worn on the bus, the street corner, the coffee shop queue. These droll realities are paralleled by internal monologues that go to hell in a handbasket. The contradiction is unsettling – especially when the parallel lines intersect.

Stage production leverages the close space between actors and audience in this Fringe venue. The Shambles, as it’s called, sits most of the audience in folding chairs on a level with the stage. There is no barrier between the chairs and performers. Actors in plain clothes, workaday settings, spare use of props and lines delivered directly to the audience all serve to further blur the boundary between viewers and performance; theatre and daily life. Shy theatregoers can take refuge in the wooden bleachers towards the back, but most needn’t worry – although the actors often face the audience, they don’t directly interact.

The Dot is a well-acted and intriguing production that can easily be recommended to all audiences. The only disclaimer to make is this is not a typical flashy or raunchy Fringe show. This is experimental theatre, meant to entertain with ideas as much as it does with theatrics. Come ready to listen, leave ready to ponder.

WHEN: 20 – 25 February 2018 | 9:15pm

WHERE: The Shambles | Fringe Central | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $20 | Duration 45 mins | Suitable all ages | WA Artists | THEATRE


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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Sudden Skies | 4.5 Stars

Review | Jordan Baynes

Walking into the Blue Room Theatre, audiences find the stage transformed, through terrific lighting design, into a Mars-like wasteland. The only landmarks being three archways scattered about with indecipherable markings across their top. The audience is made aware they are stepping into a world unlike our own. Two unnamed characters, a woman (Ann-Marie Biagioni) and a man (Haydon Wilson) appear amidst a storm and engage in a short silent choreographed encounter that foreshadows future events. Soon the storm ends and we return to the present as the woman stands alone, desperate to make it through one of the gates to escape an approaching calamity.

Sudden Skies promises intensity and it delivers. While two people debate, almost like aliens, the audience never forgets that there is no time to waste and these characters are in danger. The choreography is engaging and carefully designed to reveal information crucial to understanding the characters. Biagioni’s hard and angular physicality revealing her desperation but also her honest personality, are in contrast to Wilson’s movements which are soft and project a sinister air. All these physical theatre elements are engaging and satisfying to watch, a real highlight of the show. While it is interesting to watch these two characters in their battle of wits, it’s difficult to understand sometimes especially during certain moments where they speak over each other and with the otherworldly concepts mainly regarding the gates. I have my own theory on the story but this is a play that allows itself to be open to interpretation and it doesn’t lessen the enjoyment.

Sudden Skies begins with intensity and doesn’t let up until the end making for an engaging and thought-provoking play which is pleasing because you’ll need to make sure you’re paying attention to every movement and every word to understand the characters’ plight.

WHEN: 20 – 24 February 2018 | 6pm

WHERE: The Blue Room Theatre | Perth Cultural Centre | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $26 | Duration 60 mins | Suitable all ages | Strobe lighting effects | WA Artists | THEATRE


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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Amy Abler: Pianodivalicious! | 5 Stars

Review | Link Harris

“Hello, my name is Amy and I’m a recovering concert pianist.” This statement is delivered very near the beginning of “Pianodivalicious”, Amy Abler’s line calling out to a particular style of group meeting neatly encapsulates the gist of her show: a story about the notable milestones of her musical career to date.

From her formative learning years inquiring after a composer named Clara, through days and nights as a professional musician in Chicago, we arrive at her present festival pursuits via cruise ships and the surprising (for her) circumstances that led to her extended stint as a musical theatre director. As in her life, where it has served as companion, partner, and at times possibly therapist, the piano remains with us throughout this journey. The warm, wryly-delivered anecdotes interspersed with musical bursts thematically intertwined with Abler’s narratives, be it through long-standing classical pieces or medleys of songs conceptually bound together, such as featuring the moon or connected to the city of Memphis.

 Here, Adler’s recounted training and practice really shines through, her technical proficiency allowing the works of the rock stars of their era – Chopin, Mozart, Brahms and Beethoven – to rub shoulders with Abba, the Beatles and Elvis (to name but a few), with the latter delivered in an impressive, up-tempo ornamented style that nevertheless leaves them recognisable, along with other slyly-inserted gems for alert listeners to pick up. This is the kind of show that, in addition to fans of both classic rock and the classics, will tend to attract students of the piano, be they beginners, current or lapsed; it would be easy for such a virtuoso display to be discouraging for some in its simultaneous breadth and polish. However, Abler makes it clear as the show goes on that such intimidation is the last thing she wants.

Before we depart, she makes her wish clear: that we go forth and pursue, and never mind how good anyone else things we might be. Long may she share the progress of her recovery with us.

WHEN: 20 – 25 February 2018 | 7:00pm

WHERE: Main Hall | Perth Town Hall | Perth CBD

INFO: Tickets $30 | Duration 60 mins | Suitable all ages | CABARET/MUSIC


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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Super Tough Improv Live | 1 Star

Review | Amanda Lancaster

Super Tough Improv Live as you can guess – is a bunch of comedians doing Improvisational comedy – a bunch of games, sketches and scenes all made up on the spot. Presented by Infinite Jest Comedy the show sees Manfred Yon, Rory Machell, Sonny Yang and two guests doing completely random and absurdist  comedy by the very seat of their pants.

Realistically, it’s not that you can’t say anything about this show’s performance moments, it’s just that with a constantly revolving  line up of guests and assorted spontaneous madness from all angles this show will be deserving of a different review each and every night. Let’s face it, it can’t be even remotely easy to make up everything on the spot, night after night – from audience suggestions no less – but even still the reception for the night I attended, was lacklustre at best and most of the hilarity was found in the listening to the one audience member who laughed at everything regardless of whether it was funny or not.

Speaking for the individuals and their improvisational abilities, it’s not a pressure too many people would thrive under, however arguably the best was Yon as he added his own brand of comedy to this severely lacking show, doing exceptionally well albeit at times unable to help but cracking up on stage when he found something funny. Machell, Nic Maro, and Yang added some small quips and giggles here and there but unfortunately nothing spectacular, this whole performance fell flatter than a pancake.

If you like stupid humour and terrible acting like those ‘B’ grade movies such as Sharknado, this show will surely be a guilty pleasure and even if last night didn’t grab me by the funny bone doesn’t mean one of the other nights wont have you in stitches.


WHEN:  20 – 22 February 2018 | 7:00pm

WHERE: Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den | The Brisbane Hotel | Highgate

INFO: Tickets $17.50 | Duration 50 mins | Suitable 18+ | COMEDY/PERFORMANCE


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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Herstory – Leading Ladies | 5 Stars

Review | Link Harris

Herstory – Leading Ladies stars none other than Imogen Kelly, the Queen of burlesque, in this satirical look into leading ladies who were persecuted or looked down upon – well not any more!

Supported by her two faithful sidekicks who served drinks, got her drugs – fake ones – helped her with costume changes, wiped her down, lathered her up and danced spectacularly in their own right. Aside from the satire and fantastic costumes of all of these leading ladies, Kelly shows off her skills in aerial silk and other aerial abilities including playing with water and cake.

Our leading ladies were Queen Elizabeth in all of her supposed drug using glory to rectify her menstruation, Catherine the Great with her horse – yeah we really don’t need to say more about that one, Marie Antoinette who can be best described as break dancing on a cake, Margaret Thatcher who tried to be sexy in all her tea cup and tea bagging glory, Joan of Arc who’s mirror ball impersonation was spectacular, Julia Gillard who ended up clad in a “F#ck Tony Abbot” t-shirt and Diana, Princess of Wales who climbed Big Ben – King Kong style – holding the Queen and throwing her, chasing down Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and throwing up on her and Prince Charles was squashed like an ant under her boot.

This show is definitely a must see but obviously leave your kids at home and come enjoy this hilarious satirical look at famous Leading Ladies and even if you don’t want to see someone going The Full Monty come along anyway and support this amazing show.


WHEN:  19 – 24  February 2018 | 9:45pm

WHERE: The Edith Spiegeltent | The Ice Cream Factory | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $30 to $35 | Duration 60 mins | Suitable 18+ | CABARET/BURLESQUE


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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | 30 Minute Macbeth | 5 stars

Review | Laura Money

Energetic Shakespeare-lover, Patrick Hercamp is back treading the boards in one of the Bard’s classics – 30 Minute Macbeth. Off the back of his successful show, Half Hour Hamlet, Hercamp takes a longwinded and epic play – this time Macbeth and condenses it into a half hour. But don’t worry, all the blood, betrayal, death, deception, and ghosts are still there – in fact, they take centre stage!

Hercamp’s brand is strong – his format places the audience in the position of the Globe Theatre’s ‘Groundlings’ – you know the peasants that couldn’t afford a seat so got to stand in the Elizabethan mosh pit and shout and throw stuff at the actors? Well, you don’t get to throw any rotting vegetables, but Hercamp encourages the crowd to call out whenever certain words are mentioned – things like ‘ooh, death’ and ‘eee eee eee’ whenever the three witches are present. This audience participation, combined with Hercamp’s repetition of phrases (his description of Lady Macbeth as ‘beautiful but a bit woohoo in the head’) is what cements the story in one’s mind.

It is clear that there is absolute knowledge of the text, the era, the style, the acting techniques, and the whole culture of Shakespeare and this shines through in Hercamp’s flawless performance. Sure, he may have changed the vernacular a little – articulating the story in a twenty-first century language and using key celebrity icons – ok, the Kardashians – to help us relate but therein lies the strength of what Hercamp does. He pulls the ladder out from the elitists in the ‘high art’ camp and brings them crashing down to play with the plebs.

30 Minute Macbeth sees Hercamp’s foot-to-the-floor delivery take you on a journey of gruesome murder, insanity, betrayal and decline. There is a moment of repose when Hercamp delivers the famous ‘sound and fury’ monologue with such reverence, the audience is gifted a glimpse at an accomplished actor. It’s easy to forget just how talented Hercamp is when he speeds through the script with precision and humour, but what you’ll see is a tour de force – Macbeth stripped bare, his decline perfectly rendered and his confusion and lack of hubris examined beautifully.

Whether you’re familiar with the story or not, an English Major or a major fan of drama, 30 Minute Macbeth is one of the best shows of FRINGEWORLD 2018, so do yourself a favour and dip your toes into this tragedy – it’s only half an hour after all!

WHEN: 19 – 25 February 2018 | 6:30pm

WHERE: The Ramp | The Ice Cream Factory | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $15 – $18 | Duration 30 mins | Suitable all ages | THEATRE



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Josh Walker is puppeteer and devisor of the hilariously raunchy show PUPPEROTICA – MENAGE A TROIS for FRINGEWOLD 2018. He answered our ‘Five With Fringe’ series ahead of the show.

Describe your show in 3 words:

Porn with Puppets

What is your show all about?

Pupperotica is what happens when professional children’s performers finally do what they’ve always wanted to do with the puppets but there have always been kids about. Imagine Fifty Shades of Grey but read by Elmo.

Favourite place for a post-show drink?

The nearest bar to the venue, at fringe they’re all pretty good. And Profitjes.

How would you describe your FW experience?

Manic, fun but manic, if it isn’t you’re probably doing it wrong.

Apart from your show, what other shows would you recommend?

Sense and Spontaneity, Guilty Pleasures, Symphonies of Sensuality, By a Thread, Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche, FEAR, What doesn’t kill you blah blah stronger and if the 4 stuntmen of the apocalypse have a show, that.

You can get your tickets to the show here:

And read our 5 STAR review here:



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Lorna Mackie is the director of the feminist soon-to-be classic 5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE for FRINGEWORLD 2018. She answered our ‘Five With Fringe’ series ahead of the show.

Describe your show in 3 words:

Lesbians. Quiche. Apocalypse.

What is your show all about?

The show takes place in real life during a meeting of the Susan B Anthony Society for the Sisterhood of Gertrude Stein, a sisterhood of “widows” devoted to a mutual love of quiche. It Is 1956 in cold war America, and the audience is included in the show as members of the “sisterhood”. All seems to be going well, when Russia drops a bomb.

The sisters may be the last people left alive, with the last quiche on earth. It its in such dire circumstances that the truth will out. The show is highly improved, with lots of audience interaction. It is a beautiful, funny romp about sisterhood, being yourself and love.

Favourite place for a post-show drink?

Well, we are performing in Henry Summer, an awesome new venue in Perth. Our many reconnaissance and planning meetings have been greatly helped by their awesome cocktails!

How would you describe your FW experience?

Fringe is always fun, it is nurturing, creative and a great way to explore and experiment with theatre that the mainstream may not be quite ready for.

Apart from your show, what other shows would you recommend?

Well, we have another show, First Date the Musical, which is awesome (if we do say so ourselves!), showing at the WA Maritime Museum in late Jan. Other than that, I highly recommend Comma Sutra (we saw it last year, and couldn’t stop laughing), pretty much anything by Holland St Productions (always amazing, some of Perth’s best new writers!) and the Murder Mystery History Tour.

You can get your tickets to the hilarious 5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE here:


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April Vardy is the choreographer and devisor of new work SHALL WE GET COMFY? for FRINGEWORLD 2018. She answered our ‘Five With Fringe’ series ahead of the show.

Describe your show in 3 words:

Quirky, Groovy, Eclectic

What is your show all about?

Shall we get comfy? is an exploration of questioning what does it mean to be comfortable. How do we sit comfortably? Does the people surrounding us change our definition of comfortable? Must you be uncomfortable before you get comfy? How long does it take you to get comfortable with a person? What do we consider our comfort zones? Is our home a symbol of comfort?

Comfort is something everyone can relate to whether it’s a place, a song or a person there is always something that can bring us comfort in life when we need it. I hope to create and show the audience an attempt at answering all and more of these questions with the help of my dancers. So prepare to feel a bit uncomfortable at times but also to witness the amazingly talented dancers in my show.

Favourite place for a post-show drink?

The Bird always has a real good vibes.

How would you describe your FW experience?

I have always enjoyed the time of year when Fringe is on, Perth comes alive and thrives in celebrating everything cultural and the arts. I thought why not give myself the chance and challenge to get creative and choreography a dance work. I felt I was craving the need to be creative and needed something to satisfy that feeling. So being a part of Fringe would definitely fill the void. The process so far as been very rewarding, although it is a lot to choreograph and market your own show I am beyond excited to share what I have created with Perth. I have had endless support from family, friends and the whole team at Paper Mountain to persist with having my ideas come to life.

Apart from your show, what other shows would you recommend?

I would definitely recommend checking out the whole PEAKS program on at Paper Mountain, in particular The Honeymoon Suite by Bernadette Lewis. PEAKS will have a whole range of shows running throughout the entire Fringe Season. The MicroMove program, which is a part of Summer Nights at the Blue Room Theatre looks incredibly insane with such talented movers and makers.

You can pick up your tickets to SHALL WE GET COMFY? here:
See what we said about the show here:
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Sarah Lewis is part of Perth’s local theatre group Modicum Theatre. They are making their FRINGEWORLD debut with an innovative new show, THE DOT. Sarah answered our ‘Five With Fringe’ series ahead of the show.

Describe your show in 3 words:

Minimalist. Surrealist. Relatable.

What is your show all about?

The Dot is like ‘Love Actually’ if Love Actually was combined with horrifying performance art. The Dot is about individuality and the worth of that little voice in the back of your head.

Favourite place for a post-show drink?

The Artist Bar – ‘The Budgie Smuggler’ – for affordability and that Fringe atmosphere. The Moon for great food and a wholesome good time.

How would you describe your FW experience?

Modicum Theatre is very excited to taking part our first ever Fringe World festival. Fringe World is equal parts, exhausting, terrifying, exhilarating, and intoxicating. You leave it both poorer and richer than when you came.

Apart from your show, what other shows would you recommend?

Sense and Spontaneity, By A Thread, and something else that you wouldn’t usually consider – that’s what Fringe is for.

You can purchase your tickets for THE DOT here:


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FRINGEWORLD 2018 |Elliot Bibby Scottish Magician Presents: McMagic Moments| 4 Stars

Review | Kieran Eaton

Elliot Bibby Scottish Magician Presents: McMagic Moments is like going to McDonalds in that it is a convenient way to get a bit of pleasure. This is where there comparison ends – as this light-hearted magician, Elliot Bibby is a far healthier option (unless he gets you to have some whisky!) Bibby truly is a master of creating moments.

Bibby’s show is a mixture of mentalist work, card tricks and illusions that mess with our head!  He does not over rely on many smoke and mirror tactics, adding to the impressive feel to the night. So clever is his performance that what can be perceived as an error is just part of an even bigger trick! There is a slight tension with the audience and this is felt throughout the night. It is occasionally eased with witty humour, however his thing is definitely magic. Throughout the night there is a sense of awe that the audience cannot lose.  Bibby comes across as an entertainer that can handle a wide variety of audience – with one mentalist act shows how many interesting places he has been to, in this profession.

When you enter the venue and see a Scottish flag at the back of the stage you know his heritage is for real and this is proven when you hear his accent and he asks if you can understand what he is saying. This awareness makes him focus on making sure all understand what he is saying and this is vital in making sure his illusions actually work! Bibby gets a wide range of audience members to assist his performance, including a skeptic in myself! Blown away that everything worked, even Penn and Teller could have trouble figuring some of his stuff out.

For a night of true wonder, see Elliot Bibby Scottish Magician Presents: McMagic Moments where after you might need some whisky to settle yourself down!


WHEN: 18 – 25 February 2018 | 9:00pm

WHERE: Opticom | The Showman’s Fair | Fringe Central | Northbridge

INFO:  Tickets $20 | Recommended 15+ | Magic | COMEDY


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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Raul by the Pool |3.5 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Let’s be clear – Raul is a brilliant character. Created by British comedian, Andrew Silverwood, Raul is the lovable newest member of the Sol Hotel maintenance team. In charge of pool cleaning and Thursday afternoon party games. It’s a well-developed and incredibly natural character – his antics and hilarious accent (which never slips) are flawless.

Raul by the Pool tells the very real story of Raul finding his wife (Denise from reception) having an affair with the yoga instructor of the Sol Hotel. After an unfortunate incident involving a pool noodle, Raul retreats to the comfort of his pool. There he devises the children’s program including a children’s pub crawl and finger painting, fantasises about being the next Baywatch star, and gets high on pool chemicals. As I said, the character is strong and the jokes are hilarious, however a lack of cohesive plot or storyline lets the show down.

The show is still in its infancy, and the strong character and and hilarious jokes borne out of his location are wonderful – believe me, you haven’t lived until you’ve thrown a beach ball around your head for ‘party fun times!’ There are moments of potential – the island hunting experience would work better if there was a written ‘script’ for audience members to read out. I really feel that Raul by the Pool’s strongest point is him not understanding what is going on around him – perhaps adding a comprehensive ending for resolution purposes would elicit more sympathy with the already loveable character.

I honestly would recommend Raul by the Pool as you will get to see the live development of a show. Go and enjoy ‘party fun times’ with Raul – you’ll have a blast!

WHEN: 19 – 25 February 2018 | 7:40pm

WHERE: Ramp | The Ice Cream Factory | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $20 – $25 | Duration 60 mins | Suitable 15+ | COMEDY



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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Shall we get comfy? | 3.5 stars

Choreographer April Vardy addresses the age-old question – what does it mean to be comfortable? In a series of movement pieces, five young dancers position themselves in whimsical and playful vignettes of comfortability and happiness. There is a real sense of play and how our bodies can bring joy when moved in the right way.

Comfort is different to everybody – from the childlike comfort of upending couch cushions to create a fort, to placing them on the couch with pedantic precision – Vardy’s dancers all imprint their own version of comfort onto the small space. The couch is central to their sense of comfort – they all sit on it (one wonders how all five of them can fit) and proceed to shuffle and shift in almost mechanical movements – all trying to find that sweet spot between being comfortable and not impacting on the other person.

The dancers perform a myriad of greetings – how comfortable are we with each other, do we hug in greeting or shake hands? They each have a signature move that reflects their personality, because, after all, being comfortable is more than just finding a cushy spot to sit in – it’s social, political, physical. Shall we get comfy? certainly makes you think about what is means to be comfortable, it’s funny, charming, and clever. It is a little short and not as cohesive as it could have been, but it will absolutely make you smile and reassess how you sit in the world.

WHEN: 19 – 21 February 2018 | 6:00pm

WHERE: Paper Mountain | Northbridge | Perth

INFO: Tickets $15 – $20 | Duration 30 mins | Suitable all ages | WA Artists | DANCE/PHYSICAL THEATRE



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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Pupperotica Menage a Trois| 5 Stars

Review | Amanda Lancaster

Pupperotica Menage a Trois is like an amalgamation of Muppets, Sesame Street and Fifty Shades of Grey – sans the inaccurate and poor portrayal of BDSM – Josh Walker the master puppeteer and Keren Schlink the writer do a fantastic job of making this sexually charged show hilarious and fun no matter how vanilla or experienced with sex you may or may not be.

Starting off, you have the magical flying and seemingly gender swapping talking vagina as well as a penis that can point wherever you want it – especially when it’s on the opposite sex – and the show goes off like a frog in a sock from that point forward! The laughs are continually “coming” as well as the punchlines which “come” from every direction and even if you see them “coming” you can’t help but laugh along with the entire crowd.

The audience participation is hilarious as they play the game “sex toy or not a sex toy” as the contestants penetrate the carefully placed boxes and tell is whether the objects inside are a sex toy or not – seemingly some of them could be used as such even if it’s not their intended purpose – then there is the “name this position game” where the puppets act out a sexual position and the contestants have to buzz in with their orgasm noises to participate and much much more.

This show is definitely not for your kids, so unless you want to scar them for life I’d suggest leaving them at home. If you love sex or even if you’re 18+ and haven’t experienced it yet, come along and see this hilarious show because you will either laugh along with them or possibly learn something you can use for a later date!

WHEN: 18 – 25 February 2018 | 9:45pm

WHERE: The Deluxe | The Pleasure Garden | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $17 – $20 | Duration 50 mins | Suitable 18+ | WA Artists | COMEDY/PUPPETRY


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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Clara Cupcakes: The Worst | 5 Stars

Review | Amanda Lancaster

Clara Cupcakes: The Worst is part 8-bit video game, part crazy ex-girlfriend and a whole lot of hilarious craziness. Elly Squire is Clara Cupcakes the – obviously eight legged – OctoQueen and this show is about her quest for love… or getting back to it.

After being kicked out of the castle by the OctoKing, banished to SeaBurbia – to live in her one bedroom apartment – she is now looking to make her way back to him, in the style of the older 8-bit games on the NES, Master System and Atari 7800. She goes on a seemingly endless set of quests to do so all the while making jokes, referencing video games as well as dying and getting the players – audience members – to press on the “start button” stickers given out at the start of the show. Guided by the incredibly annoying Prawn – much like the owl in the Zelda series – she picks up random objects from the ground such as swords, sexy underwear and a restraining order to mention a few and the puns…they just keep on coming!

Audience participation plays a fairly big part of the show as she seeming goes absolutely crazy yelling and screaming at different patrons whilst getting them to help her with giving birth to her OctoBabies or asking them if they are indeed the OctoKing or dragging them onto dancing tiles whilst trying to “get with them” if you know what I mean.

If you’re from the Nintendo Generation, if you’ve ever had a crazy – burn your house down – ex-girlfriend or boyfriend, if you enjoy video games then definitely give this show a look and even if you’re none of the above get off your butt and go enjoy this crazy one woman/octopus show.

WHEN: 18 – 25 February 2018 | 8:00pm

WHERE: The Deluxe | The Pleasure Garden | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $22 | Duration 55 mins | Suitable 18+ | COMEDY/CABARET



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FIVE WITH FRINGE | Mararo Wangai & Bridget Le May

Mararo Wangai is the writer and Bridget Le May the director of new work, SUDDEN SKIES which is on as part of FRINGEWORLD 2018. They answered our ‘Five With Fringe’ series ahead of their show.


Describe your show in 3 words:

Gates for who?

What is your show all about?

A reminder that the earth has no allegiance to borders, flags or political affiliations, regardless of how many lines criss-cross.

Favourite place for a post-show drink?

The Blue Room, Pica Bar, The Bird, Budgie Smuggler

How would you describe your FW experience?

Beautifully chaotic.

Apart from your show, what other shows would you recommend?

Barber Shop Chronicles

Night Sweats

Find The Lady

19 Weeks

52 Hertz

Light in Her Eye

The Beast and The Bride



argh so many good shows! Too many to chose from!


Describe your show in 3 words:

Energetic – Epic – Exposed

What is your show all about?

Sudden Skies is about the human need for safety, it is about imperfections and how we are equal in those things.

Favourite place for a post-show drink?

I don’t drink much, but I’ll probably be at the Blue Room Bar. I go for the company.

How would you describe your FW experience?

Fringe is always exciting, thought provoking and fast paced.

Apart from your show, what other shows would you recommend?

I can’t wait to see Big Dark, Night Sweats, Josephine, Godeatgod, the Beast and the Bride Micro Move. Everything. I want to see it all!

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Amberly Cull is the writer, devisor, composer and puppeteer behind the beautiful FRINGEWORLD 2018 show, THE THREE DEATHS OF EBONY BLACK. We caught up with her ahead of the show and she answered our ‘Five With Fringe’ series.

Describe your show in 3 words:

Dark, funny, sweet.

What is your show all about?

The show is based on a quote by David Eagleman about how we all have three deaths, its an exploration of that and a bit of a look through how we want to be remembered. Sounds dark but it isn’t, there are puppets and songs and it is a merry time with a few bittersweet moments.

Favourite place for a post-show drink?

Pleasure Gardens or a cheeky Bubble tea on the street.

How would you describe your FW experience?

FW is always my favourite time of year it feels like a never ending celebration..until it ends.

Apart from your show, what other shows would you recommend?

I am also performing in Impromptunes the completely improvised musical and Bachelala at the beginning of the festival so personally I think they are amazing shows! I would also recommend Gillian Cosgriff, she is genius.

You can get your tickets to THE THREE DEATHS OF EBONY BLACK here:

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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Suns of Fred | 4.5 Stars

Review | Kieran Eaton

‘Wow’ is the first word that pops in my head with this self-titled show of FRINGEWORLD 2018, Suns of Fred. It is easy to wonder if this three-piece musical-comedy band would live up to their successful predecessors – in Doug Anthony All Stars and Tripod; yet they have nothing to worry about for they have the ‘it’ factor. These rising stars have only been in the comedy scene for about five years but with a chemistry that seems much longer (well two of them have been friends since year two of school!)

This trio by the names of Sly, Fox and Mickey J are all Perth locals so perform many predictable but well made local referenced gags, however this is not what makes them stand out. What does that, is all three have clear personas that don’t take themselves too seriously – and if they do it is them parodying each other, in a self-aware manner! This maximises laughter, plus they fully pick up on the vibe of the crowd and milk it for all it’s worth. An example being when they borrow a cigarette from a crowd member and offer to give it back. The audience member refuses because it has been in Sly’s mouth and so Sly pretends to pull his pants zip down for they just performed a number called “Suck a Cock Instead.”

Seeing this trio come on to stage with smooth moves, you know that you are in for a slick show. The difference between this band and many other musical comedians is these guys can really sing! They are good! Combine this with polished dance moves, and professional (yet charming) crowd work – they are the full package.

I highly recommend Suns of Fred for anybody who wants to ease themselves with a good laugh before exploring the more risqué shows of the festival.

WHEN: 9 – 18 February 2018 | Various times check website

WHERE: Balmoral Hotel |Victoria Park | Perth

Comedy Lounge |CBD | Perth

INFO: Tickets $25 | Duration 55 mins | 18+ restricted venue | WA Artists | COMEDY


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Amelia Burke is a performer and theatre devisor from Perth and is part of the creative team behind MISS WESTRALIA, the true story of the very first Miss Australia, from WA of course! She answered our ‘Five With Fringe’ series ahead of the FRINGEWORLD 2018 show.

Describe your show in 3 words:

Girl-Power, History, Whirlwind

What is your show all about?

Miss Westralia is a new musical about Geraldton born Beryl Mills, who won the first Miss Australia competition in 1926.  Her winnings included a promotional tour to the United States and her experiences abroad are the basis of our story.  Three other historical characters, Sir Frank Packer, Beryl’s mother Kitty and Miss America 1926, make some cracking cameos  and fuel Beryl’s hilarious coming of age tale.

Favourite place for a post-show drink?

The Bird!

How would you describe your FW experience?

FRINGEWORLD is like the ultimate jumping castle. We don’t want out any time soon!

Apart from your show, what other shows would you recommend?

Renee Newman’s Seeking Basic Needs and Other Tales of Excess at PICA. See and feel Northbridge for the first time again (or ever).

You can get your tickets to see MISS WESTRALIA here:


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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | A Modern Guide to Heroism & Sidekickery | 4.5 Stars

Review | Laura Money

What does it take to be a hero? A cape? A costume? A million dollar legacy, purpose-built command centre in a cave and dead parents? Michelle Zahner is here to dispel those myths. Sometimes the best way to be a hero is just to start helping.

In A Modern Guide to Heroism & Sidekickery, Zahner tells the whimsical tale of the ‘superhero’ The Shadow and how she started making small changes to improve the lives of her fellow town members. Zahner switches between the narrator – wearing cute ‘Clark Kent’ glasses to the hero – The Shadow, donning a tool belt (far more practical than a cape!) talking out how comfortable she feels hanging around rooftops and how you notice things differently from above. She also wears a big grey hoodie to inhabit the character of sidekick, Karl. Karl finds notes around the town – he’s used to fading into the background but that changes when he is finally noticed.

It’s a charming and beautifully acted – Zahner’s exuberance for the story is infectious. She leaps around the stage as The Shadow, slinks around it as Karl, and relays the story to the audience as herself. She is a versatile performer, a delight to watch, and brings life to these charming and flawed characters. You don’t have to be ‘super’ to be a hero. Zahner highlights the hurdles and stereotypes that are attached to public figures. The Shadow doesn’t really talk much, Karl does the talking for her, yet we feel we know her based on the qualities imposed on her.

Zahner is the most affable performer, her zeal is strong as she tells the wild story and creates real social change. A Modern Guide to Heroism & Sidekickery fosters a sense of community, of love for your fellow man, and a distinct distrust of gluten. The message is simple and beautiful – love one another, try to change the world one step at a time, and try to work out what exactly to call a male damsel?!

WHEN: 16 – 25 February 2018 | 6:00pm

WHERE: The Gold Digger | Fringe Central | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $20 – $23 | Duration 50 mins | Suitable all ages | THEATRE



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FRINGEWORLD 2018 |Neal Portenza: East Coast Eagle| 4.5 Stars

Review | Kieran Eaton

Neal Portenza is a mad clown character created by Joshua Ladgrove, yet this form of anti-comedy has no conventions and that is what makes it brilliant. This clever comedian always leaves you guessing so be prepared for a roller coaster journey. This FRINGEWORLD 2018 show has Portenza wanting to be a mentalist – which leaves you wondering how this unique act will turn this to humour.

Neal Portenza: East Coast Eagle is a one man show but is all about the audience interaction. Portenza is unconventional with his crowd interactions and if you take him seriously you’d think he is rude. However, this insane character knows what he is doing to maximise the laughs – even if it comes from awkward tension created throughout the night. Portenza is the master of messing with people’s heads and he is aware of this – with him quoting that he has been labelled, “Both the best and the worst thing I’ve experienced at the same time.” This means that his is humour is a bit niche and not for the unadventurous sort.

When you look at the intense stare of Portenza, wearing a beret and a bit of clown styled make up – you see a comic tip toeing the conventions of being an entertainer. There is a sense that he embodies the late Andy Kaufman in getting laughter from shocking certain audience members. This is all part of the art form and this night it works like a treat – with Portenza getting more weirdness out of the audience than from himself! There is a bit of low moment when he states that he is quitting comedy. The audience appears to not believe him as all his claimed mentalist tricks are just wacky illusions, and yet he really is quitting comedy after the upcoming Melbourne International Comedy Festival!

Go see Neal Portenza: East Coast Eagle make a bang in your life before he disappears!

WHEN: 13 -25 February 2018 | 9:00pm

WHERE: Globe Palace | The Palace Society |Perth CBD

INFO: Tickets $15 – $25 | Duration 55 minutes | Recommended 15 +| COMEDY


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FRINGEWORLD 2018 |The Three Deaths of Ebony Black| 4 Stars

Review | Kieran Eaton

The Three Deaths of Ebony Black is not as serious as it sounds – far from it! This light-hearted show is puppetry at its comical finest. These hand-made puppets come to life with intense skill that you see from the outset. This show, created by Amberly Cull works well with a minimalistic environment – where you know that anything goes!

In combination with another puppeteer, these puppets come to life with amusement in how nuanced these characters are. This puppetry requires so much concentration that you forgive them when slight errors occur, as both these performers have improvisation theatre experience and this is clearly displayed. Their natural chemistry is on show with well built up dialogue between the characters. The story slowly comes together to an amusing crescendo, however the manic nature of characters can lead to confusing motives.  This does not matter for the characters embrace silliness to the extreme!

The first puppet is of Ebony Black. Her age is exemplified by weary coughing and slow movement that is contrasted when she boogies down to some well known songs, even doing a bit of the Macarena! This draws large amounts of warmth for the character and so when you see her slowly pass away in her sleep, deep sadness is felt. The other characters that obsess about the inheritance are shallow in reflection of how greed can affect the psyche. To press this point even further, fake vomit is used when two of the characters observe some poverty!

The Three Deaths of Ebony Black is an absurd tale that is perfectly expressed using puppetry. Do see this playful show that is the true essence of FRINGEWORLD 2018.

WHEN: 16 – 25 February 2018 | 6:15pm

WHERE: The Shambles| Fringe Central | NORTHBRIDGE

INFO: Tickets $22 – $25 | Duration 50 mins | Family friendly | THEATRE


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ARTICLE | Jessie Gordon is the Queen of FRINGEWORLD 2018

Article | Laura Money

If you haven’t heard of Jessie Gordon yet, then you better get yourself to one of her shows. The sweetheart of Perth, Gordon’s the sultry songstress smashing FRINGEWORLD 2018. With over six shows this year, Gordon is showing no sign of slowing down as she performs everything from Jazz standards, to nineties nostalgia. We caught up with her at the halfway point, after performing 19 shows in 9 days, to see how she was tracking.

Gordon was in the middle of what she calls ‘extreme lounging’ – how else do you think she keeps that divine voice so slick?! She has to be very careful as

this year is a marathon and not a sprint! I have to take care of my health and my voice because I’m spreading my shows out across the whole FRINGEWORLD program.

The first three shows of the marathon are already under her belt –

Anatomically Incorrect Gentlemen: Dirty Gents pairs Gordon with the wonderfully talented Libby Hammer after Gordon chased her up one night after a gig. They developed the show based on what was lacking in their musical lives – both were used to their hyper-feminine presentations as Jazz singers, so decided to liberate themselves by dressing as old men!

Gordon and Hammer absolutely love playing these ‘lovable idiot’ characters while playing the ukulele and singing crude, yet fun songs.

Sassafrass – An Evening in Paris a five piece band that backs Gordon as she kills it on stage!


The Fairly Average Dance Party saw Gordon and her crew getting down and dirty with the tacky songs of the nineties – you know, the ones you secretly love to belt out? This era of music is totally new to Gordon to perform, she grew up listening to it, but hadn’t really done any of it on stage before.

I think we’re at a particular moment where the nineties has a fascination – we’re now nearly 30 years on, and that means that it carries a cultural weight for people in their 30s now but it also carries a kind of gravity for people who are younger who have a nostalgia for a time that they didn’t even experience.

Gordon herself grew up listening to a lot of Jazz and classics, so she understands what it is like to have a nostalgia for an era she didn’t actually experience.

I try to be very careful of that, because a lot of the swing music I play, is deeply personal. People carry a personal family history to the eras that the music is from. It’s important to realise though, that this music is not a beacon of a better time, or a simple time, or an era when ‘men were men and women were women.’ It was borne out of a complex time during great turmoil and it’s brilliant music, but it’s not a time that we should yearn for.

Gordon performs throughout the year, but there’s something about FRINGEWORLD that brings out the best in her.

Look, the crowds are out there and so many people want to see shows. So, you should make hay while the sun shines – it’s a great time to be involved in the arts!

Now, it’s completely unfair to ask Gordon which genre is her favourite, but with such a diverse program, I did ask her what she likes about all of the styles of music she performs.

“They all bring something different to the table. The hardest think I do is Jazz because it requires so much control, and that’s a challenge and I love it. But then, doing ridiculous dance parties and getting to mosh onstage is really fun and entertaining!


Gordon’s first truly solo show is next – Live Electric Loops is just Gordon on stage with a pedestal. It’s a total departure from her usual shows, and one that she finds utterly terrifying.

It’s the things that are terrifying that end up being the most worthwhile.

Despite seeing loop machines before, I still had no idea how they worked, until Gordon was kind enough to explain:

“You sing a short phrase into it, and you hit a button and it records that short phrase. When you finish recording it, it just loops that short phrase again and again so you’ve got maybe four notes and then that repeats. And then you put something else on top of it. Then that repeats as well.

You just start building layer upon layer of rhythm and harmony until you create a whole backing so you can sing a melody over the top of it.”

Some of the music she plays are Jazz standards, some are original compositions and some are created then and there on the spot for the lucky audience.

Next up is Dirty Jazz Cocktail Hour – a fun, silly show. It’s just Gordon and a pianist and it’s dirty songs with a focus on drinking songs! She likes to think about why this type of music is considered on a cultural fringe – so you get philosophy as well as Jazz!

It talks about alcohol and escapism, alcohol as a euphemism for pain. It’s got some thought in it but it’s also going to be a silly fun time!

And finally, Jessie Gordon is Ruining Your Night is a brand new show that is a combination of songs that are really personal to Gordon, songs that came at a moment of crisis in her life. Some songs that she has written, and some songs that Gordon associates with people ruining her night – moments she was entirely vulnerable. Music can be cathartic and healing, and songs become representations of moments.

It’s a love letter to music. It’s for the songs that have really meant something to me throughout my life and the songs that have been there for me.

Gordon will be gracing so many stages around FRINGEWORLD 2018 and creating new memories and emotions for herself and audiences alike. She was an absolute delight to speak to, and I can honestly say is an absolute delight to watch on stage. Gordon is perhaps the most prolific performer here in Perth, so don’t miss out on seeing her at least once – her voice is stunning, sultry, and entirely hypnotic, you could listen for hours.

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FRINGEWORLD 2018 |Menagerie Choir presents: Keeping Secrets| 3.5 Stars

Review | Kieran Eaton

The Menagerie Choir is a massive group of like minded people who use music to make their lives feel better. Music creates lots of love to the world this show is all about the feels – highlighting how important this message is, in a current world climate where a sense of community is often forgotten. These powerful performers are a testament to the adage that a strong team is better than a group of individuals.

The strength of the show is in the leadership of conductor (or Zoo Keeper), Sal Banyard. This choir has about one hundred members and it appears that at least half of them are performing this show! So much skill is needed to craft their choir songs – with the vocal range determining whether they sing the soprano, alto, tenor or bass. Smoothly, this works with the group’s timing in sync – and then sometimes coming together with massive choruses. This requires much creativity, as the songs are made from modern indie-pop tunes! Each group is differentiated by wearing particular coloured clothing – all bright, radiating a happy feeling.

When this local community group walk on to the stage there is a warm glow with their smiles and waving displaying a sense of sincerity of what the night will follow. This is fuelled by monologues, read by different individuals that set the tone for the songs. The main theme is about keeping secrets and this is achieved with a beautiful sense of humour – in having some huge placards of secrets being held on a few occasions, by this big team.

Menagerie Choir presents: Keeping Secrets is a family friendly event that should leave you with a big smile, in that we can drop all our worries away in a small moment in time.


WHEN: 17 – 25 February 2018 | 4:00pm

WHERE: Teatro | The Pleasure Garden | NORTHBRIDGE

INFO: Tickets $21 | Duration 70 mins | Family friendly |WA Artists | Music |



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FIVE WITH FRINGE | Marnie Hungerford

Marnie Hungerford is a member of SYNDICATE a newly graduated team of theatre makers from WAAPA. They are here in their FRINGEWORLD 2018 debut to bring US, AT THE MOMENT. Marnie answered our ‘Five With Fringe’ series ahead of the show.

Describe your show in 3 words:
 – Honest
– Comical
– Relatable
What is your show all about? 
Our show, Us, At The Moment is simply an exploration of where we feel we are in our lives right now, as a bunch of recent graduates out in the world. Our show expresses our opinions on personal issues, political statements and is a showcase of young hearts pouring out on stage.
Favourite place for a post-show drink? 
Our favourite place for a post-show drink is right where we are performing at Rigby’s Bar!
How would you describe your FW experience? 
So far our FRINGEWORLD experience has been very eye-opening, experimental and really beautiful. Collectively, we have never really experienced the professional industry and have been learning as we go! This process has been a great learning curve for all and has been a great first step into our professional lives.
Apart from your show, what other shows would you recommend?
There are some absolute banger dance shows happening at this years FRINGEWORLD that we are all so excited about and proud of our fellow dance colleagues. We recommend:
– Shall We Get Comfy? 
– Here. Moving. 
– Future’s Eve 
– The Honeymoon Suite 
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INTERVIEW | Carletta the Great

Carletta the Great is a burlesque act like no other. She is here in Perth from Melbourne with her FRINGEWORLD 2018 show A SHOWGIRL: DECONSTRUCTED which breaks down the idea of burlesque performance. We caught up with her to find out all about it.

So, this show A Showgirl: De-constructed it seems that its all about exposing the burlesque world, so why do this sort of show instead of a straight cabaret show?

I was looking to do something that was also a little challenging for me. I found that over the years, that I’ve grown as an artist and I wanted to give myself a space where I could do something that was a little bit more risque than just straight burlesque, so I wanted to be able to tell my story and incorporate other performance aspects.

I have really gone down a bit more of a performance art path – I’ve explored Dada and I’ve incorporated film into the show the back of the stage is all projection and I interact with the projection and I have done a wonderful collaboration with an illustrator who has done an animation piece. It’s wonderful, so its given me a new platform to be able to explore where I am as an artist and where I’m wanting to go, so it’s actually quite a blessing and really wonderful to be able to do that and share that with the audience and to hear how they feel and how they respond to the show afterwards as well.

Did you study Dadaism, the surreal and that kind of Avant Garde genre at all?

Yes, I have a degree in philosophy so I got a little bit of inspiration from that but also from my director Willow J Conway, she’s got over 20 years worth of experience performing as a performance artist and performing with two shows so I’d started to work with her before she came on board as my director and then from that she’s really helped pushing and gave me that real nudge to take things a little bit further.

What is it about the Avant Garde you think that can explore theatre in a way that other genres can’t?

I think it’s the abstract nature of it allows  audiences to touch on concepts that sometimes can be a little heavy going and to give that sort of platform so everyone can interpret what they want out of that. It’s really interesting sometimes when where you begin with a performance and where you end and then when the audience members and the cast speak to you afterwards and they’re like ‘oh I got this out of this piece’ and sometimes that’s just really enlightening for me as well but it also helps to be oh wait I got that they understood that which is also good.

So what kind of audiences do you usually get for these kind of shows?

A mixture. I still get a burlesque crowd and sometimes they love it and sometimes it’s a little bit challenging for them! But I also get a lot of theatre goers, a lot of people wanting to see something a bit different, a little bit weird and people who – I get a lot of women who are coming along to see it for the feminist aspects of it and to see the show girl laid bare just to sort of what is actually behind the showgirl persona.

I guess that always as a performer I went down that journey where I really became enveloped, I guess in the burlesque lifestyle and it did very much became a mask and became who I was and then the line became really blurred and then as I found myself growing as a person and as artist as we all do as humans, we grow and evolve. I found that that mask was fitting perfectly and sometimes the best way to find that new layer is to rip that mask off and expose it so see and allow others to see and see your vulnerabilities which is quite – I’ve found it quite empowering and I found it quite an empowering process as well, and that is something that the audience or especially a lot of women they get out of the show as well they love to see the act.

Has burlesque, or rather how has burlesque shaped your feminism do you think?

It’s been an interesting process, I think I like all women we at one point or another have our own hangups about out own sexuality and our own power and in some ways that really that helped to boost my feelings with that and to see myself outside of that feeling.

And then in other ways, it really exposed some of those insecurities, so I feel like it – also with working in burlesque it is a space that is quite often misinterpreted and quite often people see it as being something that is women on a pedestal or being really overly, overly sexual and being a commodity but the fact of the matter is that a lot of women, especially today, a lot of burlesque performers are – they’re ground breakers, they’re challenging rebels and that’s what really attracts a lot of women to it as well because the women from say the forties and fifties, who were burlesque dancers they were literally sometimes going against the law. They were really ground breaking in that sense and so its really wonderful to see that women are quite often doing that now and it is in a very different way burlesque is really evolving and becoming a tool or a conduit that women in particular, and men as well, can use as a way to communicate and respect their own sexuality as well as give out political concepts, satire, comedy and really take charge of their own bodies.

Is that what appealed to you about burlesque?

Yes, having my own body autonomy is hugely important, and it gives me an opportunity to express and to have dialogue with the audience without necessarily having to speak. I don’t mind speaking but I love to be able to communicate through body language as a performer.

Sometimes I might create and act that has deep political or social commentary in it, and I can use Burlesque and comedy and performance art in a way to express that.

How do you approach developing a show? Does it start out as part of a Variety Act and then evolve into a full show?

A few of my acts started out as just solo acts, that I just incorporated into other shows, but in A Showgirl: Deconstructed, I’ve only got one act that I’d used in the past, everything else is new. The concept of the show started as a solo, stand-alone act but it kind of became the catalyst for the whole show.

Even though it’s surreal and doesn’t have a straight narrative, I still wanted everything to tie together. A lot of those acts were created in response to my workshopping process.

Do you have genuine fun when you’re up onstage?

I do! We all have our bad days, where things aren’t running 100% smoothly, or where nerves can get the better of you, but my technique that I generally use, is I let myself fill up with a bit of nervous energy beforehand. So that when I jump onstage it’s like a little flurry of energy!

There is a little switch in me that once I step onstage it kind of ‘clicks’ and I kind of become – it’s like becoming a different person but you’ve still got enough of yourself in there. You have to kind of step out of yourself and, whatever’s going on in the day, you have to let that go and be there and be present.

This show is a little different. There are elements of me that are there, it’s a little more real and a little more real, but the switch is still there.

You can get tickets to see A SHOWGIRL: DECONSTRUCTED here:

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Raul is the newest member of the Sol Hotel maintenance team. In charge of pool cleaning and Thursday afternoon party games, Raul is on a mission to find the love of his life, the job of his dreams, and finally, learn to swim. He also has gold hot pants. He answered our ‘Five With Fringe’ series ahead of his FRINGEWORLD 2018 show RAUL BY THE POOL.

Describe your show in 3 words:

Bonjour Party People!

What is your show all about?

I am new single man who is on (I think is called) “Community Service” working hotel after altercation with my wife’s new boyfriend. Is not a show. You will come sit by pool side for holiday Induction meeting where we will play hotel party anthem, explain missing person procedure (is common in this hotel) and the staff will pull on straws to see who will be running the Junior Pub Crawl this week (ages 7-11).

Favourite place for a post-show drink?

Hotel bar. Jesús the tender is very kind when measuring rum. Is good time.

How would you describe your FW experience?

Is hard. I have been working part time in fitness gym unblocking hair from gentleman toilet and also have been cleaning lip stain from mermaid tank in Pleasure Garden.

Apart from your show, what other shows would you recommend?

I am hearing that my brother, Paúl, is doing lobby music in Ibis, but we are not talking at the moment as I think he might have put himself inside Denise from reception at staff party. You have already missed all other opportunity to see my elsewhere as is busy week of pool cleaning before I start on 19 Feb in Ice Cream Factory.

Do nit miss out on RAUL BY THE POOL, get your tickets here: