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Five With Fringe | Elise Wilson | Love Slaps | FRINGEWORLD 2023

Elise Wilson is one of the hilarious creatives behind comedy show Love Slaps playing as part of State of Play and FRINGEWORLD 2023. We caught up with her ahead of the show to see what it’s all about.

What is your show about?

A line up of Perth’s funniest female improvisers take on audience’s ideas about dating, romance and singledom to make up an entirely new and hilarious show each night. We’ll go on an absurdly funny adventure and things will no doubt get ridiculous.

Favourite part of the show, no spoilers!

At one point each show, one of the performers gets slapped. It’ll likely happen during a plot twist or a character betrayal, when you’d want to throw a drink in the character’s face but we can’t carry around a martini for the whole show, so instead the character gets slapped. Yes, a real slap – we’ve been practising how to do it safely.

What do you think people will get out of your show?

Dating and romance can suck, but it can also slap, in the colloquial “it’s fun/great” meaning of “slaps” (I’ve had to explain the dual definition of “slaps” to non-Tik-Tokers). Audiences are going to have a wild ride and should be prepared for things to get silly and imaginative.

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

We’re also improvising in The Little Hoo Haa, which is for the kiddos, and can recommend other shows at State of Play like Vehicle, Improv DND, as well as The Underground at the Rechabite.

Describe your show in 3 words:

Silly, spontaneous, slappy

You can catch all the slaps at the State Theatre Centre WA until 4th February 2023. TICKETS

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The Fourth Wall acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land we engage in storytelling on – the Wadjhuk people of the Noongar nation. We pay respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.

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FRINGEWORLD 2023 | The Late Nite PowerPoint Comedy Showcase | 3.5 Stars

Review | Amanda Lancaster

The Late-Night Power Point Comedy Showcase is exactly as described. A 9pm timeslot, 60-minute showcasing of assorted performances by six comedians, all of whom have acts at FRINGEWORLD 2023. Piggybacking off the success of their own hilarious fringe show Presentation is Everything in which comedy duo Ethan Cavanagh and Sweeney Preston make a convincing case for the PowerPoint adding some much-needed sparkle to any and every type of presentation, the boys decided to not only give you a taste of what their own show offer but also put their fellow funny men and woman to the test.

Challenge accepted. Each of the night’s artists is given roughly 10 minutes to present a selection of their material to the audience, but with the added task of using PowerPoint slides and images to up the visual comedy ante as it were. Comedians performing for the night I attended – emcees and duo Sweeney Preston & Ethan Cavanagh, Tor Snyder, Lauren Pattison, Aves Robins, Isabella Valette & Nick Capper.

On one hand the show comes across as a bit too hit and miss in places, and haphazard in others. The show’s momentum is unfortunately not as smooth or seamless as it could be in its delivery given that each artists’ individual stylings are being shaken up by the added PowerPoint prop challenge. On the other hand, watching professional comedians stumble their way through using a method of medium and delivery unknown and unused to them in their standard comedy shows kind of makes the night a bit like a game show, which has a definite charm to it overall.

Stand outs for the audience on my night were local Perth comedian and household name, Tor Snyder who was up first with her usual brand of brash and dead pan sarcastic wit. This time taking the opportunity to treat us to the funny, frustrating and oh so relatable side of Facebook market place. Anecdotes regarding her side hustle business to buy old furniture are made much more humorous as the audience is treated to some slides demonstrating some of her online interactions and conversations whilst trying to buy and sell. Nick Capper definitely understood the assignment and seemed to truly take delight in the use of the visual comedy aspect. Regaling viewers with tales of his time touring the world to places such as China, Germany, France, Poland and more Capper has the patrons in absolute fits of laughter as he cleverly misdirects the punchlines to his jokes set ups with nonstop slide changes, mismatched images to each named place and a whip smart try to keep up barrage of the quickest humour you are ever likely to experience.

Personal favourite of the evening absolutely without a doubt has to be the adorable U.K. comedian Lauren Pattison. The entire audience fell completely in love with her wholesome yet quirky brand of funny. Not necessarily a PowerPoint prop wielding winner but definitely makes great use of providing snapshots as a well delivered and well timed visual punctuation to each punchline in her set. The body of Pattison’s act focuses on the twenty plus listed points for why her boyfriend should let her get a dog. While this might not seem like a great theme for a comedy set it absolutely works to perfection when the star gets going and gives detailed and hilarious reasonings for each of her listed arguments, such as “I won’t talk to you because I’ll have the dog to talk to.” Definitely the best act of the night for sure.

After experiencing the night’s varied acts and how each of them embraced the basic theme it is hard to say if the show is a success or not. It does, however make for a fun and easy-going foray into the world of laughter and will no doubt give audiences a look at which other acts and performances they would like to see next. Treat The Late Night PowerPoint Comedy Showcase as exactly what it is: a way to sample some of the comedic stylings this year’s fringe has to offer – with some added imagery and sparkle.

You can catch this unique variety night at Four5Nine Bar until 2nd February 2023. TICKETS

Keep up with The Fourth Wall on Facebook and @fourth_wall_media on Instagram to see what we’re up to this FRINGEWORD 2023.

The Fourth Wall acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land we engage in storytelling on – the Wadjhuk people of the Noongar nation. We pay respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.

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Five With Fringe | Sweeney Preston | Presentation is Everything | FRINGEWORLD 2023

Sweeney Preston is a stand-up comedian from Melbourne. One half of the duo behind Presentation is Everything, playing this FRINGEWORLD 2023, we caught up with him ahead of the show to find out what it’s all about.

What is your show about?

Presentation is Everything is an hour of fast-paced stand-up comedy that is visually complemented through the medium of Microsoft PowerPoint. We essentially wrote it to be the antidote to every bland lecture, dull pitch and boring presentation you’ve ever had to endure – think company KPI’s, uni group presentations, that sort of thing. Except we don’t have to worry about getting fired!

Favourite part of the show, no spoilers! 

A visit from a very well-known TV personality. We can’t say any more but rest assured, he brings the house down every night!

What do you think people will get out of your show?

Generally people walk away with a newfound appreciation for the tiny regional Victorian town of Maryborough. 

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

We’re also running a PowerPoint comedy lineup show called The Late Nite PowerPoint Comedy Showcase. We love a theme! 

It’s basically 6 comedians performing 6 different PowerPoints in a first-of-its-kind format on the comedy landscape. 

Describe your show in 3 words:

Cathartic. Airhorns. MicrosoftOffice365.

You can check out Presentation is Everything at Four5Nine Bar until 31st January 2023. TICKETS

Keep up with The Fourth Wall on Facebook and @fourth_wall_media on Instagram to see what we’re up to this FRINGEWORD 2023.

The Fourth Wall acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land we engage in storytelling on – the Wadjhuk people of the Noongar nation. We pay respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.

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FRINGEWORLD 2023 | Feeling Way Too Good: Songs of Michael Buble | 4.5 Stars

Review | Brandon Shier

Lisa Woodbrook wants you to know how good she’s feeling. She’s feeling way too good about getting older, about crying, about being single, but she’s especially feeling way too good about performing for you the songbook of everyone’s favourite crooner, Michael Bublé, in her show Feeling Way Too Good: Songs of Michael Bublé. Dressed vibrantly in a pink blazer and pants that match her infectious energy, engaging in playful musings on life, how could the audience not feel way too good as well?

Over the course of an hour, she charmingly channels Bublé, backed by a five-piece band as they perform his original songs such as “Haven’t Met You Yet” and “Everything”, and the songs he’s made famous for a more contemporary audience, such as “Sway” and “Feelin’ Good”, all of which she performs with such easy confidence and a playful swagger. Watching her fit right in with the band but also stand out, you really do get the sense that the self-proclaimed “strong independent woman who can reverse parallel park” is really enjoying herself, effortlessly performing vocal athletics with a smile. Woodbrook is not only a talented performer, she’s also a jovial people-person as she keeps audience interaction to the maximum, encouraging us to sing along like we’re WAAPA students, share with her our pet peeves, and just to sway our hands in the air as she sings the more romantic of Bublé’s catalogue. Preceding each song is a hilarious anecdote relating to the song she’s about to sing, for example, bragging about her Frequent Flyer points before taking off with “Come Fly With Me” (pun absolutely intended).

The hour flies by, and could easily go for another (this reviewer wishes she threw in a couple of Bublé’s Christmas carols into the setlist, time of year be damned!), yet the show is flawless, gracefully performed both by Woodbrook and her band, and really will leave you feeling way too good

Go and feel good with Lisa at the State Theatre Centre WA until 29th January 2023. TICKETS

Keep up with The Fourth Wall on Facebook and @fourth_wall_media on Instagram to see what we’re up to this FRINGEWORD 2023.

The Fourth Wall acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land we engage in storytelling on – the Wadjhuk people of the Noongar nation. We pay respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.

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FRINGEWORLD 2023 | Best Shows For Kids | Giveaways included!

Article | Laura Money

Navigating FRINGEWORLD can be hard at the best of times, but trying to organise shows for the whole family? Forget it! The Fourth Wall understands so we’ve put together a list of our favourite children’s shows for FRINGEWORLD 2023. Pay attention and you could even win some tickets!

Alex and Evie and the Forever Falling Rain | State Theatre Centre WA | Until 28th January 2023

In a world where it’s always raining, Alex and Evie form a strong bond and eventually go on a quest to stop the forever falling rain. It’s a charming and beautiful tale that will tug on the heartstrings. Alex and Evie and the Forever Falling Rain is a delightful story with all the epic elements – a talking cat, a quest with tasks and challenges on the way, and a charming fable-like premise that encourages listening to one another and developing friendships.

Check out our review from 2022 HERE and get your tickets HERE.

An Utterly Rubbish Adventure | State Theatre Centre WA | Until 28th January 2023

Join Mr Jim as he falls into the bin and has many awesome adventures on his way out. Playing all the characters, singing, and creating puppets from everyday items, James Hancox presents an instant classic. An Utterly Rubbish Adventure is an utterly brilliant show. It uses everyday items as puppets and play, creating a positive solution for the rubbish crisis. The gentle message of reusing and recycling manifests in a groovy song by the Inventor and the touching ending will make you want to do your trash better.

Check out our review HERE and get your tickets HERE.

Mr Snotbottom Comedian For Kids | The Hat Trick – Pleasure Garden | Until 29th January 2023

This hilarious kid’s comedian has perfected the art of children’s comedy – from stinky behaviour to silly jokes and lots of prat falls, Mr Snotbottom will have all the kids laughing. Kid go absolutely bonkers for the quirky and funny Mr Snotbottom – we’re giving away a family pass to see him on Sunday 29th January so comment below what your ultimate Fringe binge with kids looks like and go into the draw.

Check out our interview with Mr Snotbottom HERE and get your tickets HERE.

Strictly Barking | The Pocket – Pleasure Garden | Until 29th January 2023

This hilarious two-hander features crowd favourites Jon & Ollie as they tell the story of a lonely old man who befriends a homeless dog and they enter a ballroom dancing competition. There are hilarious characters, funny costumes, and amazing physical comedy. The kids get really involved, throwing fruit and balls all over the audience and literally calling out pantomime style. Their antics are 100% worth every penny spent on this delightfully funny show.

Check out our interview with Jon & Ollie HERE and get your tickets HERE.

The Listies – Make Some Noise! | State Theatre Centre WA | Until 29th January 2023

The Listies are a comedy duo who focus on music. They will get all the kids – and quite a few adults – up on their feet, dancing and singing along. It’s a classic comedy duo of straight man and silly man doing what they do best – making noise! Every song is hilarious, every dance move on point, and every audience interaction lands. These guys are great with a crowd – they know children well enough to contain their energy while also whipping them up into a frenzy – now that’s talent.

Check out our review HERE and get your tickets HERE.

Charlie Caper – Magical | The Gold Digger – Pleasure Garden | Until 5th February 2023

This absolutely charming magic show is the kind of gentle entertainment that is perfect for all ages. Caper is a gentleman and magician and every trick is subtle, not showy. There will be smiles of delight all around as Charlie shows off his greatest hits from 20 years of performing. We loved the show so much last time, we’re still trying to figure out how he did it!

Check out our interview with Charlie HERE and review of previous show HERE. Get your tickets HERE.

KABOOM! | The Hat Trick – Pleasure Garden | Until 12th February 2023

Hilariously neurodivergent self-confessed experimenter Magnus Danger Magnus is back in Perth making things explode! The show is literally him performing fun chemistry experiments and setting things, including himself on fire. There’s something for everyone – for the curious there’s his mantra: try it! For the showy there’s Magnus’s amazing stage presence and the science fist. For the cat lover there’s a cute surprise, and for the pyromaniacs…well there’s actually quite a bit for them!

Get your tickets HERE.

PreHysterical | The Aurora Spiegeltent – Pleasure Garden | Until 12th February 2023

A stone-age twist on your classic circus, these acrobats will have you shouting yabba-dabba-do! Headfirst Acrobats are known for their quirky themes and this is no exception. From outrunning predators, to finding food and grappling with stone-age technology this group of acrobats will dazzle through the ages.

Check out our interview with them HERE and get your tickets HERE.

VIKINGS! | The Gold Digger – Pleasure Garden | Until 19th February 2023

Go on the ultimate adventure with two VIKINGS! as they embark on a quest to find Thor’s hammer. VIKINGS! is the ultimate in children’s entertainment. It’s funny, charming, quirky, and shows off the talents of Norton and Bayliss perfectly. And the ending will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

We’re giving away a DOUBLE PASS to see the show so just comment below how you would lift Thor’s hammer to go into the draw.

Check out our interview with them HERE, our past review HERE and get your tickets HERE

Keep up with The Fourth Wall on Facebook and @fourth_wall_media on Instagram to see what we’re up to this FRINGEWORD 2023.

The Fourth Wall acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land we engage in storytelling on – the Wadjhuk people of the Noongar nation. We pay respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.