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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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