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AWESOME FESTIVAL 2022 | The Whale’s Tale | 4.5 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Did you know there’s a whale in the Museum? No, not the bony one! Another whale washed up and sick. The Whale’s Tale sees our intrepid Navigator investigate why the whale is sick and how we can help. Enlisting the help of Dr Walrus – a flatulent but kind Dr – the pair try everything to make the whale well again.

Through puppetry, whimsical costumes, and hilarious interactions with the audience the crew from Born In A Taxi Collective really get you thinking. The Navigator is hilarious and her voice quirky and tailored to an audience full of kids. Dr Walrus has everyone in stitches with his antis and the Shark makes a hilarious 180 degree turn, delighting the crowd.

The Whale’s Tale is a thought-provoking show that enlists the youth of today in the fight against plastic – enthusiastically rallying everyone to do better.

The Whale’s Tale is on at Boola Bardip WA Museum until 1st October 2022. TICKETS

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.

Keep up with The Fourth Wall on Facebook and @fourth_wall_media on Instagram to see what we’re up to in 2022.

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AWESOME FESTIVAL 2022 | Hutan | 4 Stars

Review | Laura Money

We are all here in the forest. Hutan is a felt and puppet recreation of a Singaporean forest, complete with animals, rain, and leafy canopies. Children are encouraged to explore through gentle play and a series of dances and music that capture the senses and prove that the forest is a beautiful and fascinating place.

This show is the definition of inclusive – each child (and some adults!) are given a name label and welcomed by name into the forest with a welcome song. The music is gentle but reflective of different elements of the forest – getting louder and more rhythmic with the rain and the gibbons, and softer with sunrise. There are puppets to discover and interact with, each animal bringing a different energy to the forest scape.

As Hutan draws to a close, everyone feels a sense of wholeness and wellbeing that nature can gift. It’s a gentle exploration of a unique place that will remain in your heart.

Hutan – A Sensory Forest Adventure is on at Boola Bardip, WA Museum until 1st October 2022. TICKETS

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.

Keep up with The Fourth Wall on Facebook and @fourth_wall_media on Instagram to see what we’re up to in 2022.

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AWESOME FESTIVAL 2022 | We Live Here | 4 Stars

Review | Laura Money

We Live Here is a stripped back and beautiful homage to the people of Hummingbird House – a youth hospice that provides a comforting and warm home for families undergoing medical treatment. Presented by Flipside Circus and Circus WA, the show is a gorgeous representation of courage and love.

Featuring voiceovers and a thrumming soundtrack, We Live Here sees the physicality of Hummingbird House. From joyful play to the breakdown of time in a day, each sequence reflects the memoirs of its inhabitants – past and present. There is a stunning sequence where a mother outlines her day, physically holding up every other member to f the troupe with grace and strength. There’s laughter and pure goofiness in a touching date sequence and synchronised swimming.

Each vignette has a depth to it, the acrobatics are impressive but so is the story being told. We Live Here is a must-see this Awesome Festival.

We Live Here is on at STCWA until Friday 30th September 2022

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.

Keep up with The Fourth Wall on Facebook and @fourth_wall_media on Instagram to see what we’re up to in 2022.

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AWESOME FESTIVAL 2022 | Creation Creation | 4.5 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Windmill Theatre Company present the big questions – and some of the answers in the fun and chaotic Creation Creation. Dressed in lab jumpsuits, surrounded by various white cardboard objects the two crash test dummies set out to answer life’s burning questions. Voiceovers of community members provide the narration as they ask and answer the queries of people aged between 8 and 102!

It’s fun and genuinely hilarious. The topics tackled are big – how did the world begin? Where do babies come from? Can you lick your elbow? (We’re yet to answer the last question in the affirmative though not from lack of trying) Our intrepid testers are so funny together as they physically demonstrate how things work in a creative blend of physical theatre, puppetry, and props that would easily fit in on the set of Play School.

What’s refreshing about this show is it’s not a lecture – all the answers provided are from the same people asking questions. It’s great to see several options for how the earth got started instead of just a scientific explanation and then a Judeo-Christian perspective. The diversity and inclusive element to the show is heartwarming.

Creation Creation is the big show to see this Awesome Festival but it’s really just a small show with a big heart. You will leave with a smile on your face and so many conversation starters, this show will continue to entertain long after you’ve left the theatre.

Creation Creation is on at the STCWA until Saturday 1st October 2022

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.

Keep up with The Fourth Wall on Facebook and @fourth_wall_media on Instagram to see what we’re up to in 2022.

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AWESOME FESTIVAL 2022 | Seashore | 3 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Seashore is an immersive experience for children under three to make believe and move to the natural rhythms of the seaside. Presented by Sally Chance Dance, the room is deftly transformed into a gentle beach through chalk lines and a rainmaker.

Children and their parents/carers move in harmony with one another to complete the immersion. Chance begins by encouraging each child to pick up a shell and listen to the whooshing ocean inside. Each gentle movement and lulling guitar recreates the playful nature and harmonious seascape.

Chance has thoughtfully integrated children’s curiosity with a guiding adult hand, encouraging intergenerational play, however it’s not as inclusive as it claims to be. This work was developed with and presented by the family groups on stage and whilst ticket holders are encouraged to get up on stage, in practice they are not interacted with sufficiently to foster a sense of inclusion.

Seashore speaks to those who enjoy gentle play and thriving imaginations. Go and enjoy – you won’t even get your feet wet.

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.

Keep up with The Fourth Wall on Facebook and @fourth_wall_media on Instagram to see what we’re up to in 2022.