FRINGEWORLD, Review

FRINGEWORLD 2022 | Dirty Jazz and Clean Living | 4.5 Stars

Review | Peter Spence

Can she do no wrong? Queen of the Perth jazz scene Jessie Gordon has once again blown the FRINGEWORLD stage away with another whirl wind season of performances, showing us all that jazz really is the epitome of sexiness. Mark Turner, Karl Florrison and Michael Perkins team up with Gordon to bring a most enjoyable hour of classic tunes and some original content.

Whether it’s the guitar or saxophone, Turner is an absolute master of melody, backed up by an incredible voice, a perfect vocal accompaniment to the impeccable ensemble. The rhythm is delivered with snappy and classy gentlemen, Perkins looking sharp and bringing some faultless flurries on the drum skins, Florisson with his beaming smile making the stage light up and keeping the rooms energy high.

The collection of masterful musicians and the angelic voice are undoubtedly a highlight of the whole festival year after year, and would easily be the choice if you could only catch one show per season. Settled in at our very classy table, with a dimly lit room and a softly lit stage, the Ellington Jazz Club always makes for the perfect night for a little Dirty Jazz. We are treated to some of Gordon’s own original music as well as some of the naughtiest and delectable classics delivered in style by the always amazing fiery redhead on the microphone.

Dirty Jazz and Clean Living has ended for FRINGEWORLD 2022 but you can see what Jessie Gordon and the gang are up to throughout the year HERE

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FRINGEWORLD, Review

FRINGEWORLD 2022 | ’80s Up Late | 4 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Do you remember the 80s as a sexy time full of cross dressing, leather, and power ballads? If you can remember when big hair graced the pages of Playboy magazine then you will love ‘80s Up Late a circus show that’s not afraid to get a bit steamy. Featuring riske silks, hoops, and acrobatic routines alongside sexy feats of strength and classic ‘80s references dropped by a hilarious host this is one show that has so much hairspray in the air you’ll be afraid to light a match!

Pulling absolutely no punches from the start, every act kicks down the door the second the lights go down and the performers light up. The skimpy outfits requiring host Andrew Silverwood to get out the wet floor sign and the skilful yet sensuous high stakes silks demand that the sign stays out! Playful and sexy, the show features leather and chains – these steamy bondage scenes slaying in their sensuality. The stakes get higher and higher – from a three way tousle of acrobatics and hand balancing to ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ – salt bae moves hilarious and hot at the same time, to launching a leather clad performer straight onto a trapeze each vignette is sizzling.

Silverwood is the perfect host for this show – role playing several well known ‘80s stars and reading the room with ease. The displays of strength are so much hotter in the steamy version of the show. And speaking of steamy how about the chemistry between these performers? There is fire on spread legs, lip biting heat in aerial bondage, and a blindfolded silks act that is guaranteed to hit the spot. So, pop on your diamonds and pearls and get ready to break free with the sexiest circus you’ll ever see. If you want to know what love is, then ‘80s Up Late can show you.

You can see all the steamy 80s action at The Pleasure Garden until 13th February 2022. 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.

FRINGEWORLD, Review

FRINGEWORLD 2022 | Dolly Parton: Here I Come Again | 4 Stars

Review | Amanda Lancaster

Think you know Dolly? Well, I bet you’ve never seen Dolly done like this! Dolly Parton: Here I Come Again is the second instalment of the performative love letter that takes us through drag diva Barbie Q’s number one crush.

Barbie Q is probably the most well known and loved name on the drag scene in Perth and a community fan favourite with crowds year after year. This is one diva that puts her heart and soul into absolutely every last thing that she does. Be it emceeing, performing, choreographing or producing and my god does it show. With so many fabulous drag and cabaret shows available around the fringe time of year it takes a real powerhouse to continue to draw sell-out crowds night after night to each and every one of their shows. Barbie Q is that powerhouse, her name is synonymous with perfection and quality and this latest show is no exception.

Barbie Q is a fabulous Dolly Parton, a perfect homage and tribute to the country starlet’s name. Both ladies are well known for radiating positivity, smiles, a sassy whip quick tongued sense of humour and of course assets we could only all dream of being in possession of. Barbie Q’s always spectacularly over the top costumes and attitude are perfect to play everyone’s favourite busty blonde. Dolly would be proud!

Dolly Parton: Here I Come Again is quite literally a show all about Dolly Parton. But don’t let that put you off.  This reviewer can vouch for the fact that if you aren’t a lover of country or the cowgirl songstress to start with, you sure as heck will be by the end of the hour. With a Dolly fan by my side and the embodiment of the lady on stage in front of us it was impossible not to be swept along by the infectious nature of it all.

Her music, her outfits, her sass, her style are all showcased in a nonstop singalong upon the always glamourous setting and stage of the Connections Nightclub venue. You can expect a whole lotta sequins, smiles and songs by Miss Dolly Parton, lots of tunes that you know and love and some you didn’t even know were from our starlet. Dolly is accompanied of course by the always talented backup dancers. A group of the most energetic and energizing boys and girls to date. The choreography doesn’t miss a beat as Dolly struts her stuff amongst not only her dancers but the audience too.

And what would any good cabaret show be without a little variety hmm? Well, you can rest assured Dolly has definitely bought some friends with her this time around, including Tammy Wynette, Billy Ray Cyrus and Kenny Rodgers. Yep, It’s a full blown ho down of country camp you are about to be treated to my friends, so get ready to put those boot scooting moves to good use! Dolly Parton: Here I Come Again is a show born out of the love of Big Hair, Big Voices, Big Dreams, Big personality and of course Big Boobs. So, folks, what are you waiting for? Time to mosey on down to the box-office and get yourself tickets to a heck of a good time.

You can grab your tix to the Dolly show at Connections until 12th February 2022. 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.

FRINGEWORLD, In Brief, Interview

FIVE WITH FRINGE | Simone Springer | SOLO

Simone Springer is the funny-woman behind her SOLO show all about being single for the first time in a while. We caught up with her ahead of her FRINGEWORLD 2022 show to see what we’re in for.

What is your show about?

I’ve been single for the last five years after spending 17 years not. This show is a combination of jokes and stories that I’ve built up over the last five years but also a reflection on relationships in general. Find out why I’m banned from tinder! And about the worst date ever! 

Favourite part of the show, no spoilers!

At the end of the show I give the single people in the audience the only advice they will ever need. It’s so fun even I struggle to keep a straight face. 

These are unprecedented times, how does it feel to be a performer in 2022?

Lucky! Grateful. Forever grateful.

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

The Confessional – you won’t see another show like it – go be forgiven for your “sins”. Matt Storer’s new show (Hot Nonsense) – I saw his show last year and it was amazing. Worship if you want art coming to life and Sugar Blue Burlesque if you want something sexy. The Laugh Resort’s Galentine’s Day Gala (all female comedy lineup) I’ll be hosting this year. Oh, and Sunday Singles!! The MOST fun show I host. 

Describe your show in 3 words:

Tinder, Dating, unsolicited d… oh, look at that, I ran out of words in the nick of time!

You can catch all the dating ups and downs at The Shoe Bar until 12th February 2022. TICKETS

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

FRINGEWORLD, In Brief, Interview

FIVE WITH FRINGE | Amy Hetherington | Crying Over Spilt Milk

Amy Hetherington is the hilarious comedian who has been gracing Perth stages for years. This FRINGEWORLD 2022, she is stuck in Darwin so will be live at Shoe Bar on the big screen! We caught up with her ahead of her silver screen debut.

What is your show about?

Crying Over Spilt Milk is about the joy, pain and madness of being a new parent. Stories about sleep deprivation, weird advice from strangers, sore nipples, and crying over spilled milk. I’ve got a 5 month old baby who also makes an appearance in the show.

Favourite part of the show, no spoilers!

Well this has changed for Fringe World cos the fact I’m doing the show (at all) is my favourite part! Given border closures I wasn’t able to get to Perth from Darwin but the legends at The Laugh Resort have organised the technology for me to perform live, on a life-sized screen with audience interaction. It’s really cool and I’m so proud we’re doing it rather than cancelling.

These are unprecedented times, how does it feel to be a performer in 2022?

It’s exhausting… but also there’s a lot of pride in being a performer in 2022. Sure there are challenges and we’re jumping through hoops and filled with unknown anxiety, but I still feel like it’s a privilege to entertain people and to have other humans choose to spend their time with me as an artist. People need to laugh and be entertained in these unprecedented times so I feel like my job is more important than ever.

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

I recommend all the local comedy, Perth has an excellent scene at the moment. In this final week make sure you see Simone Springer SOLO, Cameron McLaren’s Big Dumb Game Show33 Years Single (Daniel Delby), Luke Bolland: Bubble Boy and also I always love Matt Hale Comedy Hypnotist.

Describe your show in 3 words:

Mums Night Out

You can catch this unique event from The Laugh Resort at Shoe Bar until 13th February 2022. TICKETS

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