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FRINGEWORLD 2020 | The Bride | 3.5 Stars

Review | Sarah Soulay

The Bride is a crazy rollercoaster of a show performed by Nadia Collins.

As you walk into the theatre you are introduced to a cockroach exterminator who is a real Aussie bloke, spraying the area before the wedding. Although this is entertaining, and an interesting start to the show, I would have preferred that Collins wait a little longer for more people to enter the room and be seated, as it is a bit distracting having people find their seats while you are trying to listen to what she is saying.

The use of ‘The Princess Bride’ voice over is genius. It is very funny – especially for someone who is a fan of the movie! – it is used very well as both a joke and a voice over narration to guide the story along.

There is a lot of audience participation, and being a one woman show, which is a feat in of itself, it is interesting to see how she brings everything together. Collins says herself at the end of the show, that if the audience wasn’t willing she would be stuck. At times the use of the audience in her story is definitely entertaining, and though certain moments are seamless, others are a bit clunky, and act as more of a filler than a necessary part of the show.

Some aspects of Collins various characters are hilarious. The little scene where the bride is trying to do up her dress, only to realise it not going to fit, is an excellent display of her acting capabilities and talent. It is one of those relatable moments in life and is fun to watch. At other times however, it feels like the skits and gags go on a little too long. For instance, when the groom is waiting at the altar and when the bride is acting like a drunk white girl at her hens night. Absolutely funny for a while, but goes on a bit too long in my opinion.

One scene that is messy in a great way is the cockroach orgy/extermination. Yes, you read me right, cockroach orgy. It is all over the place in a weird, funny and intriguing way and the dramatic ‘Princess Bride’ voice over along with a lot of goo and silly string, only aids to confusing hilarity. Most likely my favourite scene of the night. 

All in all, it is an interesting show, and although it could use some work here and there, it would be perfect for those people who like obscure theatre, and an insane amount of audience participation. After all, filming your friend be forced to volunteer as a cockroach whose guts explode is all the more reason to get involved in The Bride.

WHEN: 4th – 8th February 2020 | 7:00pm

WHERE: The Studio | BLUE ROOM THEATRE

INFO: Pricing $26 | Duration 60m | Suitability M | Depicts Violence, Drug use, Loud Noises, Mental Health, Sexual References, Strobe Lighting, Suicide/Self Harm, Smoke Effects | COMEDY

TICKETS: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/the-bride-fw2020

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FRINGEWORLD 2020 | Worship: The Gilded Edition | 5 Stars

Review | Amanda Lancaster

Thou shalt not make for thyself any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, thou shall not bow down to them or serve them.

Thou shalt have no other gods than thee. Thou shall worship no false idols above thee. Worship of false gods is forbidden by the values such as the Ten Commandments and offers no pause or place for the beliefs or adoration of then individuals’ sense of self.

Worship in the form of idolatry, however is very much about what you believe in and what you wish willingly to follow. It is the reverence for and creation of a state of being subversive to that of its own pleasure’s makings and hedonistic delights. A cult or physical image, a symbol such as a statue, or a person in place of a God. 

Idolatry has been considered as the paying of divine honour to any created thing – what is it you pay honour to? What is it you bow down for? On your knees boys and girls it’s time to worship at the altar of what is by now one of the biggest and steadfast followings the cabaret and performance art scene has ever seen.

Foxglove Productions once more presents seamlessly astounding sets and showstopping numbers with an array of without doubt worthy of worship stars and performers. This show just seems to get better and better every year without fail. There are stunning examples of beauty and talent, amazing feats of physical endurance and grace. Perfectly poised tongue in cheek satirical skit short scenes flash in and out on and off the stage without even a moment pause to catch your breath or slow your ever-racing pulse.

For those looking for more specific insights into the acts themselves, sorry not sorry, I can’t give away any of the amazingly shocktastic edge of your seat, heart pounding thrill of the ride that is this performance. I can tell you its impossible not to be drawn into the entire spectacle.

Worship: The Gilded Edition is a gorgeous play on the adage that all that glitters in not gold and all that’s gold does not glitter. Giving the viewers  an hours’ worth of sensual sermon and a mind opening look into the beauty often overlooked in the modern-day macabre elements of life, from the gorgeous to the grotesque, the cyberpunk sci-fi stylings to the alternative song stylings and sensory overwhelming scenery and soundscapes that go into this shows parts and pieces you can’t help but want to fall at the feet of such an immense demonstration of what  real godlike behaviour could inspire.

Who do you idolise? What do you worship? Need something to believe in or have faith in? Then this reviewer sentences you to purchase at least one ticket to the next performance of Worship: The Gilded Edition – two if you feel you need to repent a little more thoroughly.

WHEN: 4th – 8th February 2020 | 9.15pm

WHERE: The Main Room | Connections Nightclub | NORTHBRIDGE

INFO: Tickets $30 | Duration 60m | Suitable 18+ | CABARET

TICKETShttps://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/worship-the-gilded-edition-fw2020

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FRINGEWORLD 2020 | Bernie Dieter’s Little Death Club | 5 Stars

Review | Kieran Eaton

There is only one word to describe Bernie Dieter’s Death Club – amazingBernie Dieter has toured Perth for many years now and boy, is she a master of mayhem. She is the show creator and permanent host of this epic cabaret variety show. This night usually has a unique mix of talented individuals, who are either regular or perform guest spots. These people that Dieter personally choses specifically need a dark side of a misfit nature to create a sense of fun and spontaneity for this late-night showcase.

If you have seen this show in one of the previous years, don’t worry because all the acts are or appear fresh to a new creation of frivolity.

The opening crowd warm-up by Dieter may have some familiarities that you shouldn’t mind, as it gives you some comfort that you are in safe hands that may touch your hands! Dieter is as confident as ever, dealing with strangers with total ease. Even if a crowd member is struggling to deal with her craziness, she can round them up into the right direction.

For FRINGEWORLD 2020, the venue is the massive Speigletent that sets the night up from some crazy acts, including acrobats and fire twirlers. At the back of the back of the stage is a vaudevillian style band, who play with gusto and are a perfect backing to Dieter’s powerful vocals. Dieter is intense with her stare and provocativeness that you feel like she is serenading everyone individually. There is a superb energy that this MC creates from this audience with cheeky sense of humour, quick to respond to any moment. You will certainly have lots of fun because all the acts display plenty of quirkiness that keeps us constantly amused.

Acts for this night include an atheletic acrobat in Michael Standen, a firey burlesque performance by Jaqueline Furey, a hair-raising circus act from Fancy Chance, and an amusing and an eye-catching routine by drag act of Art Simone. Some are multi-talented and are able to produce more than one scintillating performance. Dieter is all about us embracing our inner freak and so this is a perfect example of what FRINGEWORLD 2020 is all about. Bernie Dieter’s Little Death Club might sound like a scary place, but it is a wonderful night of entertaining weirdos.

 

 

WHEN: 17th January – 16th February 2020| 9:00pm

 

WHERE: The West Australian Spiegeltent | Pleasure Garden | Northbridge

 

INFO: Pricing $32 -$46 | Duration 70m | Suitability: 18+ (Restricted) | Occasional course language, Strong Nudity, Sexual References, Loud Noises, Smoke Effects, Strobe Lighting| Cabaret

 

TICKETShttps://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/bernie-dieter-s-little-death-club-fw2020

 

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Why is this particular day in 1938 so special? Find out in our conversation with Ana Graham.

Ana Graham is one half of the delightful two-hander, A Special Day. We caught up with her before the show to find out just what is so special!

What is the show about?

A Special Day is a love story that begins with the chance encounter between an overworked housewife and her odd neighbor. It is about empathy, tolerance and personal discovery. It’s a joyful uplifting show dealing with very serious matters.

Favorite part of the show, no spoilers!

I love every single scene of the play but I specially enjoy the part when Antonieta burst into a childish frenzy when the air-force planes from the parade fly by her window.

What is the best part about participating in FRINGEWORLD 2020?

The possibility to be part of this amazing celebration of theatre, the opportunity to share our story with people so far from our own country and also just being there in  beautiful city, in your beautiful country.

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

Do not miss magician Stuart Lightbody’s show!

Describe your show in 3 words:  

Imaginative, playful, touching.

You can pick up tickets for A Special Day here.

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FRINGEWORLD 2020 | Scott Murphy: Sailing Lessons | 4 Stars

Review | Peter Spence

GET ON BOARD with Scott Murphy, as he teaches a beginners class on sailing -theoretically. Of course since this is done in a classroom, and no where near a boat, a dock or even a body of water, safety can be (almost) guaranteed.

A hilarious lesson in safety on (or off) the water, where the viewer walks away having definitely learned something that may some day, never come in handy. 

Brainchild of English comedian based in Scotland, Tom Whiston, he makes good use of the awkward silences when a joke doesn’t work, turning what would normally be awkward, into the joke, and giving it a bit of nautically themed one liners to seal the deal.

Audience participation is encouraged, as are sing alongs (since we are all training to be put on the cold lonely ocean). It is pretty amazing to watch and hear someone who is able to get a room full of strangers to sing in perfect harmony!

In the aptly named Captain’s lounge, Perth Mess Hall proves to be the perfect setting for class. 

This is a show for everyone… Not just those interested in sailing. So put on your wetsuit, strap on your buoyancy aid and get ready to throw some sheets to the wind – theoretically. 

WHEN: 28th January – 9th February 2020 | 6:30pm

WHERE: Perth Mess Hall | NORTHBRIDGE

INFO: Pricing $16 | Duration 50m | Suitability PG | Occasional Coarse Language, Animal Cruelty | COMEDY

TICKETS: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/scott-murphy-sailing-lessons-fw2020