FRINGEWORLD, Review

FRINGEWORLD 2022 | Hell Hath No Fury- Musical Bitchin’ From the Basement of Hell | 4 Stars

Review | Amanda Lancaster

Love is just the slowest most acutely intimate form of self harm available to each and  any individual’s preferred and desired tastes. Love is just a chemical that makes you ignore all the red flags. Let’s face it – love is the one universal thing that drives all of us just a little crazy…and some of us a LOT crazy.

Such is the dilemma  for our main protagonist, played by Zalia Joi who finds herself stuck figuratively and quite literally unable to escape her overwhelming feelings, thoughts and reactions to an on again off again relationship. The whole he loves me loves me not struggle has pushed our girl over the edge and into a deep dark depressive danger zone that threatens to swallow her whole.

This show comes from the mind and emotions of someone that has clearly been there – haven’t we all? – making for a truly open and honestly relatable ninety minutes. Seamlessly elegant in its entirety, this show is made up of bitchin lyrics, wickedly black. Humour, power ballads, a band that nonstop rocks it out of the park. Hell Hath No Fury – Musical Bitchin From the Basement of Hell is exactly what you would expect from its title. It’s fierce females belting out all the things you’ve always thought and wanted to say out loud.

Zalia Joi is a delight to watch as the in need if hope lady in the throes of distress  and  her counterpart, the distressing lady of the basement of heartbreak, Fiona Cooper is perfection as well. These two ladies have the powerful onstage presence akin to that of the likes of Tori Amos and PJ Harvey and boy do they have the voices to match. These ladies kick much needed ass.

This show is a must for anyone needing a little bit of  hope and healing. It’s a love letter to all the survivors of toxic behaviours and thought patterns bought about by others  and themselves. If  you’re in need of that last conversation with someone or just searching for a way to understand the hell you find yourself wanting to escape, then this entertaining offering is all the closure you will ever need.

You can catch the Musical Bitchin’ straight from the basement of hell at ACE’S until 22nd January 2022. TICKETS

FRINGEWORLD, Review

FRINGEWORLD 2022 | Neil Diamond & His Songs | 4 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Head on down those ‘Brooklyn Roads’, raise a glass to ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ and check out the ‘Beautiful Noise’ made by Brenton Fosdike & The Diamond Band as they pay tribute to Neil Diamond & His Songs Downstairs at the Maj as part of ACE’s Cabaret this FRINGEWORLD 2022. Fosdike is the ultimate entertainer, he’s full of energy and charisma, swaying, singing, and owning the stage resplendent in a ‘Cherry Cherry’ red sequinned top. It’s a night of pure entertainment from people who are at the top of their game.

Fosdike’s love of Nail Diamond is palpable – he reverently relays tidbits from Diamond’s life and the development of songs, relishing in the audience’s reactions as they cotton on to which song he’s describing. The origin stories of ‘Beautiful Noise’ and ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ are particular highlights but Fosdike’s cheeky eye twinkle as he relays the story of ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers’ being mashed up by discjockeys back in the day adds a real depth to the piece. Fosdike soaks up the spotlight like no other, but is always in awe of his band and back up singers. The love that emanates from the stage is perhaps strongest during the duet of ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers’ but also constantly present, and you feel they are just all great friends jamming together.

Fosdike hilariously declares “if you haven’t noticed, I’m not actually Neil Diamond” tongue firmly in cheek, but whilst he may not be Diamond he has a really good go of it! Each song is performed perfectly, his stage presence is mesmerising, and his arrangements unique and bring out the best in the music legend’s accomplishments. With a stunning voice, complete with Diamond’s own signature gravelly tone, Fosdike is having the time of his life and this colours the show with a richness that will make you shout ‘I’m a Believer!’ So, get on down to Ace’s and sing-a-long to ‘Sweet Caroline’ because, let’s face it – no Neil Diamond tribute would be complete without it. Fosdike nails this segment perfectly and you’ll leave with his dulcet tones crooning you to sleep.

You can catch Brenton Fosdike & The Diamond Band at Ace’s Cabaret until 22nd January 2022. TICKETS

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FRINGEWORLD 2022 | Briefs: Bite Club | 4 Stars

Review | Laura Money

The Briefs crew is back, baby and this year the Quarantine Queens have devised a show that is part therapy, part boredom and all amazing! Born out of the idleness forced upon them, this bunch of awesome weidros just couldn’t sit still and spent their iso getting sequinned up and sassy. Collaborating with the fabulous Sahara Beck and her beautiful band, the badasses from Briefs are ready to take a huge bite out of Perth for FRINGEWOLD 2022 and we are here for it!

Kicking things off with the stunning vocals of Sahara Beck, her sultry sound fills the Aurora Speigeltent with a haze of bluesy notes that make you say yaaassssss! This is the perfect backdrop for the cast as they sashay their way in a flurry of feathers – each one in fabulously extra costumes with killer moves to boot – I mean we’re talking a full chorus line moment where the heels are high and the kicks are higher. Fab Fez Fa’anana hosts with style and flair, costume changing like a boss and absolutely nailing it with legs for days. Fa’anana is clearly in awe of Beck and their synergy together is a delight to watch. Indie darling, Sahara Beck suits the style of Briefs with their signature blend of epic soundscapes and cute vibes, culminating in the stunning songbird ascending the sky in a fairy-light entwined perch. It’s simply breathtaking.

Perennial fave Loius Biggs and a series of amazingly talented newcomers bring the cheek and class with their clever and sassy routines from aerial wonders to hilarious striptease and funny beatnik skits every single act is quirky and fun and very sexy. Speaking of sexy, Captain Kidd – the spunky sex on legs gives his birdbath routine a major glow up complete with flamboyant costumes straight (well maybe not straight) from the French Court. Kidd’s camp appeal is phenomenal – the routine is guaranteed to get you wet – literally!

Briefs: Bite Club is full of fabulous energy, tongue-in-cheek camp, and clever circus. It’s a traditional burlesque offering from consummate entertainers who continue to deliver over and over. So, sashay your way to the Pleasure Garden, grab a drink and prepare for a soaking this summer!

You can catch a bite with Briefs: Bite Club at the Pleasure Garden until 13th February 2022. TICKETS

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FRINGEWORLD, Review

FRINGEWORLD 2022 | Sugar & Ice | 3.5 Stars

Review | Amanda Lancaster

Back in the day…okay, way back in the day…there was this little group that burst onto the music scene with there own brand of glitz, glamour and game. You may have heard of them? The Spice Girls? Love them or hate them there was no doubt that this girl group and its blend of super hyped pop ballads and styles were the total embodiment of what became known as Girl Power. Not just a catch phrase for its era but a truly simple and empowering ideology that lasted for decades to come.  

Well, it’s time to pass the torch, meet the new generation of fierce young females giving a much needed reboot to the girl power attitude we didn’t even know wed been missing. Sugar and Ice is a fantastic demonstration of the pitfalls and perils being navigated in modern day society. Whether it be social media, sex, career, relationships, peer pressure and societal stereotypes this nonstop pop musical parody will have every audience member both young and old smiling at the absurdities we  stress ourselves over. 

Meet pop princess of past fame miss Camilla Moore. Once famous for her all girl-group ‘Starburst’ Camilla now finds herself the lead singer of no group. Sugar and Ice is the 70 minute nonstop singalong show that follows Camilla and her fight between becoming a solo artist and the loneliness it embodies going it alone in both fame and life. The show is a musical exploration of self-worth and stereotype, it’s an entertainment statement about who and how people chose to place value upon each other themselves in the current media driven climate we live in. 

High energy, high kicks and a banging 90s, 2000s throw back soundtrack of songs this show is bound to have you feeling nostalgic and ready to take on the world. So grab your friends and get ready to remember exactly what friendship and fun is all about. 

You can catch Sugar & Ice at The Royale Theatre until 23rd January 2022. TICKETS

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FRINGEWORLD, In Brief, Interview

FIVE WITH FRINGE | Hamish Pickering | Hello, Asteroid

Hamish Pickering has been described as ‘the love child of Tim Minchin, Bo Burnham, and every other musical comedian from 2000 onwards’ which we think is just wonderful. We caught up with him ahead of his one man show Hello, Asteroid.

What is your show about?

This show centres around my character at the end of the world. He brings the audience along on a deeply moving but comedic journey, recounting his life and asking them what they think the true meaning behind our existence is. All the while, he makes them laugh and cry and most of all question everything.

Favourite part of the show, no spoilers!
I love the ending most of all. Without giving anything away, it’s gut wrenching but so honest and brutal in its portrayal of how I would react to the end of the world.

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

Big, scary question. COVID has certainly made us adapt and learn new ways of creating. While we, as artists, struggle to continue to make art, it’s inspired many of us to find new and exciting ways to produce works with depth and modern messages. COVID isn’t anywhere near over, and the challenges are still rolling on by, but I’m excited to see what my fellow theatre-makers can produce in these once-in-a-generation times.

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

We have so many mates creating and producing great works but I’ll try my best to narrow it down! Our picks currently are:

– Time Capsule- Golden Age Girls

– Alex & Evie

– Sugar & Ice

– Impro Musical BangTown!

– The Big HooHaa

– Decoupage Skin

Just to name a few! So many great works being put up this year.

Describe your show in 3 words:


Provocative, existential, witty-as-hell

You can catch Hello, Asteroid at Subiaco Arts Centre until 22nd January 2022. TICKETS

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