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FRINGEWORLD 2022 | This Is Where We Live by Vivienne Walshe | 5 Stars

Review | Laura Money

This Is Where We Live by Vivienne Walshe is powerful theatre. Written like a lyric poem full of Australian bush poetry rhythms, the raw performances and impactful movement on a minimal set enhance the script into a timeless account of humanity. Stripping the Orpheus and Eurydice myth to its elements, each part of this continuous monologue blazes with intensity. Walshe’s script is economical with its words, distilling themes of loss, violence, and disadvantage into a sharp and memorable work. It’s definitely one you won’t resist looking back on.

Impeccably performed by Lauren Beeton as Chloe, and Samuel Addison as Chris the two etch out a frenzied yet tender love story amidst their challenging home lives. In a heartfelt monologue, Beeton begins pedal to the metal in a fast-paced spoken word piece alluding to checking out of the life she is forced to live with an abusive step-father stuck in a small town. Mirroring her words, Addison moves in concert under semi-darkness – each move a visceral hit punctuating the air. Director and movement coach Teresa Izzard ekes out every centimetre of the stage with her spare movements, perfectly aligned with the cutting dialogue. Beeton’s Chloe is a powerfully memorable character – scrappy, hilarious but deeply scarred and hurt with a darkness insinuating itself across her defensive stance. Addison transforms under the veil of each character – sweet-natured and tender as Chris, pathetically patriarchal as his father, and horrendously cruel as the abusive step-father.

This Is Where We Live by Vivienne Walshe is a sharp script rendered intense by Beeton and Addison’s high-octane performances. They approach the writing with a stripped back efficiency that combined with simple yet exact movement is extremely potent. Watching Chloe attempt to escape her small-town confines and constantly take two steps forward, one step back is heartbreaking and the impact of the inevitable conclusion is a tragic gut-punch delivered by a powerful group of theatre makers.

You can catch this amazing show at The Girls School 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.

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FRINGEWORLD 2022 | AJ’s Box: Coming Again | 4.5 Stars

Review | Amanda Lancaster

The Fourth Wall Log: FRINGEWORLD 2022, There are Aliens Amongst us….or should that be in front of us?

I have made the alarming discovery that The Girls School, Library room and its stage is currently being taken over by a flaming orange haired outer space babe and her posse of performing replicants, much to show goers delight rather than distress. Perhaps this is because this particular performing Alien, has been here before and has the humans Coming Again to see not just her, but also her box.

Meet Andromeda Jellybean, but you can call her AJ, and her intergalactic box A.I. Apparently after last year’s accidental crash landing upon Earth AJ was stuck here trying to find a way to amass enough power to fuel her Box so she could return to her home planet. Fortunately for audiences everywhere our friendly alien AJ was able to find a source of energy to feed her box with…Applause. Unfortunately thanks to a miscalculation there was not quite enough applause for Aj to make it all the way through our atmosphere and she’s been stuck here in hiding awaiting her moment and planning a way to best remedy her unfortunate situation. That’s right folks this alien needs you to give her box the clap big time, and she’s figured out just how to do it.

AJ is one of the most charming, quirky, hilarious characters you will ever see. She is downright adorable and 100 percent true alien through and through. This is no act, my friends this is an intimate alien encounter like no other. A mango loving, clone making, ass kicking, leather clad, space freak who’s ready to get as freaky as necessary to keep the humans safe and happy and get her minx of a box thrumming with pleasure.

With the help of her replicants, clones of previous fringe performers, Lola Moore, Miss Jordan and Charlotte Louise, the next sixty minutes is a nonstop rollercoaster of sci-fi sexiness and hilarity that you’ll wish would never end.

AJ is back with a vengeance and determined to win over the humans in a bid to collect all their adoration and applause with her newly researched ideas on how to be sexier than ever before, after all were a strange lot and isn’t that what we humans like?

This is one variety show that is truly Out of this World!

You can catch all the intergalactic action at The Girls School 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.

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FRINGEWORLD 2022 | ARCANA: The Devil’s Temptation | 3.5 Stars

Review | Amanda Lancaster

Arcana: the tarot, the deck of fortune, the cards are dealt, and all the major players are there. 

The Devil is unveiled. A representation of attachment to ideologies and behaviors, the worship of pleasures and the taboo. He is addiction, compulsion, fixation but most of all The Devil represents Temptation. Prepare to be tempted like never before folks by this latest show, Arcana: The Devil’s Temptation.

Whiskey A’More Entertainment presents as always one hell of a show. With the empress card and high priestess of provocateurs herself at the imaginative helm of another round in the arcanaseries this show is bound to be a hit with the crowds. Last year’s Arcana: Order of the Divine was all about good fortune and the lighter more sublime side of life and divination. This year things have taken on a slightly darker themed tone to the cards the audience finds themselves being dealt over the sixty minute performance as he devilishly delicious prince of darkness, leads them into temptation.

Sam Madame is absolute perfection as the fallen star that is Lucifer, the evening’s emcee, and show-stealing Satan. Such a statuesque commanding presence and voice to match, you will want to melt like butter once this hand some devil starts reciting prose. Legs for days, cheeky as all get out and cheekbones you could cut yourself on, I dare you to not be seduced just a little if this is what evil comes dressed as.

Look out for The Lovers; played by of course by the only name synonymous with this theme, Duo Rhapsody. There is no one else on the fringe scene that embodies the lovers more perfectly than these two. Everything you will ever see this partnership perform is revoltingly and heartachingly beautiful and their depiction of the temptation of Adam, Eve and the apple is of course no exception.

Every performer on the night is a fabulous stand-alone talent of dance, burlesque, contortion and more, how could it not be when the performers include such well-known names as Essie Foxglove and Whiskey A’more amongst the list of acts.

A standout of the night is definitely by far newcomer Danisa Snake. I mean WOW. Never have I been so happy to see the Death card dealt. The symbol for rebirth and life altering changes. Have you ever seen a snake shed its skin? Danisa Snake is serpent incarnate, the total embodiment of all things deadly and dangerous. Saucy and sexier than hell, who wouldn’t be tricked into absolutely anything by this act?

Each act of the night is loosely based around the tarot and the major Arcarna cards are the inspiration for each performance be it in title, aesthetic, theme or demonstrative offering upon the stage. Each performance is a transformative foray into the baser instincts of human and hellion alike, as we are treated to entrancing explorations of the push and pull between good and evil.

You aren’t told which cards are dealt until the very end, so you are constantly drawn to and subconsciously tempted by whichever acts Arcana speak to you personally the most. Tell me Perth, what is it you truly desire? Because I can tell you right now it’s a ticket to Arcana: The Devil’s Temptation.

You can catch all the devilish action at The Girls School 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.

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FRINGEWORLD 2022 | Murder on the Midland Line | 4 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Have you ever felt like your commute was murder? Well, for these unfortunate travellers on the Midland Line, the murder is literal! The crew from Performing Arts Alumni Society (PAAS) bring a parody of the Agatha Christie classic to the smallest stage ever – one carriage on the Perth to Midland train. It’s a silly and ridiculous rollercoaster of a show, in which a murder, investigation, ‘arrest’, and resolution all occur in the time it takes to get to Midland. So strap in, play detective, and get ready for a journey with a cast of colourful characters you just won’t be able to forget.

Murder on the Midland Line is written and directed by Courtney Lee and it’s brilliantly done. It’s a giant lean-in that takes all the mystery and intrigue of the original and turns the tropes on their head in a pisstake worthy of Transperth services. The writing is a little clumsy in parts, not explaining everything so you may have to mind the gaps, but it is great where it counts – each character arc and the ‘final reveal’ neatly, if a little overtly, tying everything up. Naomi Raven‘s set is stunning! It’s a proper throwback to the dodgier days of train travel, complete with actual ex-bus seats, the iconic yellow poles, and various rubbish and debris reflective of the infamous train line. With a fun set, the cast are free to play with their characters and they dive into the action head first, using every centimetre of the stage.

A script as farcical as this with characters as larger than life as they are can only be approached with intensity, and every single actor rushes headlong into the fray. From Troy Coelho smashing out his four or five sentences before dying in an epically dramatic fashion, to Milli Higgins locking eyes with Bobby (Lachlan McGregor) and getting her flirt on the second she enters the carriage. Higgins is hilarious as ‘the nurse’ swishing her high pony around with disdain for everyone else. McGregor’s tradie is funny especially when tripping out – he gives the audience a knowing wink and really embraces the parody. Shakyra Baskeyfield is a crack up from beginning to end – as the #pregnant #blessed Sara Kensington-Rosé-Smith she can hear if you pronounce the non-existent ‘H’ and has the mannerisms of an entitled Guildford type down pat. Orla Poole plays eccentric old woman Tabitha Titlock and it’s her extra little touches to the character that make it a memorable performance. Each tick and twitch while not the centre of attention brings a nuance to the performance that could have been bland otherwise.

It is up to Sal Moose – earnestly rendered by Lucy Wiese – to discern which of the eclectic bunch of commuters did the deed. Stymied by larger than life Trudy Gooch, played by the ridiculously over the top Hannah Quaden, Moose tries her best to exert order on the chaos. Quaden’s enthusiastic portrayal of Trudy Gooch is hilarious. She doesn’t pull back and attacks the character full bore! Loud, brash, abrasive, and foul at times, Quaden is compelling somehow managing to take up all the space with her intense character. Speaking of intense, Matthew Jones is spot on as the spoilt Guildford Grammar schoolboy in a caricature of stuck up rich boys that needs to be seen to be believed.

Murder on the Midland Line is a promising start for these young yet accomplished theatre makers. The script is funny and clever, leaning in to its ‘Aussie-ness’ revelling in the cultural cringe. With farce that borderlines a dreamlike state, it’s certainly the most entertaining train ride you’ll ever go on! Next stop: success.

You can catch the train at The Girls School 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.

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FRINGEWORLD 2022 | GODZ | 5 Stars

Review | Amanda Lancaster

Hedonism is deemed by definition as the term given to the constant pursuit of pleasure and satisfaction. Well folks, prepare yourselves to be well and truly sated….and by the GODZ themselves no less. 

Meet the Gods of Head First Acrobats the award winning group behind such shows as Elixir, Crème de la Crème and now, GODZ.  This group are not just award winners but multiple award winners year after year and for very good reason. There is an absolute breath-taking amount of talent, attention and effort that goes into each of this company’s shows, and their energy and execution is beyond compare. This group is the real deal, making them not only FRINGEWORLD and fan favourites time and again, but this reviewer’s personal favourite also, every time we are lucky enough to have them in Perth. 

Follow our four human incarnations of exactly what a Greek god should look like as they party on Mount Olympus like it’s 2022. Embodiments of mythological faves such as Hercules, Hades, Dionysus and Cupid as you have never seen them before and probably wont ever see them again. Sassy, smart assed, skilled beyond measure and sexy as hell this is a show of epic godlike proportions.  

Well known for their own particular brand of circus comedy stylings this latest venture is no exception when it comes to the no holds barred rules. If the stunning acrobatics, physical prowess, and mind-blowing feats of strength and daring don’t have you on the edge of your seat for the entire sixty-minute performance then the bold tongue-in-cheek quips and clowning is sure to have you falling out of it laughing instead. 

We’re talking nail biting stunts and acrobatics, circus tricks, high kicks, and hot guys in short skirts amongst other costumes of a completely appropriate and inappropriate nature.  I don’t want to give away some of the surprise and shock factor to the show but definitely keep an eye out and on these naughty lads completely on point and exactly to the point imitation of ancient Greek statues: in all their glory. 

GODZ is definitely one of this year’s most stand out shows by far. When I say if I could give it more than 5 stars out of 5 I would, this is still underselling the show. If you have been lucky enough to have seen a Head First show before you know exactly what I am talking about, but if you haven’t already seen these guys in action…. trust me when I tell you that GODZ isn’t just a want to see show, it’s dead set need to see show. 

Its time to worship at the house of Head First Acrobats and get down with some golden Greek GODZ gone wild action-packed edge of your seat adventure.

You can catch the GODZ in all their glory 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.