FRINGEWORLD, Review

FRINGEWORLD 2022 | DIRT by Angus Cameron | 5 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Hard-hitting and intense, DIRT by Angus Cameron is a stunning two-hander that explores the emotional barriers we put up to avoid vulnerability. Examining homosexual relationships in Russia, the performers are cagy and wary of one another, creating a tense atmosphere that hints at espionage. It’s a compelling and intelligent delve into oppression and persecution and international relations. Cameron’s script is sharp and fast-paced, and just cryptic enough to ensure you’ll be turning it over in your mind once the lights come back up.

Wil King kicks things off timidly asking tour guide Patrick Livesey some extra questions long after their tour is over. Standing in the audience as Livesey remains on stage, King slowly ekes their way up the aisle unsure if Livesey’s answers are genuine or not. Livesey’s performance is first-class – their accent doesn’t waver for a second, Russian inflection perfectly matching their cryptic tone. Poor King isn’t sure how seriously to take this enigmatic figure. King is seemingly guileless in their depiction of a young journalist with ulterior motives. Their unwavering puppy-dog energy the perfect counter to Livesey’s caginess.

Seamless scene changes and a dramatic lighting design give the audience time to catch their breath with Bronwen Coleman‘s clever direction. Coleman encourages a sense of anticipation as Cameron’s script slowly lays out more clues. It is King and Livesey’s phenomenal acting skills, however that combine with Coleman’s visionary direction that show rather than tell the pain and struggles facing the main characters. Even in portions where Livesey imparts their story it is subtly intense, not a pin drop could be heard – Livesey’s restraint and pent up heartache burst to the surface in a poignant expression of true pain.

DIRT by Angus Cameron is played to perfection by this incredible duo. Their chemistry is undeniable, and their development of character both provide a masterclass in performance. As each character’s situation becomes more intense, they both rise to the occasion and react in a realistic manner. It’s a cat and mouse game that raises questions with every piece of dialogue. Set in modern day Russia, where it is illegal to partake in homosexual acts, the characters in DIRT push the limits of transgression, taking trust to a whole new level. $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Russian LGBT Network and the Moscow Community Center for LGBT+ Initiatives. And if that isn’t reason enough to see this show, let the brilliant writing, directing, and phenomenal acting persuade you as well.

DIRT by Angus Cameron is playing at The Girls School until 5th February 2022. TICKETS

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FRINGEWORLD, In Brief, Interview

FIVE WITH FRINGE | Patrick Livesey | DIRT by Angus Cameron

Patrick Livesey is one half of the acting duo in DIRT by Angus Cameron, playing alongside their real life partner, Wil King. It’s a stunning story and $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Russian LGBT Network and the Moscow Community Center for LGBT+ Initiatives. We chatted ahead of the show to see what to expect.

What is your show about?

DIRT is a contemporary thriller tackling human rights abuses and queer solidarity. Inspired by reports of queer persecution within the Russian Federation, DIRT tells the story of an Australian and a Russian who meet in modern-day Moscow. The two spend the night together but things take a dark turn when neither turn out to be who they say they are.. duh duh DUH! 

Favourite part of the show, no spoilers!

Getting to act with my love. Whilst the lines never change, what Wil and I do on stage changes every night depending on what’s happening between us. It makes for a really exciting experience as a performer and even more exciting for the audience who are truly getting a different experience every night!

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

Crazy. Exhausting. Difficult. A wee bit stressful. I wanted to throw in a more upbeat descriptor but I think crazy will have to do! Being in the live performance industry right now is extremely tough. Even just getting up in front of a live audience right now feels touch-and-go, let alone touring work or planning for the future. Sometimes we feel a little insane for pushing ahead but we don’t really have another choice. This is what we do and we gotta make that art, baby!

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

YAAS KWEEN
D!ckless
Basement Burlesque Presents… Coming Out of the Den
We love gay!

Describe your show in 3 words:

Sexy. Thrilling. Dangerous. 

You can see DIRT at The Girls School until 5th February 2022. TICKETS

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FRINGEWORLD, In Brief, Interview

FIVE WITH FRINGE | Angela Letakaye | The B-Plot Girls

Angela is one half of The B-Plot Girls, a hilarious musical that examines the role of women in tv storylines. It’s a satirical work that has had an upgrade for FRINGEWORLD 2022 and we can’t wait to see what’s changed. We caught up with Angela to find out what it’s all about.

What is your show about?

Our show is a musical dark comedy about the experience and expectations of living as a woman in a society where image is everything, and about the intersection of feminism, capitalism and social media. 

Favourite part of the show, no spoilers!

One word: Lizardmen.

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

It’s a bit terrifying and a bit exciting! I’m sure performers and audiences alike have similar anxieties about plans being canceled and things being upended again, but there’s also this sense of things getting better and moving forward – touch wood! 

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

All the shows from Umbrella Works (our production company) are looking fantastic, there are some returns and some repeat shows, all of which I would recommend checking out! Other than that honestly there’s so much to choose from, I would say choosing a few shows at random and reading about something you haven’t heard of before, you might be pleasantly surprised! 

Describe your show in 3 words:

Zesty, satanic fun. 

You can catch The B-Plot Girls in action at the Girls School until 6th February 2022. TICKETS

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FRINGEWORLD 2022 | Double Entendre | 4 Stars

Review | Amanda Lancaster

Love a little bit of sassy innuendo and cheeky undertone to how you get through your day? Then this show is definitely the one…or should that be two… for you. Whisky A’more presents her newest intoxicating entertainment and she’s making it a double, Double Entendre that is.

One of the biggest names in the burlesque scene since 2014, Whiskey A’more  Entertainment has been delivering the goods year after year in a multitude of  showcases. And this year is no exception. Double Entendre is packed full of talent, tease, and titillation from start to finish, these burlesque babes will have you seeing double quite literally as each new pair that takes the stage  knock the audiences metaphorical socks off.

Whether you’re a fan of the fantastic or the funny, this show has something for everyone. Double Entendre is sixty minutes of dance, physical theatre, comedy, strip tease and one of the most outstanding, stop-you-in-your-tracks vocal performances you will ever hear.

If all that still isn’t  enough to get you cheering your throat off, then look out for the proverbial cherry on top that is of course miss Dee Dee Luscious. Well known for her own brand of quirky kitsch humour, this lady almost always steals the show even when she’s meant to be the emcee.

Whisky A’more Entertainment is always a winner with crowds and Double Entendre is no exception, proving once and for all that good things really do come in twos.

You can catch the double at The Girls School until 30th January 2022. TICKETS

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FRINGEWORLD 2022 | Down Rebound | 4.5 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Meet Simon and Ben. They’re two guys who love to hang out and do acrobatics together. They’re also best friends in complete awe of each other’s talents. Together, they show off their counterpart’s skills with genuine affection and support – it’s more than just physically holding each other up (which they do will great strength) but standing on each other’s shoulders to help them walk taller. It’s also a fun and energetic show filled with great tricks, incredible feats of strength, and brilliant synergy. And did I mention it’s family friendly as well?

Down Rebound is a candid and intimate exploration of the circus genre. It takes the performers’ anxieties, worries, and confidences and weaves them around each of the tricks and skills. Stacked on top of Ben’s shoulders, Simon introduces him with humour, gentle teasing, and humanises his perceived weaknesses. Ben is afraid of injury, or rather concerned that his lifespan as a performer is dwindling. From underneath Simon, Ben introduces his friend – he reveals Simon’s fear that he will not be able to grasp new skills or even upskill and become stagnant. These vulnerabilities are ironically and poignantly expressed while they are both displaying incredible strength and support for one another. This thematic banter continues throughout the show in the form of water breaks where they joke and also get real with each other as if the audience isn’t there.

It turns out that neither performer should worry because they are wonderfully accomplished, phenomenal talents. There are incredible feats of juggling and balance so impressive your jaw will remain firmly planted on the floor for the rest of the show, fantastic handstands that include a lesson in technique, and gravity-defying rope antics. The camaraderie here is inspirational – Simon’s brilliant foray into contemporary circus is buffered by Ben’s hilarious pisstake (painting with a beret) but it’s not rude, there is a lot of love between these two and it’s wonderful to see.

The folks of Down Rebound help each other to do just that – rebound when they’re down. Their open embracing of things going wrong is inspiring, and their honest depiction of circus life only serves to enhance the awe audiences feel watching their amazing skills on show. This show is unmissable, so get yourself out the The Girls School and have a great time with the boys from Down Rebound.

You can catch the boys of Down Rebound at The Girls School until 6th February 2022. TICKETS

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