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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FRINGEWORLD 2022 | Britingo! | 4.5 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Alright chavs and ladettes – get your velour tracksuits on, grab a hot cuppa, and get yourself down to the bingo hall because Britingo! is a baller of a time! What more could you want out of a Friday or Saturday night than a couple of Brits shouting numbers at you in a tent in Northbridge? Now, it sounds like I made that up, but that’s essentially what Britingo! is – and we love every second of it. From witty puns (number one, up ya bum!) to musical cues that absolutely hit, Britingo! is the most fun you’ll have without actually gambling and you might even pick up a prize. But let’s face it – you’re all winners being able to experience the wonderfully weird atmosphere of the show.

What can you expect out of Britingo!? A balls-to-the-wall evening of hilarity! Andrew and Amy set the rules early – and you don’t want to divert from them because one transgression means you don’t win the prize – and who wouldn’t want some English Breakfast tea bags or Irn Bru? Make no mistake, this is genuine even if Andrew struggles not to joke with every ball toss. Amy and Andrew have the best chemistry – their dance skills are slick and funny, and their banter is bang on. Andrew has the energy of a raver – absolutely wired the whole night long.

It’s a British extravaganza with jokes that Andrew and Amy double down on, like the ‘2 Become 1’ musical cue that extends to a full Spice Girls medley – it takes you out of the game momentarily and chair dancing is mandatory. So tizz yourself up, pull your hair into a Croydon facelift, and get on with a bit of Britingo! You’ll need more than a Bex and a lie down after this wild night out!

You can join in on the action until 5th February 2022. TICKETS

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FRINGEWORLD 2022 | Luke Bolland: Bubble Boy | 4 Stars

Review | Laura Money

The incomparable Luke Bolland has done it again! Off the back of his biggest year of comedy that never happened, Bolland brings an honest and hilarious account of life in Perth’s Covid bubble in Bubble Boy. Bolland recounts the annus horribilus of 2021 through the eyes of a top notch comedian, grounded in his hometown. There is love for our many attributes, a gentle ribbing of Gosnells, and a few domestic stories too. Bolland may be stuck here, but we’re pretty lucky that he his – a year ‘off’ has only served to sharpen his talent and allowed him to craft a finely tuned hour of comedy.

A few years ago, Bolland won a competition that was going to send him on tour to the USA. In 2021. I’ll let that one sink in. The cheery Bolland manages to see the bright side instead honing his skills on a tour of…southwest WA. That’s right, folks, this show is a whole hour of stories about Perth! As mundane as this sounds, Bolland’s tounge-in-cheek jibes against the Forrest Place cactus sculpture and having a cheeky dig at Gosnells in front of bikies is so funny as it hits home. Bolland crafts a brilliant show – with stories that are reprised, he is the callback King. Honestly, everything is perfectly set up from nasty nannas to hilarious one-upmanship with his wife, Bolland just nails it.

Bubble Boy is a masterclass in stand-up comedy. Bolland doesn’t just tell jokes, he breaks down the art of stand-up, explaining how to craft material and demonstrating his fifteen years in the industry with flair. He artfully jokes about wanting to go to the US so he can show them what realistic Aussie men look like – this joke regarding self-depreciating body image is subtly peppered throughout the whole show, culminating in the payoff. Bolland takes the theme of bagging out Perth but keeps us all onside, eyes twinkling as he explains that Perth is the state that every other state makes fun of. He laughs but in the manner of ‘only we can say it’ – like making fun of a sibling. Luke Bolland: Bubble Boy is the hottest show about Perth in Perth – because it can’t go anywhere else!

You can catch Bubble Boy at The Pleasure Garden until 13th February 2022. TICKETS

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FRINGEWORLD 2022 | Andrew Silverwood: What’s your Favourite Beanie Baby? | 4.5 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Alright – question of the century – What’s Your Favourite Beanie Baby? Not just an arbitrary FRINGEWORLD 2022 comedy show title, brilliant Brit Andrew Silverwood is genuinely interested – as long as your answer is (spoiler alert) the little brown bat because it can hug the other Beanie Babies. And that, folks is the extent of the Beanie Baby content for the show! Silverwood’s hilariously unique brand of brash observations and personal stories combine in a smashing set of comedy that you’ll still be laughing about long after you’ve left the tent.

Silverwood works the crowd from the outset – standing in line he banters with people over their facial hair, drinks choice and more. He affably greets everyone as they enter the tent, accurately predicting the latecomers. Suitably relaxed, the audience is then treated to opening act Shash Kapur promoting his solo show, From Mumbai With Love. His humour is great, clean and funny, turning racial stereotypes on their head and keeping everyone smiling with his charismatic energy.

There’s no real theme to this show, just hilarious observations – seriously Western Australians are pretty strange when it comes to their cars, unique stories including watching bat migrations from shipping containers in the middle of fields – too specific to be anything but true! Silverwood is at the top of his game with his audience interaction – he takes banter to the next level. From chatting to nurses about what the strangest thing they’ve found up people’s bottoms is (apparently it’s always lightbulbs) to 90s children’s television characters, and even becoming an aging hipster – way too relatable for this Dangerfield clad reviewer! Silverwood’s silver tongue is sharp and quick with a quip, his friendly nature feels like the funny mate regaling you with stories at the pub, and they’re always hilarious.

You can find out what Andrew’s favourite Beanie Baby is at the Pleasure Garden until 30th 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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