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Five With Fringe | Elise Wilson | Love Slaps | FRINGEWORLD 2023

Elise Wilson is one of the hilarious creatives behind comedy show Love Slaps playing as part of State of Play and FRINGEWORLD 2023. We caught up with her ahead of the show to see what it’s all about.

What is your show about?

A line up of Perth’s funniest female improvisers take on audience’s ideas about dating, romance and singledom to make up an entirely new and hilarious show each night. We’ll go on an absurdly funny adventure and things will no doubt get ridiculous.

Favourite part of the show, no spoilers!

At one point each show, one of the performers gets slapped. It’ll likely happen during a plot twist or a character betrayal, when you’d want to throw a drink in the character’s face but we can’t carry around a martini for the whole show, so instead the character gets slapped. Yes, a real slap – we’ve been practising how to do it safely.

What do you think people will get out of your show?

Dating and romance can suck, but it can also slap, in the colloquial “it’s fun/great” meaning of “slaps” (I’ve had to explain the dual definition of “slaps” to non-Tik-Tokers). Audiences are going to have a wild ride and should be prepared for things to get silly and imaginative.

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

We’re also improvising in The Little Hoo Haa, which is for the kiddos, and can recommend other shows at State of Play like Vehicle, Improv DND, as well as The Underground at the Rechabite.

Describe your show in 3 words:

Silly, spontaneous, slappy

You can catch all the slaps at the State Theatre Centre WA until 4th February 2023. 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 2023 | Feeling Way Too Good: Songs of Michael Buble | 4.5 Stars

Review | Brandon Shier

Lisa Woodbrook wants you to know how good she’s feeling. She’s feeling way too good about getting older, about crying, about being single, but she’s especially feeling way too good about performing for you the songbook of everyone’s favourite crooner, Michael Bublé, in her show Feeling Way Too Good: Songs of Michael Bublé. Dressed vibrantly in a pink blazer and pants that match her infectious energy, engaging in playful musings on life, how could the audience not feel way too good as well?

Over the course of an hour, she charmingly channels Bublé, backed by a five-piece band as they perform his original songs such as “Haven’t Met You Yet” and “Everything”, and the songs he’s made famous for a more contemporary audience, such as “Sway” and “Feelin’ Good”, all of which she performs with such easy confidence and a playful swagger. Watching her fit right in with the band but also stand out, you really do get the sense that the self-proclaimed “strong independent woman who can reverse parallel park” is really enjoying herself, effortlessly performing vocal athletics with a smile. Woodbrook is not only a talented performer, she’s also a jovial people-person as she keeps audience interaction to the maximum, encouraging us to sing along like we’re WAAPA students, share with her our pet peeves, and just to sway our hands in the air as she sings the more romantic of Bublé’s catalogue. Preceding each song is a hilarious anecdote relating to the song she’s about to sing, for example, bragging about her Frequent Flyer points before taking off with “Come Fly With Me” (pun absolutely intended).

The hour flies by, and could easily go for another (this reviewer wishes she threw in a couple of Bublé’s Christmas carols into the setlist, time of year be damned!), yet the show is flawless, gracefully performed both by Woodbrook and her band, and really will leave you feeling way too good

Go and feel good with Lisa at the State Theatre Centre WA until 29th January 2023. TICKETS

Keep up with The Fourth Wall on Facebook and @fourth_wall_media on Instagram to see what we’re up to this FRINGEWORD 2023.

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 2023 | The Listies – Make Some Noise! | 4.5 Stars

Review | Laura Money

The Listies are in Perth and ready to Make Some Noise! This hilarious duo have honed their skills and know exactly how to get an audience of kids and their adults up on their feet, dancing and cheering. Using timeless comedy techniques, Rich and Matt present a music show like no other. Straight man Rich just wants to put on a good show, maybe educate the children a bit, play some obscure and highly fragile instruments in a sophisticated and artistically stimulated concert. Matt just wants to watch the world burn. Ok, that’s going too far, but Matt really is so loud and rambunctious that he foils Rich every step of the way. It’s a winning combination – madcap, ridiculous energy from Matt, and subtle hilarity from Rich.

The show is all about making noise – from the grand opening number to a history of music with chaotic slides by Matt – getting the audience involved and the see-it-to-believe it ending with some inflatable costumes and a song that will get firmly stuck in your head. Matt’s turn as the baby is when the show really ramps up – his silliness has already been demonstrated as he plays roadie and keeps Rich on his toes, so when the pair need a baby, who better to turn to than the ball of energy that is Matt. The baby’s refrain of “iPad? But I waaaant it” will make every parent shudder and laugh at the same time.

The Listies – Make Some Noise! is the quintessential kid’s show. Every song is hilarious, every dance move on point, and every audience interaction lands. These guys are great with a crowd – they know children well enough to contain their energy while also whipping them up into a frenzy – now that’s talent.

You can catch all the whacky fun at the State Theatre Centre WA until 29th January 2023. TICKETS

Keep up with The Fourth Wall on Facebook and @fourth_wall_media on Instagram to see what we’re up to this FRINGEWORD 2023.

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 2023 | Bogan Shakespeare Presents: Hamlet | 5 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Ah, Hamlet – that classic tale of intrigue, existential crises, lost love, and of course, ear poisoning. Bogan Shakespeare have been boganising the bard for yonks – this year it’s Hamlet and they got an upgrade straight to business class – The Heath Ledger Theatre! Presented as part of State of Play the bogans are back and this time they’re going for gold.

Parodying perhaps the most well known adaptation of Hamlet – revered 90s animated classic The Lion King – the crew sing to the refrain of ‘get-a-tinnie-and-a-Tim-tam-in-ya’ (don’t pretend you don’t know the tune!) and take the piss out of every single bit of the play – did I mention ear poisoning? Set in Denmark, WA Hamlet returns from studying communications in the big smoke for his father’s funeral only to find his Mum’s gone all hippy and shacked up with his uncle – who is super dodgy and totally killed his Dad. Exposition over, Hamlet introduces his ‘friend’ Horatio and doesn’t seem to be fooling anyone except Ophelia who is gagging for it!

The skill of Bogan Shakespeare is in what is changed. They have nailed the outrageous by totally taking the piss. The Crown becomes the pub, Yorrick Hamlet’s childhood dog, and the play within a play is perhaps Bogan Shakespeare at their finest – a bingo game. Rosie and Gildo read out the numbers with the usual jokes – 22 two fat ducks, legs 11, you definitely killed my Dad, you horrible murdering bastard – that kind of thing.

Choosing Hamlet has its advantages as the plot is so well known so many of the laughs are anticipatory – however I would argue that it’s actually the staple Bogan Shakespeare traditions that people are really going nuts for. The hilarious fourth wall breaking when speaking in asides, literally explaining the whole plot and then just letting it play out, knowing smiles and laughs at the crowd and of course the ghost scene. Yes, they have The Heath Ledger Theatre and still use a sheet and it is glorious.

Bogan Shakespeare Presents: Hamlet is their finest hour. It hilariously and introspectively breaks Shakespeare down and simultaneously ridicules and reveres the script. All the snaps for rewriting Ophelia’s fate 500 years later and sensitively portraying Hamlet’s pain whilst just quietly having a bit of a dig at notions of masculinity. Of course, no Bogan Shakespeare experience would be complete without the blergh every time someone dies, so let’s just say there are a lot of blerghs onstage because you killed it!

You can catch all of the bogan angsty action at the State Theatre WA until 29th January 2023. TICKETS

Keep up with The Fourth Wall on Facebook and @fourth_wall_media on Instagram to see what we’re up to this FRINGEWORD 2023.

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 2023 | Jamie Mykaela: FLOOZY | 4.5 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Self-confessed FLOOZY, Jamie Mykaela is not back in Perth to make friends – she’s back to annihilate the ones who abandoned her when she broke up with Perth. In her one woman cabaret showcase, Jamie is open and raw – ripping her heart still beating from her chest and throwing it on the ground for us to worship. Too much? Jamie’s been called too much. She likes it. Resplendent in a mid-century hooker-red (sex-worker-red!) dress and beehive scraping the ceiling, Jamie is cool. Like, really cool. She strums her electric guitar with casual charm, so effortlessly awesome – the only thing missing is the cigarette hanging from her mouth. The songs match the stories although not all were written for it. From blistering feminist anthems to witheringly morose pity parties each piece is sung with a slight rasp and a knowing smile – like Wanda Jackson if she turned into a pint-sized, foul-mouthed feminist from Perth.

FLOOZY is a 60s style love letter to the emotions of leaving home, not quite fitting into a new place but damn well trying. Through stunning original songs, Jamie tells us her family history, her experiences moving to Oxford (yes that Oxford) and how some relationships are worth mourning, while others clearly aren’t. Jamie’s original songs are heartfelt and heartbreaking with a soulful 60s vibe somewhere between Nancy Sinatra and Brenda Lee. Her stunning vocals are rendered poignant as she bares her soul and recalls her life and how she got to be performing for you today. This unique and beautiful cabaret show is not to be missed. Jamie has learned to love her own company, and you’ll love it too!

You can catch this scorching songstress at the State Theatre WA until 28th January 2023. TICKETS

Keep up with The Fourth Wall on Facebook and @fourth_wall_media on Instagram to see what we’re up to this FRINGEWORD 2023.

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.