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SUMMER NIGHTS 2022 | Takatapui | REVIEW

Review | Laura Money

Writer and performer Daley Rangi slowly but surely details the events of a single night of a (bad doesn’t even come close) dating experience. Amidst a haunting soundscape elegantly designed by Anesu Matondo, the effect of candid storytelling akin to a beat poet’s is jolting in its impact. Armed only with a microphone, a mixing board, and a magnetic personality they unpack the events with an emotionally haunting eloquence. Takatapui is a proud piece of theatre that invites you in for a symbolic embrace (Daley doesn’t like physical ones) and holds you in their kind openness.

Rangi’s commitment to your comfort is refreshingly welcome as they ensure the door remains open. Such a simple gesture is enough to sum up the show – it demonstrates kindness, an understanding of healing processes, and invites contemplation – all present in Rangi’s story. Interspersed between explorations of sound, random thoughts, philosophical ones, and disco interludes, Takatapui is part story and part philosophy, it both recounts it and reflects on it, hoping that by thinking deeply around trauma one can rewrite the narrative. Rangi’s is a powerful voice in the world. They probe their bruises and display them as badges of honour but wish they weren’t there at all. The story is approached in a free written monologue that is lyrical and humourous and painfully beautiful. It experiments with sound and manipulates parts of the story to provide a bigger impact – horrendous refrains of hate language on repeat but altered in an attempt to parody them into insignificance.

Takatapui deftly pulls the chaotic thoughts from a neurodivergent head and weaves them into a stunning piece of spoken word literature. Rangi is an instantly sympathetic figure, enveloping the audience with their emotional prose and gentle soul. The intensity rises in parts, spiking when recalling violence but also anxious thoughts. Strap in to the roller coaster that is Takatapui because although it’s a bit of a scary ride, the view is beautiful and Rangi will keep you safe.

You can catch all the action with Daley at The Blue Room until 12th February 2022. TICKETS

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SUMMER NIGHTS 2022 | Leo/Taurus/Taurus | REVIEW

Review | Laura Money

Are you INFJ? Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff? What are your humours like? What kind of cupcake are you? These questions and many more are explored in this rich and humourous piece of theatre, stunningly performed by five exceptional talents and created by a loving team of artists. This warm hug of a show explores humanity’s obsession with labels and boxes, proving an innate sense of wanting to fit in and be seen. It’s a fun and fresh approach to an age old phenomenon, and despite being funny it’s also deep and contemplative.

Beginning with the four young performers standing together looking up as constellations are projected throughout the room. The gentle stylings of live sound designer Georgina Cramond washing over them as they examine people’s obsession with the stars – astrology and astronomy alike. Ruby Liddelow, Andrea Lim, Lily Murrell and Lainey O’Sullivan all take a different way of categorising people and explore it in a series of spoken word pieces, sketches, dance, comedy, and song that are fun and memorable. From the little singing plant who wants to meet their perfect Taurus owner, to the Four Humours enjoying very different experiences at King’s Park the show is punctuated by contemplation and introspection. Cramond’s sound design and music is stunning – vibing with the performers in a perfect match. Their chemistry is heartwarming, and this cute little indie show will keep you grinning all night, even as you try to figure out what kind of personality you have.

Murrell is hilarious as she attempts to guess an audience member’s star sign based on a series of questions. The idea of star signs, these little feudal system-rigid trait spinners is scrutinised alongside more ancient ideas. Murrell also slays as a Kinsey-type professor delivering a ‘Bed Talk’ about love languages. Nods and chuckles of assent as people recognise their traits turning to laughter at her whacky antics. Liddelow tackles ancient ideals with a humour-filled explanation of the humours – her calm demeanour playful and not quite convincing. Lim is so funny leaning into the #metime stereotype and gives an impassioned monologue about identity in a moment of introspection. It is O’Sullivan however that has the task of delving into the Meyer’s-Briggs test and approaches it in a hilarious Russian accented piece of audience participation that is eagerly received.

As much fun as it is putting oneself in a box and agreeing to personality tests when they’re flattering (hello Gryffindor) but scoffing when they’re not (Hufflepuff? Huff…), Leo/Taurus/Taurus recognises the dangers of relying too much on arbitrary forces or questions to determine identity. Autonomy, wisdom, experience, and intuition all combine to create our distinctions – a conclusion drawn by the amazing devisors of the show. But then again, Murrell is right when it comes to the audience member’s star sign, so who knows? From this Ravenclaw, Sanguine, ENTP, Pisces reviewer, I say it’s still a topic worth exploring. Oh, I’m also a vanilla-matcha cupcake, FYI!

You can see which type you are at The Blue Room until 12th February 2022. TICKETS

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SUMMER NIGHTS 2022 | The Ugly | REVIEW

Review | Laura Money

Is desire ugly? In a society where social currencies lie in your hotness or your meekness how can anyone’s desires be anything but? Phoebe Sullivan and Joe Paradise Lui strip desire to its elements in a blistering attack on gendered, racial, and political lenses, shattering normalised perceptions into rose-coloured shards along the way. In a guns-blazing attack, The Cowboy and The Showgirl give cultural stereotypes the ride of their lives. So buckle in and don’t forget to holler and cheer because this is one show you don’t want to sleep on.

The Ugly takes typical tropes and parodies them in a dark and funny disfigurement – twisting and laying bare the sinister nature of stereotypes. Sullivan is The Hot Blonde Slut crudely sexual, lewdly shaking her body in a poorly drawn caricature of burlesque. Nicole Marrington’s stunning red costume packing a punch as Sullivan embraces discomfort, bouncing about to Bobby Russell’s eerily realistic showgirl choreography. With a big dumb smile plastered on her face, the sexually provocative movements rendered grotesque by Sullivan’s overt cries of pleasure. The male gaze is broken down and scrutinised itself in a pattern of eyes upon the garments and by Lui talking the audience through the process. As Lui narrates the exchange between performer and voyeur he holds society accountable for misogynistic cultural constructs that dictate a particular performance. Sullivan invites you to probe the performative nature of women’s bodies in public under the ever-present panopticon of the male gaze.

Lui displays impressive musical talent, writing and performing original songs that all have a soulful quality, spewing truths from his impassioned guitars. He is Yellow Fever – an Asian stereotype incarnate – complete with Asian silk robes, tassels, lucky red, and cowboy boots. Well, the boots are more like slippers but they serve a purpose – demonstrating the silent subservient nature of the Asian stereotype. He sings a hilarious yet dark folk song called ‘Yellow Fever’ that examines Asian bodies and is particularly pertinent in pandemic times – a stunning metaphor tackling harmful attitudes.

As the show unravels – surreal at first with a distinct avant-garde tone – Sullivan and Lui express their actual desires. Lui just wants to be seen as a sexual being and Sullivan wants to shy away from the glare of constant sexualisation. In a blistering tirade, Sullivan lashes out at the misogyny and patriarchal constructs that should never have been manifested yet continue to hound women and those who identify as femme. Lui and Sullivan’s friendship is touching as Lui apologises to Sullivan in a heartfelt expression of love and is subsequently encouraged by Sullivan to be the beautiful, sexy person he is. The Ugly puts notions of sex, race, and more distinctly under the microscope and probes them unforgivingly. It flips the idea that the performer’s desires are unconventional and ugly and exposes the normalised ideals of sexiness and racial stereotypes as brutal and crude – the mainstream is The Ugly.

You can catch all The Ugly at The Blue Room Theatre until 12th February 2022. TICKETS

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SUM UP SUMMER NIGHTS | Michelle Endersby | Leo/Taurus/Taurus

Michelle Endersbee is the Director and Designer of Leo/Taurus/Taurus a newly devised theatre piece currently on at The Blue Room Theatre as part of their SUMMER NIGHTS 2022 programme. We caught up ahead of the show to see what we can expect.

What is your show about?

Leo/Taurus/Taurus is about identity, and the languages we use to work out what that is.
There is a long history of human beings trying to figure out who they are and their place in the world; astrology has been around a lot longer than most religions; this doesn’t make it necessarily any more true, but I think its staying power speaks to our collective desire to be understood.

Through songs, poetry, music, and storytelling, we’re going to explore the languages we use in our search for who we are – from Myers-Briggs to Hogwarts Houses.

Favourite part of the show, no spoilers!

There is so much goodness it’s hard to say! There is a pretty amazing song written by one of the cast that I’ve had stuck in my head for weeks that I can’t wait to share with audiences (and for it to get stuck in their heads too).

How important is the Summer Nights program to the Perth Theatre scene? 

SO Important! The support and guidance we’re receiving from The Blue Room Theatre is so valuable and inspiring. The program is chock full of incredible WA talent, and the opportunity to make shows alongside other emerging artists, and some more seasoned pros, is such a privilege.

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

All of them look so good! But She’s Terribly Greedy has our very own Lily Murrell performing in it, so that’s a must see. I think that’s all I’ll say, otherwise I’ll probably just list the entire program.

Describe your show in 3 words:

Sparkly identity crisis.

You can catch Leo/Taurus/Taurus at The Blue Room Theatre until 12th 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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SUM UP SUMMER NIGHTS | Phoebe Sullivan & Joe Paradise Lui | The Ugly

Phoebe Sullivan and Joe Lui are Perth theatre makers making their mark on the scene. Their devised work, The Ugly is currently on at The Blue Room Theatre as part of their Summer Nights programme. We caught up with them to see what the show is going to be like.

What is your show about?

Joe: The Ugly is about desire and the reasons beneath.
It is about why we want who we want, and who we don’t want
It is also, and mainly, about how hot we both are, which is to say: extremely.

Phoebe: Yes.

Favourite part of the show, no spoilers!

Phoebe: At one point in the show, I yell out in a moment of ecstasy, “Oh yes – pound my bell curve”! And I really love that bit.

Joe: My favourite part is when Phoebe talks about her desire.

How important is the Summer Nights program to the Perth Theatre scene?

Joe: Very.

Phoebe: It’s always a privilege to be able to put on work at a venue you know will support its artists, and one that also has such a strong connection with their audience.

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

Joe: Salome Delta.

Phoebe: Another non Summer Nights show would be, “Kind Regards, Michelle Aitken”

Describe your show in 3 words:

Jhoebe: Hot-Wet-Hardness

You can catch all The Ugly at The Blue Room Theatre until 12th 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.