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Endangered Species

No Comments 14 October 2011

Shows like Die Pigeon’s Endangered Species are, indeed, truly a rare breed. As I walked out into the Astroturf courtyard of The Parlour in Preston, I found myself marveling that such a strange creature could exist. Endangered Species consisted of two short works, both written and directed by Bridget Mackey. The first piece explored a […]

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Melbourne Fringe 2011

In The Cut: Volume 3

No Comments 14 October 2011

Impressive street art, dope DJs, MCs and then, for good measure, throw in a few sexy saxophones. In The Cut Volume 3 took place in a Carlton basement – its walls covered in artwork – all created by Melbourne street artists. Ranging from impressive full-scale prints of beautiful, curvaceous Native American babes, to cardboard-based political […]

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So You Think You Can Cramps?

No Comments 14 October 2011

Finding another Cramps fan is like finding a fellow member of a secret club. During a rather sweaty cab-ride home from special tribute event, So You Think You Can Cramps, on Saturday night, the driver overheard my compatriots excitable gasps about Poison Ivy and Lux Interior, and spiraled into wistful reminiscences about seeing the psychobilly […]

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An Indecisive Bag of Donuts

No Comments 10 October 2011

As a fellow sufferer (well, more like casualty) of a raging procrastination habit, I feel an affinity with Lawrence Mooney. Not that he necessarily needs my empathy, as even the most pedantic do-gooders are sure to relate with his romp of a show, An Indecisive Bag of Donuts. A 60-minute exploration into the mind traps […]

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A Window In Mime

No Comments 10 October 2011

One…two…three…ghost…scull…sword…the end. Blink and you will miss this different and yet simple adaptation of the well-known Elizabethan tragedy. From the collective minds of local young doctors, directed by Dr Clare Hampson, A Window In Mime is born. Sitting behind the enormous glass windows of the rooftop bar at the Corner Hotel is the ideal setting […]

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Melbourne Fringe 2011

Life is Something

No Comments 09 October 2011

Directed by Vlady T and written by his alter ego Bradley William George Klendo, ‘Life is Something’ addresses the absurdity of life and our chase for its meaning with a decent bunch of odd characters. Mark (Leigh Ormsby) and Cathy (Rebecca Fortuna) love each other but their dissatisfaction with their banal lives start to ebb […]

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Melbourne Fringe 2011

Just Like The Movies

No Comments 09 October 2011

Richmond’s The Owl and the Pussycat is like one of the friendliest haunted houses you’ll ever come across. Stumble, dripping wet from rain, and be led up a dark, creaky staircase, into performance space The Runcible Spoon. Once seated cozily, chat with the handful of audience members and have a glass of red. Don’t be […]

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Melbourne Fringe 2011

The Contortion and Hand-balancing Spectacular!

No Comments 09 October 2011

Stepping off Chapel St and climbing up the stairs to Red Bennies is like going into another world. Red light shines everywhere, candles and cocktails sit on small tables upstairs and there is a small stage that looks like it was transported out of the set of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Red Bennies isn’t […]

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Anything Goes Cabaret: An Evening of Dark Decadence

No Comments 07 October 2011

Anything Goes Cabaret begins, surprisingly, with a history lesson. We are introduced to post-war Berlin, a time where “the rules were thrown out” and life, love and lust were celebrated. This is a warning. The acts range from noir burlesque dance by Miss Kerryx, to manlesque and puppet-like circus acts from Defy, to expressionistic burlesque […]

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Melbourne Fringe 2011

Death in a box…one pussy’s tale!

No Comments 07 October 2011

A haunting chime sets the scene for Mandie Combe’s ‘Death in a box…one pussy’s tale!’ The chime ringing until Combe’s partner, Tony Johannsen enters with guitar in hand and begins his song; his considered lyrics and strong melodies forming the foundations for the rest of the performance. The actors, Combe and Johannsen, are a real […]

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