Melbourne Fringe 2011

Snatches

No Comments 07 October 2011

Directed by Lynne Ellis and featuring emerging RMIT writers, performers and friends, Snatches is a production of short plays, readings, dance and standup comedy. Having little knowledge on the history of Snatches (which is in its 12th year, according to the program), I went into this performance with lower expectations. I was extremely surprised. The […]

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Melbourne Fringe 2011

Bluey by Phil Spencer

No Comments 07 October 2011

It’s safe to say Phil Spencer’s solo performance will be the only show at the Fringe Festival that will have you browsing monkey puppets on eBay well into the morning. In Bluey, Spencer uses a monkey puppet Alfred to tell the story of his father, a British RAF Sergeant sent off to Iraq for six […]

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Melbourne Fringe 2011

Mystic Bubblegum

No Comments 07 October 2011

Throw together two fourteen year old besties, a magical crystal and an octopus stripper with massive mammaries, and the colourful result is ‘Mystic Bubblegum’, a live art show which mashes Harry Potter, The Labyrinth and flamboyantly ridiculous costumes and burst of songs enough to make the likes of The Mighty Boosh jealous. ‘Mystic Bubblegum’ turn […]

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Melbourne Fringe 2011

Fiona O’Loughlin in Don’t Get Me Started

No Comments 06 October 2011

What an experience. I have never been so emotionally moved, looking back it almost doesn’t seem real. Fiona filled more than one person’s eyes with tears at the end and it wasn’t from laughter. No.  It was sad. Sad to watch a lady with such talent breakdown before us. I just don’t know what to […]

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Melbourne Fringe 2011

Aqueous – Nature’s Elements

No Comments 06 October 2011

Abstract art is perhaps one of the most misunderstood, complex and insulted types of visual art. “I could do that” is the usual scoff quickly followed by a jaw-dropping reaction to the price. Yet time and time again, the general public is proven wrong about the significance and beauty of abstract art. Blue Poles by […]

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Melbourne Fringe 2011

Pond

No Comments 06 October 2011

“We won’t wear our headphones in anger, or go to sleep in anger…I will not eat cashews because you can’t…and we will never, ever leave.” Pond opens with a voiceover and a couple undressing each other gently, methodically but decidedly dispassionately, bathed in fluorescent light. They get dressed and climb into bed. Turn their laptops […]

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The American Astronaut

No Comments 04 October 2011

The opening monologue of New Holland Theatre’s The American Astronaut ends with the line “This is the story of how I became a father. And oh yeah, it’s my birthday.” This non-sequiteur, accompanied by an eerily piercing look from the play’s antagonist, Professor Hess (Tim Camilleri), sets the tone for a thrillingly bizarre, out of […]

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Melbourne Fringe 2011

Dave Callan’s Radio Gaga

1 Comment 04 October 2011

Contrary to popular belief, Dave Callan’s Radio Gaga doesn’t have much to do with the certain Lady that springs to mind. Instead, it’s an exploration of the mid-dawn radio culture on one of Australia’s best-loved radio stations, drawn from Callan’s own experiences hosting The Graveyard Shift on Triple J in 2005. Radio Gaga is a […]

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Melbourne Fringe 2011

Felicity Ward’s (ill-timed, week long) Christmas Special

1 Comment 03 October 2011

Felicity Ward is one of “those people,” a Christmas fanatic who adores all the Christmas kitsch. She’s had the Christmas tree up for so long - since 2008- that she has discovered it’s multi-purpose as both festive décor and a clothes rack. The ill-timed Christmas show is as jam-packed as Santa’s Christmas sack with fart jokes, nativity trivia, role-playing and plenty of special guests. Anything goes in this show - well it is Christmas after all.

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Fourplay by Sergi Belbel

No Comments 03 October 2011

There’s palpable excitement and definite anticipation present in the audience as it prepares itself for a play about, well… uh, something they’re still not entirely sure of. But then, surely that’s the thrill of attending a production ambiguously billed only as “a postmodernist bedroom farce”? Fourplay is the latest offering from director Scott Gooding’s theatre […]

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