Fringe World Perth 2013

5-Step Guide to Being German

No Comments 31 January 2013

5-Step Guide to Being German Rosie O’Grady’s Twentieth-century German philosopher Martin Heidegger is famous for two reasons. The first is Being and Time, his 500-page exploration of the word “being” (the major argument of which runs that in order to understand anything properly, one must first understand who is doing the understanding). The second thing […]

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Fringe World Perth 2013

It’s Me Dayne

No Comments 31 January 2013

It’s Me Dayne Noodle Palace Review: Ella Bennett   Dayne Rathbone isn’t your run-of-the-mill stand-up comedian, and not just because he spends a good portion of his show sitting down, reading a children’s book he’s written under the pseudonym ‘Quincy Spense.’ It’s tricky to summarise – even without a word limit – but it’s not […]

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Fringe World Perth 2013

Hidden Agenda

No Comments 30 January 2013

As I arrived at the Circus Theatre for Hidden Agenda, my first-ever Fringe World event, knowing little more than what could be found in the festival program about the band with a penchant for light rock, blues, funk and jazz from eras past, I had no idea what to expect. Entering the Circus Tent, the […]

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Barry Morgan: Organ is Not a Dirty Word

No Comments 30 January 2013

The lights dimmed, a finely coiffed perm emerged, a dazzling smile twinkled with boyish glee and a moustache that would put Tom Selleck to shame bristled with anticipation. Barry Morgan, the finest purveyor of musical organs, was a sight to behold. With a quick flourish of his meticulously manicured hands we were transported to his […]

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Fringe World Perth 2013

Pretending Things Are A Cock

No Comments 30 January 2013

Pretending Things Are A Cock De Parade Teatro 2, Perth Cultural Centre A pubescent male joke about penises continued into a career – how could this be anything but vulgar and offensive? In his one man show Pretending Things Are A Cock, and its associated blog, website and book, Jon Bennett has found a way […]

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Kick! Peter Van Hoesen

No Comments 30 January 2013

Kick! Peter Van Hoesen The Bakery Main Space, January 26 2013 I have never walked into a gig in which there was only one person there. Add to this the fact this person was dancing determinedly to techno music with a cape on, and one can imagine the apprehension I felt when I entered the […]

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Fringe World Perth 2013

Soul to Soul (I Have A Dream)

No Comments 30 January 2013

Soul to Soul (I Have A Dream) The West Australian Idolize Spiegeltent Friday, January 25 In a scene from The Sapphires Chris O’Dowd’s character Dave explains the difference between rock and roll and soul music, emphasising the latter’s sense of determination to fight for a way out of the shadows of the blues and stressing […]

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Fringe World Perth 2013

Pat Burtscher’s Breaking Even

No Comments 29 January 2013

Pat Burtscher doesn’t want to be in the red anymore, and Breaking Even is his shot at a comedy hour that doesn’t leave him in debt simply for his love of telling jokes. It’s also an honest, off-kilter and solidly hilarious presentation of unique solutions to the problems of the world, from an energetic and […]

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Fringe World Perth 2013

Classical vs Jazz

No Comments 28 January 2013

The musician and songwriter Joanna Newsom once described her harp as an artificial limb, speaking what the rest of her found to be beyond words. Confirmed by an epilogue of quotes from Hans Christian Andersen, Claude Debussy and Primal Scream, this performance by classical harpist Catherine Ashley and jazz harpist Michelle Smith is an unconventional exploration of music as language. It would be straightforward to placate the audience’s desire to see an elegant, passive mermaid be derailed by a creature from Hades. Yet despite a name that suggests a fight and an abundance of red fairy lights, the performance does not descend into a cliché of heavenly and diabolical drama.

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