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Melbourne Fringe 2016

5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche, Melbourne Fringe 2016

No Comments 12 October 2016

Words by Fabrice Wilmann 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche is a laugh-riot affair, an engaging production that will leave you with a hankering for quiche and some good lesbian company to share it with. It’s 1956 and the Cold War is at its peak, but even the threat of nuclear annihilation won’t stop the charming widows […]

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Completely Improvised Shakespeare, Melbourne Fringe 2016

No Comments 12 October 2016

Words by Fabrice Wilmann “Sometimes it works, sometimes it fails, but that’s what we face when we’re dealing with improvisation.” Jan Garbarek Improvisation is an art. It can be a hideously butchered experience if the actors are not skilled in listening to each other or are unable to adapt to their surroundings. But when done […]

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Bombshells, Melbourne Fringe 2016

No Comments 10 October 2016

Words by Fabrice Wilmann Bombshells is a standout hit from the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival. A poignant, lyrical, and droll exploration of what it means to be a woman. Written by Joanna Murray-Smith, Bombshells is a play of six monologues each depicting six characters, first performed in 2001. Presented in a new format, emerging ensemble […]

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Wham Bam Thank You Slam, Melbourne Fringe 2016

No Comments 04 October 2016

Words by Brianna Bullen Ladies and gentlemen, tonight was the night for slammers, spectacle, and simulation. And more than a little silliness. In an event marketed as poets (verbally) slamming it out in boxing gloves, it would be disappointing if it wasn’t. In the industrial setting of the perfectly-punny Second Story Studios, the audience sits […]

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Can’t Be Tamed, Melbourne Fringe 2016

No Comments 04 October 2016

Words by Fabrice Wilmann  How fitting that a performance in homage to Miley Cyrus be, in and of itself, an absolute and utter train wreck. Can’t Be Tamed is a show that attempts to delve into the consciousness of the controversial pop star, but in so doing has presented us with a hallucinatory mindscape that […]

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NXT LVL Infinity, Melbourne Fringe 2016

No Comments 04 October 2016

Words by Eliza Janssen Curmudgeonly equation of social media obsession and religious idolatry isn’t exactly a fresh idea. The mere mention of any non-analogue technology in the immediate radius of an older relative is enough to spark cries of ‘you kids worship those things!’ NXT LVL infinity, an interactive sci-fi play devised by Hot Box, […]

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Salty, Melbourne Fringe 2016

No Comments 04 October 2016

Words by Eliza Janssen Toyol. Orang Minyak. Pontianak. None of these names were familiar to me before Salty, a horror-comedy in three acts which seeks to familiarise Australian audiences with these Singaporean ghouls, and to equate them to such relevant social phobias as parenting and male entitlement. Terrifying stuff, I know. But creator and performer […]

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Onstage Dating, Melbourne Fringe 2016

No Comments 04 October 2016

Words by Brianna Bullen Question: Do you believe in love? Bron Batten has spent months in the lead up to Fringe dating across Europe “for research purposes,” and the results are “bleak.” Centuries of evolution and courtship rituals have been swiped left as technology mediates ‘love’ (okay, unexpected flows of oxytocin) through a screen. A […]

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Cull, Melbourne Fringe 2016

No Comments 26 September 2016

Words by Brianna Bullen #dancelikenobodyiswatching #literalsexkitten #nothingissafe #DIVERSITY #cultofZuckerberg   #NelsonMandelasaid #MEME #LIKESHARECULL #thisisgettingkindofdark #davidlynchmeetsyoutubepoop #LITERALLYstars  #surrealsketchcomedymostlysurface #butsexyandbiting #surrealpostmodernfun The cast of Cull are unabashedly confident when mocking the usual suspects of social media: from cat videos to fit-bros and ‘the informed’ (“what even is Syria, anyway?”), to Wi-Fi demanders and the false confidence of online […]

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The Sequel, Melbourne Fringe 2016

No Comments 26 September 2016

Words by Eliza Janssen  There’s a full reservoir of saliva in my mouth, but I’m afraid that with the agonising silence on stage, a gulp would get too much attention; sounds of other audience members swallowing and shifting convince me to hold out. Finally, the cast of dance piece The Sequel give in, and begin […]

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