Melbourne Fringe: F*#king with Gender

Fucking with Gender. Melbourne Fringe

After seeing Gender Spanner, the show directly following it at Scratch Warehouse, F*#king with Gender, all seemed a bit too safe – if beautiful to look at. Taking its inspirations from Strindberg’s A Dream Play and vaudeville, this show has a bit of everything: a splash of immersive experience, a dash of audience participation, some… Read more.

Review: High Society, Hayes Theatre Co

High Society at Hayes Theatre Co. Image by Kurt Sneddon

High Society is not a high point in programming at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre. Cole Porter is a witty, lively, sensitive and influential writer, and his songs are highly universal but not, in this instance, highly adaptable:  the show, and this production at the Hayes, is discordant to the point that it feels trapped in the… Read more.

Melbourne Fringe: Seen & Heard

Seen & Heard, Melbourne Fringe

It is all too easy for the perception of artists who inhabit primarily visual disciplines to extend no further than the physical entity that they present on stage – a vision of the drag queen, the dancer, the circus performer, the burlesque artist. Seen & Heard entirely disables this perception, dropping the pretence of the… Read more.

Melbourne Fringe: Isabel and Rachel in Prime!

Isabel and Rachel in PRIME! Melbourne Fringe

The fear sets in when the pre-show music is Enya. What if it’s a feminist performance-art triggering sacred-vagina dance? It is. With cloaks, poetry and a sperm mime performed by the Sisters of the Moon. But Rachel Davis and Isabel Angus are under those cloaks… Isabel and Rachel are finding their fresh, unique and insanely hilarious voice… Read more.

Melbourne Fringe: Minnie & Mona Play Dead

Minnie and Mona Play Dead. Melbourne Fringe

Minnie and Mona like to play. Minnie wants to play first date, to play ants, to be a unicorn with a cheeky secret. Mona just wants to play dead. To be dead. Suicide is a tough subject and The Last Great Hunt know this. It’s a tough subject to talk about, to write about and… Read more.

Melbourne Fringe: La Petit Mort

La Petite Mort, Melbourne Fringe

Neo Radio delivers a slick and exceptionally silly film-noir-detective-thriller-jukebox-musical-romp in La Petite Mort. With flavours of classic 1940s noir by way of The Goon Show, the whole adventure is exceedingly camp and ridiculous, and rendered with a perfect blend of smokey sex appeal and cheeky liveliness by a stunning vocal cast. Sam Qualtrough is affable… Read more.

Review: Kinski and I, Sydney Fringe Festival

Kinski and I, CJ Johnson's play

German actor Klaus Kinski (1926-1991) was an emotionally unstable, self-proclaimed sex addict. His autobiography recounted, in gleeful detail, his appallingly destructive obsessions. Two lawsuits led to its pulping. Kinski simply published another one. But at least one copy of the original survived and fell into the hands of ABC film reviewer CJ Johnson, who based his show… Read more.

Melbourne Fringe: Steppe

Steppe.Melbourne Fringe

Experiencing Steppe at 707 Operations, it struck me that, for the people of Poland during the Second World War, there was no least worst option. The Nazis had come from the west, and then the Bolsheviks came from the east. For many, you were going to end up on a train either way. Steppe is… Read more.

Melbourne Fringe: Sophisticated Lady

Sophisticated Lady, Melbourne Fringe

This is no ‘greatest hits’ tribute show. Sophisticated Lady strips away the gloss of idolism from three of the most influential and iconic figures of jazz to examine the humanity beneath. Showcased here are three profoundly strong and talented women, coloured by their vulnerabilities and imperfections, doing their best to navigate the personal, professional and… Read more.

Melbourne Fringe: Welcome to Nowhere

Welcome to Nowhere. Melbourne Fringe

An exciting new initiative between Malthouse Theatre and Monash University, Welcome to Nowhere gives us five brand new plays written by some of Australia’s most fascinating playwrights: Angus Cerini, Zoey Dawson, Daniel Keene, Fleur Kilpatrick and Morgan Rose. Rose’s New Bright Future is the highlight of the five. Hilarious, dark and bizarre, this piece also… Read more.