Mar 18

Glittery Clittery – GOUD – 4K

 

Tessa Waters, Rowena Hudson and Victoria Falconer-Pritchard have come together to deliver a all singing, all dancing spectacular.

This show is three very funny ladies talking about serious and important issues in a humorous way. That’s not to say they are making light of or belittling the significance of these issues. The core issue is always respected and the importance is highlighted, but a dose of comedy is added.

The audience involvement is beautiful. The crowd is dancing, singing, clapping and laughing throughout the hour long performance. Various prizes are used to great effect to lure audience members to the stage (including a consensual pash with Tessa Waters).

Victora Falconer-Pritchard brings her mastery of the keyboard and lyrics combined with the outrageous humour of both Tessa and Rowena, it is truly one of the funniest shows of this year’s fringe. The show has a particularly short run, so I would suggest that you buy tickets immediately!

Mar 16

Fringe Review – Anteworld – Holden St Theatres 4K

Anteworld is a unique and interesting play. A new work from Adelaide playwright, Mark Tripodi. The play focusses on the separation of Eurydice and Orpheus. Eurydice remains in Hades with Persephone, deciding whether it’s best to risk returning to her lover.

A dark and intriguing play which demonstrates not only the playwrights enjoyment of Greek Mythology but also his understanding of the human/demigod psyche. The writing is clear, sharp and pertinent.

The three performers are well suited and act marvellously on stage. Each commanding an entirely new and versatile persona. Persephone is cloudy and distant, all knowing and clearly manipulative. She commanded the stage, just as she would command the room in Hades. Fantastic performances by the other two, but Persephone was the star.

A wonderfully well written play exploring an often overlooked story in Mythology.

Anteworld has a short run, so I strongly encourage you to go and see it while you can!

Mar 16

Fringe Review – Cull – RCC 4K

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Social media is ever present and ever at hand in the 21st century and Patrick Durnan Silva and Honor Wolff from The Very Good Looking Initiative bring this right to the front of mind.

Two good friends, deciding that their social media presence is overwhelming decide to cull some of their activities. As the show progresses the audience sees more and more intense dissection of online habits and content. The duo bring a fun and engaging dialogue to stage, incorporating classic comedy, song and dance to great effect.

With pop culture and media references that are on point, the duo dazzle and dance their way through the show. Combining painful (and hilarious) awkward silences with dazzling song and dance, Cull is a perfect medium for both Durnan Silva and Wolff.

If you’re after a show to make you get off your phone, you’ve found it! Cull is a great show, definitely one ready for gen y’s.

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Mar 16

FRINGE VISUAL ART – 1:1 – FELTspace – 2K

Courtesy of feltspace.org

Courtesy of feltspace.org

In 1:1, artist Sara Morawetz brings to life the essay “On the Impossibility of Drawing a Map of the Empire on a Scale of 1 to 1″ by Umberto Eco. The gallery space is minimalist, with a giant, crumpled fabric map in the centre, and a screen at the front of the room. In a looping video, the narrator outlines the conditions on which a 1:1 scale map can exist, as the artist attempts to recreate the narrator’s conditions. The piece is interesting, but is not entirely legible to the everyday viewer. The exhibit did not seem to have much depth for those who haven’t read the essay by Eco, making this piece niche and fairly inaccessible.

Kryztoff rating 2K

by Kai Niezgoda

Mar 15

FRINGE COMEDY – Anna Log – The Griffins Hotel – 3K

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If you like down to earth comedy drawn from everyday life, Anna Log is the comedian for you. She’s quite “underground,” so be warned, you’ll find yourself in a small audience and interacting directly with the artist. The show was more like a comedic conversation with a stranger than a show where the artist talks from the stage at the audience. If you have a soft spot for the underdog, check out this show and join Anna for a chat about the scam she fell for, her sister’s resting bitch face, and the irony of how we discuss vaginas. If you’re lucky, she’ll pull out the baby pictures.

Kryztoff rating 3K

by Kai Niezgoda

Mar 14

FRINGE 2017 – Trainspotting Live – 4K

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I’ve always had a mixed relationship with Trainspotting. Having seen the movie several times, I often waver between thinking that the film is either: a) a cult classic and searingly honest view into the life of addiction, and b) seeing it simply as a bunch of selfish people destroying their lives and the lives of those closest to them, whilst showing little remorse for the carnage left in their wake.

Heading into Trainspotting Live firmly on the fence, I can confirm that I finally fall into a new category: I finally connected with the characters and their journey through the highs (pardon the pun) and lows of heroin addiction.

Mark Renton is a heroin addict in Edinburgh’s 1980s party scene. Flanked by fellow addicts Simon “Sick Boy” Williamson and a dealer simply known as “Mother Superior”, as well as non-addicts Tommy and Begbie, Renton moves through life chasing one high after the next. Throughout the course of the show, the gang expereince terrible losses, are faced with their own mortality, and suffer under the weight of a terrible guilt that may be the kick up the arse to finally ditch the drugs for good.

The actors of the In Your Face Theatre Company are certainly that. They throw themselves body and soul into their characters. Their highs become your highs, and their lows will break your heart. I’ve never really connected with any of the characters in the Trainspotting movie, but the crew at IYFTC have managed to squeeze every emotion out of the cathartic climax. This kind of commitment is definitely something to be commended.

However, it does need to be advised that the rating of M15+ is, in this reviewer’s opinion, completely incorrect. Throughout the show, there is full frontal nudity right next to an audience member’s face; the actors will grab your beer and spit it over the crowd; and one patron had to leave the theatre during a scene featuring the abuse of a pregnant woman. Just bear in mind that even for someone who has seen the movie several times, I was shocked at some of the content of the show.

Also, wear clothes that you don’t mind getting wet – a certain famous scene involving a toilet definitely does appear. And, like the daring and talented theatre company that runs the show, it’s definitely in your face.

Kryztoff Rating: 4K

Mar 14

FRINGE 2017 – We Live By The Sea – 5K

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If you’re looking for a unique, moving, and uplifting Fringe experience, then We Live By The Sea is the show for you.

Katy, a fifteen-year-old girl who is on the autism spectrum, is cared for by her elder sister, Hannah. Her only friend is Paul Williams, her imaginary dog, the only thing that manages to calm her down after her father’s death a year earlier. However, all that changes with the arrival of Ryan, a friend of the girls’ neighbour, who finds Katy refreshing and inspiring. Each of the characters grow, change, and see life a little more clearly after they are inspired by Katy’s everyday bravery in their own ways.

This simple yet moving story captivates from its musical beginning. The nuances of life with Autism are captured in creative and thought-provoking ways: sound is cleverly used to explore Katy’s sensory overload; lighting captures  a range of emotions from fear, to bravery, to happiness; and clever projections tell a story within a story of the story of Katy, Hannah, Ryan, and Paul. Katy addresses the crowd directly, telling her stories within stories within stories. The structure of the show is particularly clever, with on-stage montages, YouTube videos, and vignettes such as “Katy’s Morning” capturing life with autism in an informative and emotional way.

The show has had sold-out runs in London, Edinburgh, and New York, and it’s easy to see why; with a clever, visceral, and uplifting script, incredible performances from the entire cast, and clever staging, We Live By The Sea received its standing ovation for a reason. Be sure to check it out before the Fringe ends.

Kryztoff rating: 5K

Mar 14

FRINGE 2017 – COMEDY – Sam Peterson: Sammy P Has Friends/Creationism with Fiona O’Loughlin – 3K

Creationism (Formerly Sammy P Has Friends) is a situational/sketch comedy stage show at Adelaide’s beloved Rhino Room. It features God’s chosen angels, Sam and Fiona, discussing the creation of the world as it unfolds over seven days. The angels create things like sleep, regret and kangaroos, and discuss the effects of these things on humans. How many commandments is too many? Are people inherently good? Should testicles be on the inside or the outside? These extremely important questions are addressed throughout the show.

 

While the show has potential, on this particular evening it didn’t quite hit the mark. The situations and conversations still feel scripted, and the transitions were not as smooth as they could have been. Surprisingly, Sam and Fiona shone brightest through their mistakes and resulting improvisation. These ‘bumps’ in the show allowed the artists to find a rhythm and get more comfortable with the audience. As such, the show picked up towards the end and is likely to improve with subsequent shows.

 

Sam and Fiona have a great comedic chemistry with a lot of potential, if nurtured correctly. They need not rely on a script so closely, because they’re witty enough without it. Creationism runs from Tuesday March 14 until Saturday March 18. Check it out, as this show is sure to evolve over the next few nights as they experiment with each audience!

Mar 14

FRINGE THEATRE – The Girl Who Jumped off the Hollywood Sign – Botanic Gardens – 5K

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It’s a frightened and exhausted Evie Edwards (Joanne Hartstone) who greets us as this young woman emerges high up at the cross of the H on the infamous Hollywood sign. As she sees it, her life has no future and dressed in black she starts to tell us how this came to be; a fable laced with all the elements of the Hollywood dream, especially those of the 1930s when certain stars enjoyed phenomenal fame and who, albeit unwittingly, put out siren calls for all manner and number of those who also sought their status who then drove themselves into the rocks of life in pursuit of the dreams they appeared to represent, just like Evie.

Of course, the 1930s story has the added baggage of wealth wiped out in the 1929 stock market crash and lifestyles rent asunder by those outcomes and the economic conditions that endured for a decade before, somewhat ironically, war saved America’s bacon. These forces made pursuit of wealth and status by the LA factory just that more irresistible.

Joanne Hartstone gives a masterful performance combining the many faces of her heroine – the frightened, the determined, the pathetic, the heroic – with outbreaks of song that not only spoke to the age but of the age. That she also wrote this play speaks further volumes for her talents; its research, concocting a tale of promise and poison Hollywood style, is interwoven without confusing complexity.

In short, nothing detracts from the magic of this production.

“The Fringe” when it was a Fringe used to be home for many a show like this; edgy, combative performances that showcased what the latent talents of this state could produce. Now, one has to dig hard to find it, not unlike the planning and passage required to find the Noel Lothian Hall in the Botanic Gardens in the midst of nearly WOMAD and the idiocy of the O-Bahn extensions.

Still, dear readers, do not be put off by those challenges; the rewards for seeing the best piece of theatre this Fringe (yes, even up against the much and rightly hyped Holden Street fare, Eleanor’s Story and their ilk) are worth it all.

Kryztoff Rating   5K

Mar 13

FRINGE 2017 – Wicked Wizards from the East – 3.5K

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All of the Wicked Wizards from the East are bucking against stereotypes: all of the magicians claim that despite being expected to become doctors, accountant, and lawyers, they decided to become performers, much to their parents’ chagrin.

The magicians stick to this theme throughout their performance, which includes a lot of genuinely mind-boggling slight-of-hand magic and illusions. For their first year at the Fringe, the Wizards pull off  a decent first show, and demonstrate real talent as illusionists.

The show does need a little polishing (although it’s worth pointing out that I attended the preview performance). Some of the transitions and acting parts between the illusions need some work so that the flow of the performance is improved. However, the Wizards work the audience well, and utlise audience participation to full effect.

Wicked Wizards from the East are a great night out if you’re looking for some magic that will blow your mind. I’ll be eager to see what the come back with at next year’s Fringe.

Kryztoff Rating: 3.5K

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