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At first I found the show rather offensive. Then I realised it was MEANT to be offensive. Then I spent most of the performance pondering how I was meant to feel. There’s a powerful message in this performance about sex in popular culture and how some disgusting sexualised material goes unnoticed or unchallenged. Despite agreeing with the messages of the performance and understanding why these messages are important the delivery just seems needlessly over-the-top. Yes – I know it’s meant to be extreme, challenging and confronting, but it seemed to be confrontational and challenging at the expense of the choreography.
Kryztoff Rating: 1.5 K
In terms of puppetry, set construction and staging The Grimstones is a great feat. The puppets look great and it’s amazing how these performers can bring such life to these characters through their strings. It’s great to see this performance staged with sign language and narrator on hand to translate. It’s a cute show though it does have some pacing issues and the speaking narrator could have a stronger on stage persona, but it’s particularly worth sticking around for the Q+A session afterward to ask the show’s creator and signing narrator how she put together the whole show.
If you’re there for the story you might find that it drags. However I would happily take my mum along (She loves this kind of stuff!)
Kryztoff Rating: 3 K
The Wheel of Frank Confession is a unique showcase of 4 talented Australian songwriters. Starring Emily Davis, Emma Dean, Brendan Maclean and Ben Stewart this is a simple, but effective concept. The audience spins “Frank” the wheel, whose choice of emotions decides the set list for the show – Then the performers share a related song/confession. The performers strike a wonderful balance between funny, cute, meaningful, emotional and charismatic.
This show is heaps of fun. The performers are talented, the songs well crafted and the space a rough, but lovely sounding room. The only thing missing – is more people! Would love to see this performed in front of bigger crowds with more room for audience participation.
A great opportunity to get something off your chest, make sure you come prepared with a good confession! You might just get the chance to share it (anonymously!) with the world! Get out there and support these 4 great performers!
Kryztoff Rating: 4.5 K
Art Vs Science are extremely calculated crowd pleasers. They craft a stage show that’s all about the party vibe and getting the crowd jumping, dancing and fist pumping. The hits were there including “Flippers” and “Parlez Vous Francais” and the audience lapped it up.
Sure, it’s formulaic, highly calculated and heavily marketed party music, but these guys genuinely enjoy themselves on stage. They’re not breaking boundaries, but who cares when everyone’s having such a great time?
Red wine, prostitutes, the C word, accordion, french attitude and honest interaction with the audience.
Though I hate to use comparisons – he’s essentially the French Dylan Moran – Don’t take Grandma (unless she’s one of those funky Grandmas who rides skateboards in commercials and can handle a spot of foul language!)
Good fun but an acquired taste.
Denim is one of those beautifully awkward performances for those unintiated to dance. Why awkward? Because you want to clap, cheer and gasp in awe, but you can’t do so without ruining the mood and flow of this well crafted acrobatic\dance piece. Sit back and just enjoy the human body performing some powerful feats. Then make sure you cheer and clap like nuts at the end. Well done to all involved.
Kryztoff Rating: 4 K
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Katie has one of those distinctive voices that you can almost instantly recognise. From her early days in George to dabbling in dance and classical styles more recently, Katie has found a great middle ground with her new band The Captains.
Her voice is as beautiful as ever with a high register that just sounds flawless live. The band are extremely talented and she seems to have this ability to bring together some of Australia’s best. On the night she performed songs written with Sia, Josh Pyke and even Tim Finn…she has so many cool musical friends! She shares fun stories and seems more comfortable than ever on stage.
At the moment she isn’t playing her classic “hits”, but the songs here are like her cream of the crop from her career that she never got the chance to release – you can tell she really cares about these new songs. If you get a chance to see them, make sure you check out the next big phase in her career – Katie Noonan and The Captains.