Posts tagged RAW: Fringe
Mature comedian Kathryn Bendall is Kath On A Hot Tin Roof: a hypochondriac who tells us her life story. She has some interesting insights on the Australian Labor Party, Gen Y, and her children ‘Meatloaf’, ‘Mashed Potatoes’ and ‘Beans’.
Her occasional references to things like thalidomide, which are not universally recognised by Gen Y or X’s for that matter, are irrelevantly funny. However, Kath’s full life (including three marriages) provide more than enough engaging material for most generations.
Check out this wannabe trophy wife – who looks more like a gay icon!
Kryztoff Rating: 3.5K
Tripod take on Elana Stone in an on-stage version of Dungeons & Dragons, where their imaginations are brought to life through song, occasionally dance, and shadows. It’s clear that Scod is taking point on this one… after all, he did admit to being a D&D player in the interview below…
The lovely Elana Stone is an absolute stand out – she really has taken comedy into her stride and her vocals are beautiful as ever. She’ll be playing with her band at one of the Adelaide Festival Grab Bags too… keep a lookout! She also keeps the fellas on their toes! It’s a ton of fun, especially if you haven’t seen Tripod live before. Die-hard fans should enjoy the show, but may prefer their previous outings.
Kryztoff Rating: 4K
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
Not for the faint of heart, this show documents some of the more ‘foot-in-mouth’ moment’s of Ifft’s life that would make even the most awkward of us feel good about ourselves.
While at times appearing overly forced, it is a brand of confident humour in search of an “oh no he di-n’t!” response from the audience. Saying this, he is successful in doing so, covering topics including ‘bloodfarts’, homosexuality, drunk pilots, midgets and of course the c-bomb, without taking a backward step.
Don’t bring Grandma, and don’t dress like a dick if you’re going to sit in the front row.
Kryztoff Rating: 3.5K
Naomi Clarke’s elongated canvasses that stretch across the great arrivals hall at the railway station are works of great interest. Captured on them are photographed faces, sometimes portraits, of people of all walks and ages, some we know, most of whom are otherwise just faces in the crowd. Their looks are sometimes intriguing, other times hugely engaging such as the young boy in a joyous moment.
Using the railway station hall as the place to display them is most apt, for there below these canvasses is the same eclectic mix of individuals milling around and going about their days, also enjoying moments of delight and introspection.
Works on this scale can run the risk of overdoing it or getting lost above the masses. Clarke has done well to get the balance right and achieve her goal as set out in the exhibition’s title. The pity is that they could not be hung closer to the southern stairs where the impact of them vis a vis the people below would have been greater. It seems some promotion of the railways people took precedence (– can you believe it).
Kryztoff Rating – 4K
It was a hugely ambitious project to bring together 18 young musicians for a big band recital based on in-house composers and then Maynard Ferguson classics but Sam Eads and his band pulled it off on debut at the Queens Arms on Friday night and pulled it off easily.
The first set was mostly compositions of prodigious talent Daniel Clohesy. These gave sax player, Jason McMahon and trombonists Nick Pietsch and Jimmy Bowman (amongst others) a chance to strut their stuff supported by the work horses, Joel Prime (percussion), Polly Thomas (drums) and Marty Houlebek (bass). The second set of Maynard Ferguson standards featured a bearding Eric Santucci taking control on trumpet in a display of bluster and confidence that returned the trust placed in him by Eads to hold this portion of the show together.
Over the whole hour, the sax quintet were the stars with McMahon ably supported by Andrew Crago, Alex Mussolino as well as Clohesy.
This was a great sound and great fun as well as high inspiration to see so many young players pulling together in a venture like this. With a little more polish – not too many of the penguin suits fitted or their shoes polished – Adelaide will be blessed if they can play for us regularly.
Kryztoff Rating – 4K
Illusionist PiP and reluctant assistant Miss Olivia are supposed to be comical…
Have to be honest and say, can’t see that as being the truth. I reckon a street performing magician would do better.
Usually if the magic tricks are blatantly obvious, the humour really strikes a chord. Unfortunately in this instance, neither the tricks nor the comic routine stand up.
Mind you the drunker of the crowd seemed to be amazed by PiP, or maybe they were just taking the piss.
This overpriced, unprofessional magic show is on at Caos Bar & Cafe on Hindley Street until 5th March.
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.