Arts & Culture

Love Slaps: The Ultimate Improvised Comedy Romance at Fringe

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On a fine Friday night my partner and I headed down to the Perth Cultural Centre to get a little bit of Aussie culture thanks to Love Slaps, an improvised romantic comedy performance.

The car parks were full, Northbridge was packed, and Rehearsal Room 1 at the State Theatre Centre of WA was also pretty busy as an upbeat crowd settled in to see Tamara Creasy and Elise Wilson, the piano accompanist Maddie Moulin and special guest performer (a different one each night - on this night it was Alicia Osyka) put together a fresh off the cuff performance about the ups and downs of love based on a handful of audience ideas.

 

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Godz by Head First Acrobats at Fringe Perth

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The weather in Perth has been sizzling hot and so are the Godz from Head First Acrobats.

They are back for Fringe World and audiences are lucky that they will be performing at our annual fun arts fest.

Judging by the electrifying carnival like atmosphere at The Pleasure Gardens in Russell Square Northbridge as we waited outside the Aurora Spiegeltent, we knew we were up for an exciting night.

The evening’s entertainment saw the ancient Gods of Olympus show off their prowess as well as at the same time tackling their demons.

The performances of Apollo (God of Light, Music & Healing), Cupid (God of Love), Hercules (God of Strength) and Dionysus (God of Wine) are fun, cheeky and amazing.

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Bogan Shakespeare Presents: Hamlet at Fringe Perth

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There’s something rotten in Denmark… Denmark, Western Australia, that is – where Bogan Shakespeare’s reimagining of Hamlet is set.

Hamlet has returned home from the city following the death of his father under suspicious circumstances. His mother Gertrude has already married his uncle Claudius – who happened to be the only one present when Hamlet Sr died of “ear poisoning”.

What unfolds over the next hour is a delightfully irreverent, uniquely Australian p***take and tribute to the tragedy of Hamlet. 

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Cupid: The Improvised Dating Show at Fringe Perth

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Love them or hate them – reality shows are aplenty on tv.

On a festive Friday evening, my friend and I headed to Studio Underground to watch Cupid: The Improvised Dating Show. All the way from their world premiere in Singapore, the show makes its debut at Fringe Perth this year.

It is a reality show with a difference as it is completely unscripted on the night, which means that nothing is rehearsed and you don’t know what you will be seeing from performance to performance.

The millionaire dollar question is:

Who will find love and with who on Love Island ?!

The audience gets to decide.

 

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Matt Hale Hypnotist Top Fun 80's Spectacular at Fringe Perth

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 I’ll be honest here. Matt Hale, you had me at “80s”.

And yes, I know Jerry Maguire is a 90s movie… but it does star Tom Cruise, who was of course in Top Gun, which is spoofed in Top Fun: 80s Hypnosis Spectacular.

I’ve known about Matt Hale the comedy hypnotist for a long time through social media. For some reason I’d never gone to one of his shows. But I also have an inexplicable love of the 80s despite not actually living through it, so when I saw that Matt was doing an 80s-themed show, I figure it was finally time.

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Broker at Perth Festival

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On a warm balmy evening, my friend and I headed to watch Broker at UWA Somerville as part of the Perth Festival movies.

A young woman abandons her baby in a baby box outside a church in Bhusan Korea on a wet rainy night... and so the story begins when two men try to broker a deal for someone to buy the stolen baby at the highest price that they can get.

Of the two men, one of them runs a laundry shop (Song Kang Ho as Ssang-hyun) while the other (Gang Dong Won as Dong-soo) grew up in an orphanage and works at the church manning the baby box service.

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Other People's Children at Perth Festival

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On a warm summer’s night my partner and I headed to UWA Somerville as part of the Perth Festival movie season, to watch Other People’s Children, an insightful look into everyday people going about their daily lives – something I love about French movies.

Other People’s Children (Les Enfants des autres) doesn’t disappoint. It is a beautifully crafted movie starring Virginie Efira as Rachel Friedman, with the story revolving around her blossoming relationship with the new man in her life Ali Ben Attia (Roschdy Zem)  and his 4 year old daughter Leila (played by Callie Ferreira-Goncalves). As Rachel begins to form a deep bond with young Leila , complications arise as she encounters dramas in her relationship.

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