By Zachary Sheridan
Before Perth becomes abuzz this Friday for the opening of Fringe World 2017, I thought I’d share the top ten theatre pieces I’m excited about.
PERTH TOWN HALL // 9-15 FEB @ 9PM
A friend remarked BRUCE has the most incredible puppet work she’s ever seen, and yet it’s just a yellow brick of foam on stage. Presented by The Last Great Hunt, BRUCE is out to prove he has a heart of pure gold and I can’t wait.
2. Bus Boy
THE BLUE ROOM THEATRE // 20 JAN @ 3PM, 21-22, 24-25, 27-28 JAN @ 6PM
This story is about a boy who believes he’s a bus. I don’t know about you guys, but growing up I always pretended to be a bus or a plane or a truck driver, and so on. Presented by Summer Nights and Rorschach Beast, I’m looking forward to seeing my imagination realised on stage.
3. Butt Kapinski
THE BLUE ROOM THEATRE // 2-4 FEB, 7-11 FEB @ 8.30PM
HUBBUB AT MANPAC // 31 JAN, 5 FEB @ 7.45PM
‘Immersive comedy like you’ve never experienced.’ Downstairs at The Blue Room, this interactive film-noir murder mystery stars a private eye (Butt Kapinski) with some anglerfish-style head gear.
4. Come on Down
NOODLE PALACE // 7-11 FEB @ 6.40PM
It’s 3am on a Friday Morning and it is time for Channel Access 44’s magnum opus game show ‘Come on Down.’ Ok, I’ll be honest – I’m in this one. But trust me, it’s really good or, at least, really cooked – if you’re into that kind of thing.
5. Ecosexual Batthouse
PICA // 24-28 JAN @ 8PM, 8.30PM, 9PM, 9.30PM, 10PM, 10.30PM
‘An immersive experience inviting you to leave the urban wasteland behind and open yourself up to an intimate encounter with the biosphere.’ A piece of climate change theatre that examines the relationship between humans and the environment in a very specific context – I’m super keen.
STATE THEATRE CENTRE // 31 JAN, 1-4 FEB @ 6PM
I saw this show at the Blue Room earlier this year and it was explosive. Alison van Reeken stands alone in an uncompromising display that considers modern warfare, family, and how we live and fight in an increasingly virtual world. Presented by Red Ryder Productions.
7. Monroe & Associates
FRANKIE’S CARAVAN // 20 JAN-12 FEB @ 3.30PM, 5PM, 6.30PM, 8PM, 9.30PM, 11PM
‘A theatrical role-playing game for one. You are Frankie Monroe: Private Detective.’ A whole entire 75-minute extravaganza for just one audience member! I’m hoping it will bring me back to childhood days of ‘Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?’ and choose-your-own-adventure novels.
8. Onstage Dating
THE SHAMBLES // 20-25 JAN @ 7.30PM
‘Bron Batten is going on first dates – live onstage. Featuring a different participant each night.’ It just sounds like something else.
9. Well Mannered
THE BLUE ROOM THEATRE // 20 JAN @ 6.30PM, 21 JAN @ 4PM, 21-22 JAN @ 7.30PM
‘What do you do when your childhood secret rocks up at your dinner party?’ This production was originally presented as part of The Blue Room’s TILT in 2015. The legend goes that the creators scrambled it all together in under two weeks, and that it was a smashing success. It’ll be interesting to see how it’s developed since then.
10. Wil Greenway: A Night to Dismember
THE BLUE ROOM THEATRE // 21-22, 24-25, 27-28 JAN @ 9.30PM
I’ve now heard from several people that this performer is a master at storytelling. ‘A rambunctious, surreal & surprisingly tender comedy about an asteroid shower, a gentle idiot & the shark that ate his arms.’
And here’s a bonus mention of some shows starring friends:
NOODLE PALACE // 14-15 FEB @ 9.20PM, 18 FEB @4PM
For those interested in ‘boys humour’, then Pitched Black is for you. Presented by Lazy Yarns, the story concerns boys on a camping trip fresh out of school and about to take on the world.
Where the Giant Fell
YMCA HQ LEEDERVILLE // 9-11 FEB @ 8.30PM
I saw this production only a few months ago as part of TILT 2016 and it was a really special performance. It was a dark, uniquely Australian twist on an old fable, and this time it has once again been reimagined for Fringe World, making it suitable for all ages.
ALSO EXCITING: 600 Seconds, Alone Outside, Banging Cymbal, Clanging Gong, Drunk Girl, FAG/STAG, Fairybread, I Do, If there’s not dancing at the revolution…, not a very good story, Passengers, Player 2, PRICE TAG, Rather Than Later, Salty, Sparrow, The Book of Life, The Raver, The Yellow Wallpaper, They’ve Already Won and THEM GOOD OLE BOYS.
**PLEASE NOTE** This article only considered theatre pieces at Fringe World, beyond that there are more whole worlds of fun fringe things out there, from cabaret to circus to film, from Topographs to Tom Gleeson. There’s a bunch to consume, go and FEAST!