Reviews

The Lion Never Sleeps

Written and directed by Noemie Cecilia Huttner-Koros. Fringe World. Departs from The Blue Room Theatre, James St, Northbridge, WA. Jan 28 - Feb 1, 2020

The Lion Never Sleeps is a group walk-come-parade through Northbridge, which uncovers and retraces queer history in the area.

Escorted by a fabulous collection of young people, audiences wearing headphones, listen to spoken word testimony about the Perth gay community, especially during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, as they literally retrace the steps of the generations that have gone before.

Present Laughter

By Noël Coward. National Theatre Live, from The Old Vic. Cinema Nova, Melbourne and participating cinemas nationally. 1 – 9 February 2020

Present Laughter shows us a few days in the life of hugely popular matinee idol Garry Essendine (Andrew Scott), about to leave London for an ‘exhausting’ tour of Africa.  He’s besieged by, but succumbs to, ardent fan Daphne (Kitty Archer).  He’s harassed by would-be playwright Roland Maule (Luke Thallon).  He attempts, at the instigation of his ex-wife Liz (Indira Varma), to settle complications that have arisen between his producer (Abdul Salis) and Joe (Enzo Cilenti), the husband of his manager (Suzie Toase).  This last has unforeseen c

Mr Snot Bottom’s Horrible Terrible Really Really Bad Bad Show

Written and directed by Mark Trenwith. Fringe World. de Parel Spiegeltent, Woodside Pleasure Gardens, Russel Square Northbridge, WA. Jan 26 - Feb 2, 2020

Mr Snot Bottom’s Horrible Terrible Really Really Bad Bad Show is not terrible or really bad. It is a raucous, wild ride of a show that had its young audience completely engaged throughout - a joyous and silly romp in which everyone had a lot of fun.

David Walliams’ The Midnight Gang

Adapted by Maryam Master. Directed by Susanna Dowling. Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA. Jan 28-Feb 2, 2020

David Walliams is probably the most popular author for young readers at the moment, with his madcap books being devoured by young readers. It shouldn’t be surprising that this show, nearing the end of its multi-city tour, is attracting capacity crowds.

In The Midnight Gang, a group of children’s ward patients, and an unlikely looking hospital porter, form a late night society to grant the wishes of sick children.

The Campaign

By Campion Decent. Produced by Gavin Roach. Midsumma. Studio Theatre - Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park. January 22 – February 1, 2020

The Campaign is a lively, informative, beautifully crafted and executed work of ‘verbatim theatre.’  It describes many significant moments of the 9 year the campaign (1988 to 1997) by the Tasmanian Gay Law Reform Group to have Homosexuality decriminalized in Tasmania.  Therefore it is a must for those interested in Human and LGBTQI Rights.

We are reminded of the power of grass-roots activism. 

Seussical Junior

By Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Adelaide Youth Theatre. The Arts Theatre, Adelaide. January 23 – 26, 2020

Adelaide Youth Theatre have been presenting top class musical productions for and with young people since 2010. The founders and producers of AYT are voice teacher and drama coach Emma Riggs and dance teacher, choreographer, director Kerreane Sarti. Their goals are to work with and to inspire young performers aged 7 to 21 and to give them wonderful opportunities to shine on stage. There is no doubt that they achieve those goals with the latest production of Seussical, based on the words of Dr Seuss and the zany characters from his various stories.

As One

Music: Laura Kaminsky. Libretto Kimberly Reed and Mark Campbell. Gertrude Opera. In association with fortyfivedownstairs and Midsumma Festival. January 23 – February 1, 2020

AS ONE is a beguiling, absorbingly unique contemporary opera experience.  The music is sublimely hypnotic and the singing exquisite. 

It portrays an intense, very personal and individual reassignment of gender, from puberty to young adulthood, as a driven, relentless yet imperative journey.  And this is a passage that brings about a deeply satisfactory conclusion. 

The Last Five Years

By Jason Robert Brown. Art in Motion Theatre Company. Fringe World. Directed by Lys Tickner and Tyler Eldridge. Don Russell Performing Arts Centre, Murdoch Dve, Thornlie. Jan 24 - Feb 2, 2020

Art in Motion Theatre Company has conducted a bold theatrical experiment for Fringe World. Forming two sub-companies, they have produced the same show, twice. Two different directors have created two completely separate and different productions of the same show, as a mission to see how two interpretations might differ. Patrons can choose to see one show or two, with the second show complimentary.

Quokka Apocalypse

Written and directed by Zachary Sheridan. Fringe World. The Studio, The Blue Room, James St, Perth WA. Jan 24- Feb 1, 2020

Quokka, Possum and Snipe have become fed up with humans and plot to ensure their demise, in this impossibly cute, Perth based, pre-apocalyptic drama at Fringe World.

Home, I’m Darling

By Laura Wade. Melbourne Theatre Company. Southbank Theatre, the Sumner. 20 January – 22 February 2020

The inversion of the familiar ‘Darling, I’m Home’ suggests the argument of Laura Wade’s comedy.  ‘Darling, I’m Home’ is that weary-cheery greeting heard in many a 1950s American sit-com.  The breadwinner comes through the front door and calls to his (always ‘his’) little homemaker that he is home from the heartless world and ready to be welcomed within the bosom of his family.  ‘Home’ for Judy (Nikki Shields) is a haven from a world she dislikes and fears – a haven she controls.

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