Falling To the Top

Falling To the Top
By Robert Woods and Tyler Jones. Director: Tyler Jones. Half Moon Tent, Perth Cultural Centre (WA). Feb 8-16, 2013.

Falling to the Top, in its second incarnation (it premiered at community theatre Playlovers in 2012), lives up to its subtitle 'the musical trashtacular', in a trashier, brasher version for Fringeworld.

Authors Robert Woods and Tyler Jones have tightened the show and pared it down for the smaller venue and tight stage space, but it remains an extremely funny send-up of reality TV, the quest for fame at all costs, pop success and the music business.

 The original cast all returned for their second innings. The Divalettes, played by Breeahn Jones, Kimberley Harris, Maria Velletri and Claire Taylor, were again brilliant, while supporting cast Manuao TeAotonga, Chris Bedding, Jess Dowson, David Grey and Joanna Taylor also shone.

New songs, some venue specific jokes and some spicier lines helped to keep the show fresh and added elements of surprise for returning fans. Something of a cult success, at the time of writing it was clear frontrunner in the Fringe Festival's People's Choice Award.

It was well worth battling overwhelming heat in the Half Moon Tent for this little beauty.

Kimberley Shaw

Image: L to R -  Claire Taylor, Kimberley Harris, Breeahn Jones and Maria Velletri.

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