March 27, 2021

Yes Yes Yes

Workshopped with and specifically created for high schoolers Yes Yes Yes is all about sex. But, no it isn't. It's really about the bit that comes before sex: consent.

It's almost a one woman show but it includes videos from real teenagers and audience participation to round things out. It can be hard to check on the well being of a whole theatre while dealing with hefty issues but they manage it by having a survey during the performance - twice. There's some great tech going on here which allows the audience to see other viewers comments, creating a unique show each time.

A really hard issue is handled with great respect and maturity. This is something that needs to be discussed with anyone in possession of a body - so, everyone.

Performances: 23-26 March

Tickets: $30

March 23, 2021

Strasbourg 1518

It took me a good hour to calm down after experiencing Strasbourg 1518. It was phenomenal, there is no other word for it.

The show is exquisitely choreographed immersive chaos that speaks to the current climate despite it being about a 500 year old dancing plague. There is music that isn't music but merely sound which may have you wondering if you've stepped somehow into a heavy metal concert.

Last year perched on the precipice of lockdown I think this show may have been even more powerful in it's one night that it was staged before the world closed down. But it is still a delightful mess - and a literal one, they do everything but set the stage alight.

I cannot recommend this highly enough and the audience agreed with a standing ovation from the packed theatre. This show deserves to be sold out every night of its short run.

Performances: 23-28 March, times vary

Tickets: $52

March 17, 2021

The Museum of This Morning

The Museum of This Morning is a delightful, collaborative piece of Fringe at it's best. 

The museum curator "collects" aspects of audience members mornings to create a fascinating show. The audience interaction, instead of being cringe worthy as it so often is, felt comfortable - like we were all involved and welcomed members. 

How can one little aspect of your morning potentially have impact hundreds of years in the future? Apparently it can!

This show involved excellent audience management, improv skills and relatively ok drawing abilities. We left feeling like this was something we helped build and the audience members were all friends.

Bonus - it's an early show so you can catch another Fringe piece after or sneak out to close by Cuba street for a drink to discuss the show with your new friends.

Performances: 16-19 March, 6:30pm

Tickets: $20

March 12, 2021

The Cool Mum

 Do you understand your kids? 

Are you a cool parent?

If you answered yes to either of these questions (which, let's be fair if you did you lied) then you won't need Jo Ghastly's seminar on how to be a cool parent. 

If you answered no then you should head down to the Cavern Club to watch The Cool Mum as Jo proves just how well she knows her teenage kids.

It's a slick performance including video, a slide show and, t-shirts for the unlucky few who get picked on for audience participation. Jo has thought of every aspect of teenage life from social media to interpreting your sons grunts.

I don't even have kids and I had a good giggle. 

Tickets: $18

Performances: 7pm 11-13 March. The Cavern Club