Chinese New Year seemed the perfect time to treat myself to this performance by Perth Festival 2018 Artist-In-Residence Yeung Fai, a fifth generation Chinese puppeteer, and the last one in his family. Fai created Hand Stories in 2009, inspired by his own family story. There are no subtitles and little dialogue, so a spirit of openness, patience and a basic awareness of twentieth century Chinese history are recommended.
Change seems to be taking place at a rate faster than ever before. In a digital age, technology is superseded remarkably fast and items that are commonplace today won’t be tomorrow. Perhaps every generation feels like this, considering items from their childhood with nostalgia and sentimentality. Evgeny Grishkovets, who performed his show Farewell to Paper at the State Theatre Centre of WA last weekend as part of Perth Festival, laments this rush into the future. He encourages us to slow down and contemplate what it is we are gaining, what we are losing, and whether it matters. Read more
On 25 January 2018, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced the latest annual Doomsday Clock statement. The iconic Clock is now set at two minutes to midnight, the closest to the symbolic point of annihilation since 1953 at the height of the Cold War. Despite the grim assessment, it is believed responsible humans can reset the clock. The media release urges citizens to “get engaged, get involved, and help create that future. The time is now”.
In case you are wondering what the Doomsday Clock has to do with this charming French circus as part of Perth Festival, perhaps the English translation of the title will give you a clue – ‘It’s not yet midnight…’. Read more
What happens when a cabaret anarchist, a contemporary clown and a queer-feminist dramaturg get together to make theatre? Madame Nightshade’s Poison Garden is the answer. “The show is an absurd, comedic look at the madness of the world we live in today,” explains Madame Nightshade producer and performer Anna Thomson. A shape-shifting, other-worldly creature named Beatrice takes the form of the titular character, a princess-like assassin, to unearth some of the nasty little secrets we keep buried in our own backyards. Anna promises “grotesque glamour, vegetable manipulation and mess,” which is enough to pique our interest! Read more
With so many free events on during festival season in Perth, the only difficult part is fitting everything into the diary! Immerse yourself in world class art and music, hear big ideas and bedtime stories, celebrate Chinese culture and discover the tiniest zines on the planet – all without spending a dime. We’ve rounded up some highlights so you can spend more time and less money living the festival life.
Georgina Francis, nicknamed ‘Britain’s Biggest Bridezilla’ by the UK press, is using FRINGE WORLD 2018 to rehearse her fairytale wedding 14 times. She explains why she’s using the festival to practise the best day of her life and why you are invited.
Produced by the team that brought us Fringe World sensation La Soirée, Club Swizzle is a new show for Perth audiences, bringing the best in cabaret, circus and comedy. The production, which opened at the Ice Cream Factory in Northbridge last week, is an absolute riot where the pre-show bar becomes the main stage for just under 2 hours of high energy entertainment.
Amy G is one of the Club Swizzle gang. A powerhouse on stage Read more
In the second instalment of We Love Festival Season (VIEW PART ONE HERE), we profile the local emerging artists and theatre-makers who are moving on up, along with bold new works that demand our attention. These are some of the festival events the Perth arts industry insiders are looking forward to. Let’s give them a helping hand by showing our support over the coming weeks. Read more
Festival season is our favourite time of year in Perth. With FRINGE WORLD Festival 2018 on now until 25 February and the newly rebranded Perth Festival launching next week, our calendar is full to bursting!
How to choose what to see? In the first instalment of We Love Festival Season (VIEW PART TWO HERE), we profile some of the unusual and enjoyable arts experiences on offer that explore the vibrant neighbourhoods of Perth, Northbridge and Fremantle. This is theatre, storytelling, laughs and thrills – on the move. Read more
A regular on the Perth theatre circuit, Maitland Schnaars will be making his debut for Black Swan Theatre Company in their upcoming production of Let the Right One In. Based on a novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, which was then made into a film in its original Swedish and also as a US adaptation, it is a coming-of-age love story featuring vampires. I for one can’t wait to see how the poignant and haunting story is transferred to the stage when it shows at the State Theatre Centre from 11 November. Like myself, Maitland is a fan of the Swedish film and is thrilled to be a part of this production. We caught up to chat about the show and his career both on stage and behind the scenes. Claire. Read more