This review comes from Night Writes guest reviewer Jack Mitchell
A murder mystery in a quaint British village is a genre we are all familiar with thanks to Agatha Christie, Cluedo, and Hot Fuzz alike. As a well-trodden path, it is formula that is ripe for parody, and Murder Village sets out to do just that with their hour-long improvised show, playing its Sydney premiere until Sunday October 2nd at Sydney Fringe.
What is it that makes us who we are? Is it more important to consider where we come from or where we’re going? In AJ Lamarque’s solo show, he uses comedy and poetry to explore his identity of being mixed-race, queer, young, and living cross-culturally in Sydney from London.
We can thank pharmaceutical companies for a lot of things: vaccinations, the US Opioid Epidemic, and making life-saving medications prohibitively expensive in order to turn some of the largest profits in the world. It turns out they’re also working on creating super humans!
Is anyone else struggling right now? With climate change, crashing economies, the explosion of online grifters, and that pesky COVID-19 pandemic hanging over everyday, do you long for the early days of the century when Australia was merely a global laughingstock for regularly platforming blackface on national broadcasts? You are not alone.
The talents on display in Bernie Dieter’s Club Kabarett recall the heyday of Victorian freak shows and carnival sideshows, but with a slight twist in which the gawking audience imparts a kind of power to the performer as they writhe, twist, and spin on stage. As the Ring Mistress, Bernie encourages a dissolution of barriers between the weirdness on show and that hidden in the audience for a rompy, rowdy night of sensual debauchery.
Many people’s only experience with artists is when they view their work as audience members, where much of the in-between of the artist’s life is hidden or unsaid. After his contract ended with a prominent dance company, Rodney Bell Ngāti Maniapoto stepped off the stage into homelessness. Now back home in Aotearoa (New Zealand), he reflects on those contrasting experiences in a mix of dance and storytelling.
The spirit of collaboration and love of movement comes alive in the Dance Bites program for 2022 from FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres. Let’s DANCE brings together a double bill of movement works roots in connection, reciprocity, and collaboration between artists, performers and audiences, and art and technology.
If you’re familiar with the Australian improv scene then you’ve probably heard of Impro Australia’s Theatresports Cranston Cup; a very well-established and respected competition format for improv teams around the state. But Improv Comedy Cagefight is a different competition altogether, stripping improv down to its rough-and-ready, head-to-head bare bones and putting teams into direct combat for the final prize.
It’s been a weird few years perhaps exacerbated by the pure oddity of humans. Celebrities panicking to “Imagine”, ordinary people throwing in the society towel to make their own bread and grow their own vegetables, or the ritualised group screams of locked down communities; all evidence that the last few years have taken their toll. As such, comedians and clowns Alexander Richmond and Jeromaia Detto resurrect their studies of the human condition to ask, have we actually always been this way?
As we continue to face worsening climate catastrophes and conditions, many across Australia are calling on the nation to embrace the traditions of custodianship that Aboriginal people have been using to care for the land for millennia. Ten years on from the first production of Terrain, Bangarra Dance Theatre revisits the meaning and messages of caring for Country under the direction of new artistic director Frances Rings.