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.
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?
Identity politics has been a zeigeist-y topic for a few years now with discussion, particularly amongst the arts and entertainment industries, about notions of representation, appropriation, and authenticity. In Seeking Representation, comedian Natali Caro brings together considerations of identity and celebrity to interrogate boundaries of performer, performance, and audience.
This year has been incredibly challenging for many reasons. One of which has been isolation from friends, family, and (potential) lovers. So how has this time alone been for the Italian stallion of Melbourne’s northern suburbs? Has quarantine tempered his steamy ways or only fanned the flames of his passions?
When was the last time you saw an ugly woman performer? Or one where her ugliness was not an indication of her depravity, villainy, or destitution? The Ugly Show encourages audiences to acknowledge that all bodies are ugly sometimes and an ideal that asks anyone, especially women, for anything less is simply unrealistic.
If you’ve ever loved a food with your whole being, eating it probably felt like a divine experience, a communion with God. The Coconut Collective Clan have taken their love a step further and constructed a religion around the magnificent coconut. Intrigued?