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 does it mean to mourn, to grieve, to continue living after death? Where does one spirit fit into the expansive universe of spirits, gods, and natural forces that stretch out into eternity? In a combination of poetry, theatre, movement, and music, solo performer Ana Chaya Scotney takes the audience on a journey through space, time, and dimension.
There’s a lot of talk in the media about millennials and young people ruining the economy by not buying houses or ruining traditional families by not getting married or having kids but there aren’t nearly enough conversations with actual young people about what they want the world to look like. Not Today dives directly into one twenty-something’s mind as she navigates grief, guilt, and overwhelming anxiety about climate change.
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.
In an unnamed city, a group of strangers, acquaintances, and family members cross paths again and again without realising. They’re all struggling to find peace and purpose in their lives whether they have years stretching out before them or the end looms on the horizon. But they share one common coping mechanism: song.
Glen Hamilton’s production of Love Song by John Kolvenbach shows us that love is not just romantic or lustful. It is the rocket fuel that reinvigorates our minds and souls into the richness of life. The show welcomes us into a world of the mundaneness and mystery where Ben, Joan, and Harry are individuals working through life yet have lost their ability to feel compassion and emotions for themselves and connect with one another.
Jazzercise? Over. Water aerobics? Lame. Zumba? Yeah right. The future is shoulder dancing. If you’ve ever wanted to bring the true aunty energy to a party, look no further than the sacred shoulder dance as taught by renowned shoulder dancing expert Aunty Jude. Wow your family and friends like never before, but beware the sweat, and also the animate lighting display just over Aunty Jude’s shoulder.
What’s it going to take to save the Earth and, more specifically, the human race from climate change? Moving to Mars? Building a large enough space craft to hold the entire population? Or maybe a tiny little micro-organism found on a far distant planet that eats carbon at an unbelievable rate? The flight crew of the Lily of the Nile have staked everything on that little purple plant but first they have to bring it safely home.
Nobody likes Mark Zuckerberg and many people translate their dislike into deleting the ubiquitous Facebook app. But for many others, the social media platform remains an essential tool for connection and, for some others, survival. They gather in groups like Rough Trade, developing community that traverses digital and real life divides.
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!