Amber Topaz takes us on an anecdotal romp that interweaves cabaret with comedy, and the sex education that we’ve been sorely missing.
Anna Thomson, founding member of PO PO MO CO and formidable powerhouse of queer clowning, delivers a masterpiece of modern grotesque comedy in Madame Nightshade’s Poison Garden.
Mr James Hancox - as he really, really, likes to be called - has created a show that is simultaneously everything it says on the tin and completely unexpected.
Most shows start after you’ve found your seat, but this one is an exception. We are wildly entertained from the outset, finding ourselves ushered into the Casa Mondo venue by a frantically excited ticket collector.
Chiptunes, sprite graphics, and all the hallmarks of late 80s video games provide the setting, but Clara Cupcakes is the meat of this show, and deliciously madcap octopus meat at that.
When Tor Snyder hits the mark, she’s hugely entertaining. In Dating Naked, healthy doses of self-deprecation and the comedy stalwart theme of an artist not being able to get their life together do actually work, albeit sporadically, to deliver laughs.
Imagine, if you will, a frantic, breathless reshaping of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, performed in a parrot costume and interwoven with an internal monologue that regularly swims to the surface.
Sometimes, reality is simultaneously all too much and not enough. Sometimes, we need to see the world in distorted segments before we can rediscover the wonder of it all.
Many fringe shows claim to be weird, and wonderful, and pushing the limits. Many shows are dirty liars. Not so with Danger Cabaret’s latest offering.
Packed with comedic tropes, none of which are delivered in the ways we’re accustomed to, Yolav & Graham: Jovial Trauma goes well beyond a conventional stand-up performance.
You want to know more about The Dark Room.
4 ½ stars
You need to know that there is the very real possibility that, during this show, you will die.
After four million YouTube hits and sold out shows since its live-action inception in 2012, John Robertson brings The Dark Room, to Perth audiences. This twisted live-action text adventure game promises a riotous hour during which Robertson variously leers at, cajoles, and tortures the crowd as they navigate the digital confines of the titular room.
Our host stalks the stage, clad in a cyberpunk costume, with his blond locks hanging down around his highly malleable face. He’s a 1970s science fiction illustration come to life, leaping off the page of any number of Warhammer 40K manuals.
Members of the audience are plucked, entirely not at random, to select from up to four options and try to escape the dark room. Robertson narrates their futile attempts to escape with unbridled savagery and enthusiasm, occasionally pulling his head back in shock and glee at the choices made.
It’s easy to see that Robertson has a deep love of early gaming nostalgia, but the show doesn’t rely on the audience sharing that love to appreciate the humour. Sure, you’ll get a few more of his references if you do, but the first night’s performance - with the audience ranging from a septuagenarian to a particularly unfortunate tween - was proof that there are vast quantities of fun to have regardless.
Robertson is clearly having an enormously fun time with this show, and you will too.
YA DIE! YA DIE! YA DIE! YA DIE! YA DIE!
Tickets available from the FRINGE WORLD website.