Arts & Culture

Godz by Head First Acrobats at Fringe Perth

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The weather in Perth has been sizzling hot and so are the Godz from Head First Acrobats.

They are back for Fringe World and audiences are lucky that they will be performing at our annual fun arts fest.

Judging by the electrifying carnival like atmosphere at The Pleasure Gardens in Russell Square Northbridge as we waited outside the Aurora Spiegeltent, we knew we were up for an exciting night.

The evening’s entertainment saw the ancient Gods of Olympus show off their prowess as well as at the same time tackling their demons.

The performances of Apollo (God of Light, Music & Healing), Cupid (God of Love), Hercules (God of Strength) and Dionysus (God of Wine) are fun, cheeky and amazing.

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Bogan Shakespeare Presents: Hamlet at Fringe Perth

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There’s something rotten in Denmark… Denmark, Western Australia, that is – where Bogan Shakespeare’s reimagining of Hamlet is set.

Hamlet has returned home from the city following the death of his father under suspicious circumstances. His mother Gertrude has already married his uncle Claudius – who happened to be the only one present when Hamlet Sr died of “ear poisoning”.

What unfolds over the next hour is a delightfully irreverent, uniquely Australian p***take and tribute to the tragedy of Hamlet. 

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Cupid: The Improvised Dating Show at Fringe Perth

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Love them or hate them – reality shows are aplenty on tv.

On a festive Friday evening, my friend and I headed to Studio Underground to watch Cupid: The Improvised Dating Show. All the way from their world premiere in Singapore, the show makes its debut at Fringe Perth this year.

It is a reality show with a difference as it is completely unscripted on the night, which means that nothing is rehearsed and you don’t know what you will be seeing from performance to performance.

The millionaire dollar question is:

Who will find love and with who on Love Island ?!

The audience gets to decide.

 

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Matt Hale Hypnotist Top Fun 80's Spectacular at Fringe Perth

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 I’ll be honest here. Matt Hale, you had me at “80s”.

And yes, I know Jerry Maguire is a 90s movie… but it does star Tom Cruise, who was of course in Top Gun, which is spoofed in Top Fun: 80s Hypnosis Spectacular.

I’ve known about Matt Hale the comedy hypnotist for a long time through social media. For some reason I’d never gone to one of his shows. But I also have an inexplicable love of the 80s despite not actually living through it, so when I saw that Matt was doing an 80s-themed show, I figure it was finally time.

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Other People's Children at Perth Festival

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On a warm summer’s night my partner and I headed to UWA Somerville as part of the Perth Festival movie season, to watch Other People’s Children, an insightful look into everyday people going about their daily lives – something I love about French movies.

Other People’s Children (Les Enfants des autres) doesn’t disappoint. It is a beautifully crafted movie starring Virginie Efira as Rachel Friedman, with the story revolving around her blossoming relationship with the new man in her life Ali Ben Attia (Roschdy Zem)  and his 4 year old daughter Leila (played by Callie Ferreira-Goncalves). As Rachel begins to form a deep bond with young Leila , complications arise as she encounters dramas in her relationship.

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Decision to Leave at Perth Festival

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On a coolish evening in Perth, my friend and I settled in at the UWA Somerville to watch the movie “Decision to Leave”.

Creative genius Park Chan-Wook of The Handmaiden (2013) and The Little Drummer Girl (2018), continues to excel as an auteur of the cinematic world with his latest movie Decision to Leave winning the Best Director Prize at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.

The synopsis reads as follows:

A man falls from a mountain peak to his death.
The detective in charge, Hae-joon (PARK Hae-il),
comes to meet the dead man's wife Seo-rae (TANG Wei).

As the seasoned Detective in Charge Hae-joon investigates the death of the man, including Seo-rae (the wife of the dead man) as a key suspect, he also begins to have a growing attraction for her – not exactly an ideal situation ! 

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Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom at Perth Festival

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Armed with our delicious pizza in hand from Charlies Pizza, my partner and I settled in for the evening at UWA Somerville theatre to watch Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom.

The movie is a heart warming story about Ugyen Dorji (played by actor Sherab Dorji), a young teacher who is sent up to a mountainous, remote village in Gasa to teach the children as part of his teaching contract.

It is a world away from the life that he is used to living in the capital of Bhutan with his grandmother. Furthermore, Ugyen aspires to be a singer and wants to get a visa so that he can live in Australia!

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