Sydney Fringe Festival


GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS is the first feature length work to be performed by Bonnie Curtis Projects and is part of the Sydney Fringe Festival.

Bonnie Curtis Projects has previously performed various short pieces examining the theories of psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud, domestic violence and other related topics.

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS attempts to explore the experiences of young modern Australian women, body image and sexualization, the mask women wear as a public face, and the use of social media.

Our emcee for the evening was Melinda Penna, in a black dress with a white fluffy short wrap – think the ads for Australian Dance Theatre’s Birdbrain – and sparkly silver high heels.

Penna introduced the two works to be performed through the evening and has a big part in the second half – more of that later. Continue reading GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS : BONNIE CURTIS PROJECTS IMPRESSES WITH ITS DEBUT FULL LENGTH PRODUCTION


Collectively, What Are We’s members Belinda, Jaz and Concetta  have performed and written for numerous shows including the Sydney Comedy Festival and Sydney Fringe comedy.

They are  an inseparable bunch of dorky adult-babies and the three best friends you haven’t met yet. Join them for a chaotic night of make-believe comedy, slapstick, characters and sketch.

They have won competitions such as Verge Festivals’ Get up Stand up,  and most recently, performed a sold out trial show at Sydney University’s Cellar Theatre.

Performances at the  Factory Theatre
Tue 26th September 2017 – 7:00 pm
Thu 28th September 2017 – 7:00 pm
Sat 30th September 2017 – 7:00 pm

Show Duration
60 mins

Ticket Prices
$15 adult. $10 concession.

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EVOLUTION OF ME is an original play by emerging playwright and director Amelia Gilday and produced by upcoming Sydney based production company Moontan Productions. The play explores themes of sexuality, gender, and the expectations of women.

EVOLUTION OF ME follows Jex, a non-binary person, as they try to explain their gender identity to their partner Jamie. The piece runs for 45 minutes and delves into what it means to be a non-binary person in a binary world in an engaging and vibrant way that is easily digestible for an audience.

Production Company: Moontan Productions
Moontan Productions is a young and upcoming independent theatre production company dedicated to producing new and engaging works through collaborations and partnerships.

Cast: Laura Bailey, Sarah Green

5-9th of September 8.30-9.30pm at The Spare Room, 104 Erskineville Road 104 Erskineville Road, Erskineville, NSW, Australia.

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Get ready to be astonished when SAKSHAM MAGIC SHOW is taken to the stage.

The multi award-winning illusionist Saksham has baffled people from the streets of Sydney to large stages and festivals. He may be only 15 years but is a master of magic and his spectacular illusions will always keep you wondering. He will be astounding you with his astonishing illusions combined with comedy and dance.

Bush Telegraph: “Teen Takes Tricks to Trade.”

Saksham is an upcoming teen magician who makes magic cool, fun and interactive. He changes the face of magic for the modern day.


Saturday 23 Sep 2017 at 3:30 PM

Sunday 24 Sep 2017 at 3:30 PM


Leichhardt Town Hall, 107 Norton Street, Leichhardt.

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This production has been described as, ‘A dis-quietening tragicomedy on female existence…An absurdist play that can be enjoyed by anyone.,..A bit madcap with shades of Caryl Churchil and a touch of Ad Fab.

“If only they raped me in the morning, I’d get some sleep”.

Maebh and Gráinne wait in a bar for the mysterious Manot. The question is, if he comes, which of them will he choose.

DATES :- 19th until 23rd September between 8.30pm and 9.30pm at the Blood Moon Theatre, Kings Cross.

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All images by Ben Apfelbaum (c).

Pasta Gulch (Stanley Street East Sydney) was even livelier than usual as on the third of September the Fringe Festival party visited this Italian cuisine mecca.

The footpaths were packed as foodies spilled out onto the road. The street was lined with musicians from the weird to the conventional to the super cool.

The weird was provided by The Prophets, a band that performed boppy tunes in bizarre masks, to folk practitioner  Brian Campeau and also Matilda Abraham to the smooth jazz of The Jonathon Zwartz Trio.

The Lord Roberts Hotel hosted the hot electric piano of Rai Thislethwayte  as well as the dance grooves of Old Man Funk.

For  connoisseurs of the avant garde, the guitar and drummer duo Showa 44 played discordant music in the window of Bar Reggio whilst a few shops down, Alice Terry serenaded onlookers with her brassy blues voice.

If that was not enough entertainment street performers roamed up and down the Block enveloping themselves and onlookers in a gold foiled blanket as well as adopting enigmatic poses and strides.

The Fringe Festival got off to a flying start  as Sydney Fringe inhabits its home town for the rest of September with highlights including at Camperdown Park, a Silent Disco in World Square, complemented by a Silent Dinner in the Paddington Town Hall and the inauguration of a new arts precinct Off Broadway in Annandale.

Furthermore, nearly every day you can go to see small fringe comedy, music, spoken word, theatre, or intimate circus performances.

The final September weekend will climax with the Global Rhythms concert in Bi-Centennial Park, Glebe.

Full details can be found at




Steve Lynch
Sydney Theatresports legend and Cranston Cup champion Steve Lynch.

It’s hard get it wrong when you are having a go at the Yanks. But a whole one man show of it? That’s what I thought I was walking into last night at Steve Lynch’s US OF EH? at the Fusebox as part of this year’s Fringe Festival. I really have to read the publicity closer.

What I got was a masterclass in how respectful curiosity, a commitment to saying ‘yes’ and joy in the meeting of other humans can take you to places you think you might know … until you get there. Armed with a hand drawn map on flip chart and waving his Green Card, Lynch has created an hilarious show regaling the audience with his travels and travails around those United States.

And he says he’s not making it up … not even exaggerating. And I believe him. On stage he is a gracious host. Comically charming and wry, understated in his observations, he tells it how it happened to him and lets you fill in the rest. He really is a funny guy and when he begins a thought, he sometimes stops himself. With that expressive face as punctuation, the audience fills in the gaps and the slow burn of realisation becomes an explosion of laughter as he heads you in the right direction. Continue reading STEVE LYNCH’S ‘US OF EH’ @ THE FACTORY THEATRE MARRICKVILLE



Production Image: Sirmai Arts Marketing
Production Images: Geoff Sirmai.

THE FRINGE is my favourite theatre-going time of year and what a way to begin 2016’s season! The first sound cue rewinds loudly as a tape player reverses quickly over the heads to pull us back in time to the simple life. A time when Australian telly provided all the water cooler talk required for the week, when Kylie and Jason were our ambassadors to the world. And when hair was big and plots were small.

BATTLERS AND DREAMERS is billed as a musical “homage to 1980s TV soap operas” and homage is the perfect word. This is a show written and performed with loving hands which pours no scorn on the populist appeal of the Australian episodic dramas but rather, recreates that world gently and so allows us to embrace our embarrassment with nostalgia and revel in our excesses of passion with laughter.

The creators claim they have found the lost tapes of a short lived Australian soap and that initial rewind sound effect takes us to opening credits as the large cast montage their way to the final full-cast shot. You can’t beat a manufactured group smile as they stare directly out at the invisible camera!

And this is how we meet some of the residents of Mainsbridge. Charmayne (that’s char … main of course) Grundy (of course!) is desperately seeking stardom while being desperately in love with Shane … a conflicted loser who is a vacant as his lost memory. Charms’ olds, Geoff and Pam, own the pub and the boozer is going down the gurgler! They need the unreachable amount of a thousand dollars to save it. Geoff even tries to revive his old magic act … no wonder they are against Charmayne going on the stage.

Neighbour Lesley, a CWA feminist and man hater, and her boarder Danni are there to help the feeble plot. There must be a rash of amnesia in the town, as Danni can’t remember her past either : not even how she became confined to a wheelchair. Previous love interest to Pam, Constable Hardy; Shane’s dopey mate Dwayne and smarmy melodrama villain Developer Hardcastle round out the cast.

And what a cast! Really grouse. As Charms, Lauren Pegus, has serious denim credentials and squeezes an alphabet of emotion out the A to B character arc she travels. The plum eyeshadow helps! Not requiring a great voice helps too but Pegus can certainly sell a tune. Phillippe Klause’s Shane is, inexplicably, a rapper and he does this really well. He has hair that does not bear discussion and a way of interacting with the characters with absolutely no intelligence whatsoever. This is a positive comment, by the way. You sorta have ta see it to get it!

Kim Taylor’s Leslie is comically arch and she has a cracker line is close-up holds before fadeouts … hers is the first belly laugh of the show. As Danni, Jacqueline Marriot isn’t quite long-shot or close-up and the reveal suffers a bit from that inconsistency but I just loved her motorcycle mime.

Lynden Jones and Angeline Neville’s, Geoff and Pam also have to be seen to be believed. Watching them together is such a neat little package. It’s theatre level overacting which would be overwhelming on the small screen yet it doesn’t seem overwrought when you are watching it live. It’s a really neat trick! Then Jones can’t help himself and goes and steals the show!

There are quite a few highlights like that. The ‘Magnetic ‘song is pure showstopper. A nice job on this song and dance from Harley Connor. Connor’s Developer Hardcastle is not quite as good but he really rocks a red leather coat! The costumes are actually hilarious and changed often, even if it does cause longer than comfortable scene changes. They are ‘what were we thinking’ reflections of the period with matching earrings and bangles and bags.

But I would see BATTLERS AND DREAMERS again just for the quality of the Solid Gold style dancing from Rebecca Wewege and Joel Thomas. It was so perfectly placed in the text and the combination of TV best in show and 80’s dancewear was just wonderful.

As is this lovely script. It’s cliché ridden, slightly plotted, character thin . I can’t imagine how much work it takes to write this badly … well. Write well badly? You know what I mean. It’s dead set true blue and worth a prawn cocktail. Romy Bartz and Erin Brookhouse devised this new work, inspired by their shared history and affinity with the genre. While Romy’s mum, Belinda Giblin, appeared in classic Aussie shows such as The Sullivans and Sons and Daughters (where Romy spent much of her childhood on set), Erin’s grandfather, producer/writer Don Harley and his actress wife June Thody, worked in the same circles.

If you look deeply enough into BATTLERS AND DREAMERS you might see the art that sews this creative team together but why bother when there is a sequined mutton chop sleeved wedding dress to draw the eye. Some confections just need to be admired and enjoyed. Several times in my case. I’m going again if I can get a ticket.

BATTLERS AND DREAMERS is playing at the Midnight Shift and Giant Dwarf over THE FRINGE:-
The Midnight Shift 85 Oxford St Darlinghurst Thu 1, Fri 2, Sat 3 Sept at 7.30pm
The Giant Dwarf 199 Cleveland St Redfern Sat 10, Sun 11 Sept at 7pm



One of Shaw’s first commercial successes, “Arms and the Man” was first produced at London’s Avenue Theatre in spring 1894. The title is taken from the opening line of Virgil’s “Aeneid,” Arma virumque cano (Of arms and the man I sing). It tells the tale of a young Bulgarian lady named Raina Petkoff, whose fiance is an officer in the Serbo-Bulgarian War of 1885.

Raina is a romantic young girl who has an overly idealistic view of war. She is engaged to Sergius, a handsome ineffectual young officer with an equally romantic attitude towards war. In the first act an escaping enemy soldier, Bluntschli, breaks into Raina’s bedroom. He is a practical sort and tries to convince her of the realities of war. It makes more sense to carry choclates than ammunition he tells her. She lets him escape; clearly she has become attracted to him. In the second act the soldiers return and bring with them Bluntschli who has helped them in moving their armies, since as a pragmatist, he is willing to fight for whichever side pays. Now he has to deal with the romantic Sergius for the love of Raina.

Arms and the Man is one of Shaw’s most popular plays. Though it was written in 1894, its theme is highly contemporary. A gentle but firm satire, Arms and the Man lampoons romantic notions of love and war.

Directed by Linda Beattie with cast Jodine Muir, Denise Kitching, Angeline Andrews,  Amrik Tumber, Nicholas Gledhill, Ross Scott, Will Reilly.

ARMS AND THE MAN is playing the Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville between September 21 and 24. All  shows start at 8 pm.

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Spokey (1)

SPOKEY BLOKEYS is a live comedy show featuring Rodney Todd and Shane Matheson as they converse while cycling – on stage!

The show is based on the podcast of the same name, where the pair ride around a different suburb every episode, talking about any kind of bizarre and mundane topics and giving some background on the suburb in a virtual tour. The podcast has steadily built up an audience and has reached the itunes top 50 podcasts.

After a successful run at The Melbourne Comedy Festival, they are bringing the show back to Sydney. It’s an hour (almost) of largely improvised fun, featuring special guests, their own characters and the bickering listeners have come to love.

Listening to the podcast is definitely not necessary to enjoy the show. As featured on ABCTV’s “The Mix” and Double J, the podcast has a growing fanbase around the world, especially California for reasons unknown.

Come along for the ride of your life!

7/9/2016 and 9/9/2016  at the Factory Theatre Marrickville.

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When an ace F16 fighter pilot unexpectedly falls pregnant, her career in the sky ends. Upon returning from leave, she is reassigned to operate military drones from a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas, sitting in the desert in Nevada whilst hunting terrorists in Afghanistan – fighting a war and still returning to her family each night. As the pressure to track a high-profile target mounts, the boundaries begin to blur between the desert in which she lives and the one she patrols half a world away.

George Brant’s gripping one-woman play is coming to Sydney Fringe after its stunning success during its run at the Cellar Theatre in February, 2016.

With Alice Birbara
Directed by Victor Kalka
Produced by Zach Beavon-Collin


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