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The Noodle Girls are back with a brand new show ‘Wigging Out’. 

Razzamatazz is the land of body positivity and no garbage, and it’s also the home of the ‘Noodle Girls’. Two noodles living in the wig garden, with the sun, a flower, and rock, for company. Every day is perfect…until… the King of Parramatta Road has stolen a wig! Now the two noodles must adventure down Parramatta Road through to Sydney before it’s sold at Paddy’s markets.

Playing with satirical characters from iconic Australian stores like Bakers Delight, Spotlight, Adairs, Myer and more, Lauren Mcaught and Rachael Fairweather steer a ship of laughs and (from the sounds of the crowd) an obvious loyal fanbase. 

The show allows for eclectic parodies, many a wig change, energetic sketches, and even sketches that are obvious call backs to previous shows are still enjoyed with new eyes and ears. Bright moments for me are when sketches are given more time, and when the two run a tight parody. They do stumble around some scene changes, costume mishaps, and a sense of doing some things on the fly. However, this show of Ali Express wigs doesn’t pretend to be anything polished or pretentious. It’s charm is in it’s real moments, when character and comedian switch in between, and the two women are able to break the fourth wall and claim any mistakes, which gains them more laughs anyway. Continue reading THE NOODLE GIRLS : WIGGING OUT


THE LOST LOST CABARET is the little sister to London’s The Lost Cabaret and the child of Choo Choo Troupe. If your keen for some alternative comedy, look no further to The Forresters in Surry Hills (you’ll have to climb up 2 flights of stairs to find the space, but never fear, there’s a bar up there) on the last Friday of every month.

G&T in my hand, as always, but no front row seats as this is packed and I’m running late because I spend an hour eating Greek food beforehand – I digress (in this and in life), so I fold up my coat and use it as a booster on my seat so I can see the performance area.

Jeromaia Detto emcees as a recent Australian Talent-Factor-Idol (I think I’ve butchered that – sorry Eugeen) winner named Eugeen. Detto’s characterisation grew on me. Turns out I was dressed in theme – flamingo earrings. He did a fine job handling heckles and attempting to get the crowd to participate in some musical numbers – I say attempting because we were hopeless. Continue reading THE LOST LOST CABARET IN THE FORRESTERS


You know me, G&T in hand, front row, ready to get up close and personal for a show. I’ve gotta ask… does anyone else get anxious when other audience members walk through the set to get to seating rather than walking around? Is that just me?! Anyway… THE ASTRAL PLANE, let’s get to it!

In occult cosmology, the astral plane is one of several (most often, seven or twelve) planes of existence, along with physical, etheric, causal, and mental.”

That is what I found on when doing some background on Belvoir 25A’s current show.

THE ASTRAL PLANE  positions itself as a fantasy-comedy, and centres on a young couple (Romi and Dan) who get into an argument on a romantic getaway. The spat leaves influencer Romi in the woods looking for the owner of a mysterious voice and Dan on his way to try and find enlightenment via meditation. Oh, and there’s some rats from another universe there too.

To be honest, reading the actual synopsis, I thought the whole runt Rat Prince thing was a joke. It was not. And it was glorious.

Michael Whalley is zealous and loveable as the runt rat-prince. He and Emma Harvie balance comedy and clearness as a fantasy world is woven clearly for the audience from the get go.

In the first few moments of Imogen Sage being on stage, my heart sinks. This is going to be my pet peeve, I think, this character is going to get under my skin. But, she displays something truthful and truly enjoyable in what could have easily come across as a simply vapid character. Whalley is a great support in this sense.

Lynch, Robertson, and Falk complete the strong ensemble of six – making 100 minutes feel like 15. Martin Kinnane and Clare Hennessy’s design for light and sound compliment the world – a simple set transports us into multiple dimensions. Indeed, the task of 25A (to make a show for less than $1500) means a triumph requires the turning of small budgets into gold.

Charlie Garber has written a tight, funny, electric script and it is well executed. This show doesn’t miss a beat for me, I’d see it again. It’s hilarious, it’s got heart, and I haven’t seen anything like it.

THE ASTRAL PLANE is playing downstairs at Belvoir Street until Saturday June 29, 2019.

Production photography by Clare Hawley