Reviews

Hydrarchos – Sydney Fringe Festival (NSW)

Playing at the Flight Path Theatre as part of Sydney’s Fringe Festival, Hydrarchos revolves around a legendary Sea Serpent Skeleton of the same name. Historically, the legendary serpent was supposedly discovered by Albert Karl Koch in the 19th century. This grand archaeological find turned out to be a hoax however, but it is the significance this made in the 19th Century and its ripple effect that writer Grace Davidson Lynch has chosen to focus on, with mixed results. Read our theatre thoughts now!

Chain Play – Sydney Fringe Festival (NSW)

Slanted Theatre is only one and a half years old, but they’re already making a difference.  This is their fourth production in such a short time, and it’s enlivening for an audience to watch Asian theatre-makers just doing their thing. Chain Play is a cleverly conceived pair of short plays that have been written by a slew of over 20 people.  Each writer had to create one scene, and they could only read the scene just before theirs. The results are not as mad as you might think. Read our theatre thoughts now!

JON WALPOLE – ONE MAN PERFORMING A TWO-MAN SHOW – Sydney Fringe Festival (NSW)

Everyone has one of those friends who is always late, or stands you up at the last minute, but somehow you stay friends with them while bitterly complaining about how hopeless they are. Jon Walpole’s friend, Tim, inflicts the ultimate standing-up – he doesn’t turnup for their two-man show. In true show biz style, Walpole says the show must go on, and so it does, with Jon performing both his and Tim’s roles. Read our full theatre thoughts.

The Other End of the Afternoon – New Theatre (NSW)

The Other End of the Afternoon is a hidden gem of the Sydney Fringe. Winner of the Silver Gull Play Award in 2021, Bokkie Robertson’s brand-new play follows the story of “top hat Clive” (Sam Wallace) – a teenage boy desperate to escape his hormonal high school life by time travelling to “the other end of the afternoon”. A rag-tag, lovable bunch of characters include Clive’s flamboyantly queer stepbrother and aspiring panel beater/crime lord Xavier (Sam Martin), bully/popular girl turned love interest Bianca Zhu (Sophie Teo), and Dylan the troubled art nerd (Dominique Purdue). Read the full review now.

Con Coutis: Half Steam Ahead! Sydney Fringe Festival (NSW)

All aboard for an hour of zany madness, physical comedy, and cruise-based humour as comedian Con Coutis presents Half Steam Ahead! this Sydney Fringe Festival season. It’s a little bit sketch comedy, a little bit stand up, and a little bit pun-based humour. What’s for certain is, Half Steam Ahead! is a frenetic hour of comedy where you won’t know what to expect next. Read the full review now!

Cherry – Sydney Fringe Festival (NSW)

Millenials, cast your minds back to 2008. Where were you when Katy Perry entered your sphere? Maybe she was your sexual awakening when you first witnessed the music video for ‘I Kissed a Girl’, maybe she never quite resonated during your My Chemical Romance phase. For 13-year-old Sarah, seeing Katy Perry explode on RAGE was the start of her lifelong Katy Perry obsession. Read the full review now!