Shake things up a little and venture north of The Fringe Hub. Go on, I dare you.
If you are yet to leave your comfort zone of Arts House, then you are missing out. At Wick Studios, a funky venue in Brunswick, you will find a show called ‘FACESWAP (A love story in 87 haikus).
You will be greeted by a performance by artists Sarah Nathan-Truesdale and Gabriella Imrich popping out of a sagging vagina like newborn naked babies. It brings an awkward grin to your face to see grown women acting like children. But I sort of liked it. Especially when they discovered bum-bags filled with makeup, which they applied whilst the ‘The Final Countdown’ played. They donned their makeup like superheroes. Director and deviser Milly Cooper peppered the performance with haikus. My favorite one went along the lines of ‘was free-bleeding in the office, my boss asked me about it, I blamed the dog’.
If you missed some of them, like I did, I recommend picking up a program on your way out. For $5 you will leave with some great little poems.
As an audience member I would recommend getting into Room 9 as early as possible. The early bird gets the comfy seat. Otherwise it’s sitting on the ground on cushions.
Amber Bock is a freelance stage manager who is excited to keep you up to date with Melbourne’s best theatre.
‘FACESWAP’ has done very well for itself. There are only two more shows remaining the 24th and 25th of September and Fringe says they are sold out – but if you’re desperate, hand around the front of house and try and bags a ticket from a no show.