20 September 2013

FRINGE: Bushpig

MELBOURNE FRINGE 2013
Bushpig
19 September 2013
The Owl and the Pussycat
to 28 September

I know it's day one, but Bushpig is already a highlight.

Just don't go along expecting a show about slutty bogans.

Bushpig lives near a forrest in the town of Funnel with her dad and dreams of being IN the television. And her dreams may come true when her frightening Aunt Vivienne gives her enough money to go the Big Smoke to become a star.

Writer and performer Hannah Malarski tells the story and plays all the delightfully odd characters. With a writer's voice that is so her own, she slips effortlessly between third person narrative and first person here-and-now and interacts so gorgeously with her audience that it feels like being tucked into bed and being read your favourite story by your favourite eccentric aunt.

The humour is dark and there's a sinister undertone that keeps the tension high, but it's told with such love and understanding that it's an utter delight to spend time in Bushpig's world.

I love this kind of story telling (and it reminded me of Sarah Collin's 2008/11's Nothing Extraordinary Ever Happens in Toowoomba (Ever)).



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