28 August 2017

How to Fringe 2017: Claire Sullivan

Claire Sullivan
Comedian, performer, actor and writer
PO PO MO CO  are a queer, alternative comedy troupe

PO PO MO CO Presents: Recreation & Leisure
September 23–30
Fringe Hub, Lithuanian Club – The Ballroom

PO PO MO CO. Photo by Theresa Harrison

If you could invite anyone to your show (and you knew they would come), who would it be?
Well, Leigh Bowery obviously. But Bowery is dead. But if you could somehow bring him back from the dead and give him tickets to see our show that would be fantastic. PO PO MO CO LOVES LEIGH BOWERY.

(SM: if you don’t know who Leigh Bowery is, find out.)

The Melbourne Fringe in three words.
Exciting, inspiring, synapse-firing

A favourite Melbourne Fringe memory.
Just running around Melbourne late at night, after doing my own solo show to go see another show, to go grab a drink with a friend and then dancing all night at the festival club in the warm September air.

What is your experience as an independent artist being part of the Melbourne Fringe?
Melbourne Fringe is what you make it. You work hard, you learn. As an independent artist it’s up to YOU to realise what it is that you want from Melbourne Fringe. Fringe will support you, but you also need to take it upon yourself to make the most of the opportunities that will prop up.

What makes the Melbourne Fringe unique?
It’s big and small. It lets performance artists use Melbourne as an arts playground for the duration of the festival.

Your advice for choosing what to see in the Melbourne Fringe.
Go see something unexpected. From a show in a cupboard to one in a ballroom. See the exciting and the unfamiliar; that’s what Fringe is all about!

Do you think there’s a better system than star ratings for reviews?
Well, star ratings are pretty good for posters. But I think the use of language. In giving great descriptive pull quotes is probably best. Stars are a bit arbitrary.

Five shows/events that you will not miss at the 2017 Melbourne Fringe
Madame Nightshade’s Poison Garden (normally she’s a PO PO MO CO-ian)
The Travelling Sisters: NOO SHO
Hannah Camilleri: Vision Statement
Super Woman Money Program by Elizabeth Davie
Josh Glanc: Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Charmedian

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