Playwright, performer, improviser
If you could invite anyone to your show (and you knew they would come), who would it be?
A mum who just pulled out the last hair on her head. Time to get in a room together and be dumb!
The Melbourne Fringe in three words?
Inclusive, addictive, impassioned.
A favourite Melbourne Fringe memory.
Casually deciding to see a show at 5pm and emerging from the same laneway venue at midnight, six shows later. (Did I mention addictive?)
What is your experience as an independent artist being part of the Melbourne Fringe?
So supported! I’ve always felt 100% backed by the Fringe community, from other artists to venue/festival staff. It’s a little island of joy – everyone is a wreck by the end of it but we keep coming back for more. I love it.
What do you think makes the Melbourne Fringe unique?
The resources for artists and producers; the festival seems really committed to helping artists do their best work. And the size of the festival means you really can try out any weird thing you like.
Your advice for choosing what to see in the Melbourne Fringe.
Support your circle of people. See something you know you’ll like, something you haven’t heard of, and something you’re unsure about. There are so many surprises to be uncovered. If in doubt, pick a venue and chat to the staff there on the night for a recommendation – wait ‘til their eyes light up talking about their favourite show!
Do you think there’s a better system than star ratings for reviews?
Oomph. Yes, there has to be a better way. Maybe instead of stars, use puppy ratings. “This show is like playing with two out of five puppies.” I’d definitely still see that show.
Five shows/events that you will not miss at the 2017 Melbourne Fringe.
Al and Matt Go Halvies, Matt Stewart and Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall
Fizzy Kids! Isabel Angus and Harley Hefford
Tessa Waters: Volcano
I’m Here, Caitlyn Staples, Jayden Masciulli and Tiana Hogben
Super Woman Money Program, Elizabeth Davie