16 September 2017

How to Fringe 2017: Lord Coconut

Mark Boldiston (aka Lord Coconut)
Owner of Lord Coconut, Melbourne’s only retail and online store specialising in handcrafted jewellery for men

19 September – 7 October
Lord Coconut

SM: Most of the How To Fringers have been performers, but always spend some time in the Visual Arts section of the program and dedicate a couple afternoons to exploring old and discovering new spaces in our city.

Mark Boldiston (aka Lord Coconut)

If you could invite anyone to your show (and you knew they would come), who would it be?
I’m more interested in the average person attending the show and discovering something special.

The Melbourne Fringe in three words
Pretty Bloody Weird.

Your experience as an independent artist being part of the Melbourne Fringe.
It’s a bit like throwing shit against a wall and seeing what sticks and what doesn’t each year… Only in a safe environment where anything and everything is expected and encouraged.

What do you makes the Melbourne Fringe unique?
Open Access. The ability for any person or group to submit a show and put themselves out in the public domain is pretty brave and incredible. We all have diverse tastes and Fringe means that you’re sure to find a show that you’ll love no matter how weird, wonderful, diverse or just plain crazy you are.

Your advice for choosing what to see in the Melbourne Fringe.
Play Fringe Roulette where you choose a venue that you haven’t been to before, choose a show you know nothing about and hope for the best! You’ll win some and you’ll lose some but in the end you’ll be supporting an independent artist and you might even stumble across something really special!

Do you think there’s a better system than star ratings for reviews?
I like the star ratings!

Five shows/events that you will not miss at the 2017 Melbourne Fringe.
Spookmaster by Mark Penzak
MODELTWNE; Escape from Modeltwne
Paul Dabek: Look at Me
Bert Kreischer
Papillion Unplugged. Circus for grown ups

As long as they fit into my Fringe Roulette schedule!