Lauren Bok: A Bok In Progress
13– 16 September
The Metropolitan Hotel
|Lauren Bok. Photo by James Henry|
If you could invite anyone to your show (and you knew they would come), who would it be?
My high school drama teacher. I could really use the feedback.
The Melbourne Fringe in three words.
Bold, Drunk, Sassy.
A favourite Melbourne Fringe memory.
I was watching a gorgeous outdoor circus performer hanging off a bit of fabric in a tree in Errol Street – and a passerby said, ‘Is that the fringe?’ Yes, in that moment, it was the whole Fringe.
Your experience as an independent artist being part of the Melbourne Fringe.
I can always rely on Melbourne Fringe to make me feel like taking a risk and knowing it will catch me if I fall.
What makes the Melbourne Fringe unique?
In the current festival landscape the trend is for bigger and bigger – and Melbourne Fringe remains (relatively!) small and intimate, yet loud and boisterous. It’s wacky, yet still has a cool Melbourne vibe. It’s like a negroni served out of a ukulele.
Your advice for choosing what to see in the Melbourne Fringe.
Don’t hesitate. Just pick anything! Even if you don’t like it, you’ll still get a good story to yell at the Fringe Club later.
Do you think there’s a better system than star ratings for reviews?
I think actually a review should have a basic constructive criticism model: What Worked, What Didn’t Work, What Can Be Done Better Next Time, maybe if that’s a score out of 5 then it can be out of 15? It’s weird that art should have a value like that, but, hey, it looks good on a poster!
Five shows/events that you will not miss at the 2017 Melbourne Fringe.
MUMMY. A Sexy Comedy Party, Brianna Williams
Sam Marzden’s 1950's B-Grade Sci-Fi Movie
PartyBucket by Lee Naimo & Sophie Kneebone
She Wolf. Who was Queen Margaret?
Death to America by Sean Bedlam