January 2016

Rejected Fringe World Acts

The screening process for quality Fringe World acts is less than rigorous. However, there were yet a handful of 2016 shows judged unsuitable by the Fringe World board of governors. Here are some of them.

Fringe World Review: Purgatorio

Superficially, this play is about a lover scorned; about murder, and suicide, and irrational behaviours. These are explored after the fact – or, more specifically, after life itself.

Interview: Beth Commons from pool boy

there's been so many occasions where i've been approached after a show and told that my stage presence is too 'domineering' or 'intimidating' because i stand still with my hands on my hips. like would it be more comfortable for you if i flitted about stage dreamily flailing my arms?

Preservation of the Soul through Pop, Personality and Punk

Where everything about Blackstar radiates a sense of maturity and mortality – from the disturbing bedridden music video for the album’s second single ‘Lazarus’ to the foreboding, anti-pop instrumentals – Lulu is almost a cheap imitation of what made Reed such an appealing figure musically, his trademark gristle still present, but without any of the poetry that made him such an inspiring figure to the musically minded.

Review: Loaded

Rather than feeling like the work of young writers auditioning for space on the main stage, the works swelled with daring, collective artistry and creativity, striving to engender the most important discussion you’ll have that night, that week, this month.

Interview: Words with SJ Finch

The Grr project is a poetic response to our world's ecological collapse. It incorporates the work of living with the act of creating art. It is not just about living off the grid or being self-sustainable; it is about working with the grid to make it kinder: to sustain other selves.