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GRASS - Film Review

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 WHAT: Grass WHEN: 10 - 17 October 2021 WHERE: YouTube WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY: Annabelle Mitchell CAMERA: Jack Klien Annabelle Mitchell Grass is a Melbourne Digital Fringe show playing on demand via YouTube. It is written and performed by Annabelle Mitchell and takes a look at the power of ambition and drugs and what it means to be a functional addict. Grass is an intriguing half hour which follows the journey of a woman who grew up feeling invisible. Through a chance encounter at a party she discovered a magic pill which seemed to give her drive and focus a pathway to a shining future. As I said earlier, Grass is about being a functional addict. Through the power of this pill she wins dux of the school, gets the job of her dreams and advances all the way to the top. The big question behind Grass though is what (or who) has become invisible to her? Grass is an epic poem. I found myself coming to think of it as a dark Dr Seuss  - which is intriguing because I have always found Dr

US. - Theatre Review

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WHAT: Us. WHEN: 30 July - 7 August 2021 WHERE: Zoom WRITTEN BY: Morgan Rose  DIRECTED BY: Katrina Cornwell DESIGN BY: Emily Collett SOUND DESIGN BY: Justin Gardam STAGE MANAGED BY: Jacinta Anderson PERFORMED BY: Julia Chilcott, Samuel Gaskin, Noray Hosny, Ashanti Joy, Raelah Piata Lascelles, Jackson Reid, Paula Reid,  and Jessy Soliman Ashanti Joy, Paula Reid, Noray Hosny and Jackson Reid I always get excited when I see completely independent artists creating on similar themes at the same time. That is when I know there is a zeitgeist occurring. Having watched Us . and The Rapture: The Bathtub Edition within days of each other I know Melbourne is experiencing the zeitgeist of hope. Hope is a curious creature. It fills us full of so many emotions: excitement, joy, fear, dread, uncertainty, wonder, curiosity... Our bodies course with adrenaline which keeps us alert for danger, but also gives us a shot of dopamine to give us the confidence to take risks. This is the underlying message o

THE RAPTURE Art vs Extinction: THE BATHTUB EDITION - Performance Review

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WHAT: The Rapture (Art vs Extinction) - The Bathtub Edition WHEN: 22 July - 5 August 2021 WHERE: Zoom WRITTEN BY: Moira Finucane COMPOSED BY: Rachel Lewindon PERFORMED BY: Moira Finucane and Rachel Lewindon Rachel Lewindon It seems so fitting that my return to reviewing should feature the latest iteration of Finucane and Smith 's The Rapture: Art vs Extinction . This time around it is The Bathtub Edition . Performed live over Zoom, Moira Finucane takes us back to Antarctica and the extinct Auks, exploring synergies with our current global dilemma - pandemic.  Many live performance artists have resisted embracing remote, digital performance and for good reason. Zoom seems to be the best platform for this application but we are all subject to the vagaries of internet failures and data compression. On the other hand, how many times have actors dropped lines, forgotten props or had costume malfunctions? The show must go on and The Bathtub Edition shows us why. Nobody thought the pand

Swallow Walk - Live Art Review

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What: Swallow Walk When: 1 - 28 November 2020 Where: Edwards Lake, Reservoir Created by: Sandra Fiona Long and Ria Soemardjo Performed by: John Cheong-Holdaway, Christopher De Groot, Jeremy Dullard, Natalia Gould, Sandra Fiona Long, Ron Reeves,  and Ria Soemardjo Ria Soemardjo, Sandra Fiona Long, et al In the arts we often talk about wanting to affect all of the senses encompassed within the human body and in Swallow Walk Sandra Fiona Long and Ria Soemardjo have done exactly that. Swallow Walk is a meditative experience. It is a chance for you and your body to feel the world rather than think it, which is our normal state of being in urban life. Long is a music and theatre artist who has lived near Edwards Lake for many years. She tries to walk around the lake every evening and in this troubling year of lockdowns she and her friend and collaborator, Soemardjo, have used the quiet and introspection of these months of isolation to create a way to share their personal experience of t