5 Reasons Why You Should Check Out This Fringe Show

If you are unfamiliar with the likes of sketch comedy, this show may just completely put you to the test. A Completely Normal Sketch Show is your stock standard, conventional sketch comedy… kind of. Presented by the University Dramatic Society, the 50-minute comedic show takes a step back from the norm and asks you to explore the hidden layers within. Following a space-time continuum, with a few cheeky references to Hitler and the origin of the Swastika, you hardly need convincing to check it out. But just in case you do, I chatted with one of the director’s, Ben McAllister, and came up with a few compelling reasons.

#1 It’s (Somewhat) Easy To Follow

It’s no surprise that theatre isn’t for everyone. Between the twisted plot lines and the character love triangles, it can often be hard to follow particular shows. However, this is not the case with A Completely Normal Sketch Show. The entertaining fifty-minute work is similar to the likes of stand-up comedy, with the addition of a plot (that’s really not too hard to follow). So if you’re one of the many that finds it hard to keep up with theatre, but is keen to have a laugh, then it’s highly likely that this is the show for you.

“We think this show is pretty accessible to people who wouldn’t normally check out comedy shows. Even if you’re not a particularly literary person, you’re bound to have a laugh.”

#2 It’s Not Your Normal Kind Of Sketch Show

While it may be easily consumed comedy, A Completely Normal Sketch Show is in fact anything but normal. Without giving too much away, the idea is that the purpose behind the title will become clear a few minutes into the show. This particular show features comedy that comes from historical call backs and references to things that have happened before – a rare find in sketch comedy.

“It’s safe to say the description of the title is completely tongue in cheek. But the funny stuff will definitely be there for those who look for it. Despite the fact that the sketches are all different, it’s got a consistent feel and tone, which makes it really fun and enjoyable. We’ve tried to make use of that call-back comedy thing, and it really works.”

#3 It’s UDS’ First Fringe Show

UDS has a long-standing tradition of performing sketch shows in the UWA tavern in the first semester of uni. So when the dramatic society initially signed up for Fringe, they figured sketch comedy was the perfect format to transplant to Fringe World.

“Sketch comedy is so much fun. It’s a good way to bring new writers in and get new people involved. This particular show was written by four very talented writers who worked on each others sketches, so the writing throughout is really uniform.”

#4 It’s Also Part Of The UDS Centenary

The University Dramatic Society dates back to the early days of university, when lecturers and students would meet in the lecture halls and perform readings of plays. These meetings quickly turned into traditions where members of the club would join up and put on plays and other performances for an audience. Up until the late 90’s, members performed established works along the lines of Shakespeare and contemporary Australian. They eventually went from parodying pop-culture to performing original and self-written plays.

It should be mentioned that this is the oldest theatre organisation in the state.

“UDS officially began in 1917, marking 2017 it’s offical centenary year. So to celebrate the end of it’s centenary season, UDS decided to take part in Fringe for the first time.” If these guys can survive two world wars, they sure must have a good sense of humour.

#5 It’s A Good Way To Kick Off Your Fringe Binge

The show is being performed in the upstairs of The Brisbane Hotel at Lazy Susan’s. Not only is it in the prime location to kick of your ‘Fringe Binge’, but it’s also scored a convenient time slot of 2:30PM. Grab a few friends, a table and some drinks and prepare yourselves for some completely normal sketches.

A Completely Normal Sketch Show will be showing on the 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th of February.

Tickets to the show are $20 for general or $12 for UDS members and you can buy them here.

PlaySpace Perth 2018

Taking it’s name from it’s location, PlaySpace is a physical theatre work that invites you to come and play.

Presented by Good Moves, this talented group of local movers and performers are participating in their first ever Fringe show. Run by tertiary trained teacher and choreographer, McKenze Goldsmith, Good Moves is an eclectic arts company that produce improvisational and site specific works. Performers and creators involved include McKenzie Goldsmith, Georgia Conto, Stacy Teuber, Samanda Sankowsky, Hanna Maciejewski, and Amy Sheperdson, as well as two guest artists, Hillary Goldsmith and Eve Newton-Johnson.

This particular show is centred around the site at The Cultural Centre in Perth’s CBD. The Play Space has a profusion of instruments such as chimes, beaters melodic drums and a series of interconnected talking tubes. All of these which help to create the soundscape for the performance.

Be wowed at the use of objects like stilts, spinning wheels and rocks, and let your inner child come out to play and join in the fun.

The show provokes the audience to catch, spot and slot in with the artists. But be quick, they move so fast you may need to look again.



PlaySpace Perth will be performing at The Cultural Centre ‘PlaySpace’ on the 14th, 16th, 17th and 18th of February from 7PM.

For more details on this free event, check out their Facebook page.

Your Cringe-Free Guide To Valentines Day

It’s the only day of the year that we have this love-hate relationship with. While those in love tend to get swept up in the fluffy toys and red roses, the other half spend the day in misery, avoiding any celebration of the kind. But whether you’re spending this Valentine’s Day with your guy friend, girl friend or four-legged friend, I’ve come up with a few cringe-free ways to help get you through the day.

Roses Die, But Donuts Fill The Heart

Forget forking out fifty dollars on a bunch of red roses that won’t make it to the end of the week. The geniuses at MOP Donuts have come up with a ‘Donut Bouquet’. Ten of their delicious donuts all dressed up like a bunch of roses, but edible. Although the chances of these lasting longer than a fresh bunch of flowers may be slim…

Forget Fifty Shades

Single or taken, nobody needs to sit through a whole ninety-minutes of Mr Grey and his accomplice Anastasia. Instead, pack a picnic and take your partner in crime along to see The Greatest Showman at the Moonlight Outdoor Cinema. A limited number of Bean Beds are available but highly recommended to make your night even more relaxed.

Fringe Binge

Just incase you needed yet another excuse to get around Fringe World 2018, why not check out a show. Start off at Noodle Palace for a few drinks and see where the night takes you. There’s a few comedy shows targeted at Valentine’s Day that are sure to make you laugh so hard you pee your pants. You can check the shows out here. And if you’re feeling up to letting out your inner child I highly recommend you take a look at PlaySpace.

Swipe Right At The Aviary

What could be better than spending your Valentine’s Day night on a rooftop bar with a live DJ, cheap drinks and free entry? The Aviary is hosting their annual V-Day bash, and they’re promising some serious match-making and super likes. But if you’re not looking for love, then I’d suggest heading along for the drink specials and city view.


Not All A Dream: A Coffee With Grace Chapple

In case you haven’t noticed, Fringe World 2018 is in full swing, and the line up of talent seems to get better every year. Fortunately I managed to have a quick coffee with the young and extremely talented writer, Grace Chapple to get the scoop on her latest work “Not All A Dream”.

The story dates back to 1816 when 18 year old Mary Shelley goes on a holiday with Romantic poet, Percy Shelley to visit the infamous Lord Byron at Lake Geneva. During their stay the weather proved so bad that they were confined to the house for days. Seeking entertainment, it was decided they each write out ghost stories and compete against one another to come up with the most spine-chilling, hair-raisingly terrifying tale. 

Presented by Brushstroke productions, the WA base theatre group has a coterie of local beginner and experienced creatives on board bringing new and unique performances to Perth. Not All A Dream is playing over two weekends in February and I highly recommend you check it out.

Without giving too much away, can you tell us in a nutshell what this play is about?

Not All A Dream is based around the central character – Mary Shelley, who was the author of Frankenstein. It’s a play that looks at how she came up with the story of Frankenstein.

And how did you come up with the idea?

I actually read about it in Andrew Bovell’s play When The Rain Stops Falling. One of the main characters mentions this particular story, and that’s how my idea was formed.

Did it take you long to write up the script?

Well I came up with the idea in one day, and wrote about half the script in that same day. I just couldn’t stop until I knew what was going to happen with these characters. It’s an incredible story. I was lucky to stumble upon it.

Do you have a favourite character in the play?

The most fun character is definitely Lord Byron. He’s a real classic. There’s kind of that joy that he’ll just say anything, which I think is a beautiful thing to watch on stage. But I think the audience will favour Mary Shelley the most. Besides the fact that we’re seeing it from her point of view, she’s got that ‘weight on her shoulders’ thing going on. And she is, after all, the ultimate victor of the story.

So can we expect a happy ending?

Spoiler alert: none of the characters lives have happy endings… but we’ve tried to end our story with a little hope. There’s definitely something to be said about the price of great art and the toll that it took on their lives.

Where did the title “Not all a dream” come from?

It’s from the first line of a poem by Lord Byron called Darkness. He wrote this poem in the year that the play is set, and it’s essentially about the inclement weather and how it all seemed ‘not quite real’.

And it’s set in Lake Geneva, so how will that work for the location of the show?

Well I’d always imagined this play would take place in a traditional theatre space, just because that’s where most shows do. So initially I was looking for something like that, and I happened to come across Lake Nenia in Mundaring. It’s a boutique events venue in Mundaring, and it just so happened that they wanted to be involved in the fringe festival. It’s this beautiful naturalist Australian landscape with a natural lake in the middle of it. To be able to create viscerally for the audience the atmosphere and the setting, I thought it was too good an opportunity to pass up.

Being set on a lake, what can we expect for the set designs?

We have a very talented set designer, Reinette Roux, she has worked really cleverly with the scripts to create a set that compliments what we’re trying to say and what’s going on with the characters, and what the story really is. While it’s very simple, it will really bring the emotional landscape to life. The set itself is very soft and Romantic. It’s beautiful.

And what about the audio?

Well, fortunately the stage is really acoustic friendly, so all the actors will be able to be heard. But the music is what will really make the play. We have a really great sound designer, it’s actually my brother, Ronan Chapple. He’s created a piano score with atmospheric background music that will be played over a PA system. It will create this kind of eerie atmosphere, almost echo-like. We’ve rehearsed in the space a few times and I can promise it’s going to be amazing.

Speaking of rehearsals… how do you manage to keep the cast entertained?

Luckily that’s not my job, it’s the directors. But we do this fun thing where every rehearsal it’s somebody’s turn to bring a packet of biscuits, and then we have to rate them accordingly.

And what’s number 1 so far?

It’s actually the one I brought, so i’m super stoked about that. But you’ll have to check out our Instagram page to find out.

How do we get tickets to the show?

They’re available on Fringeworld’s website, and so far we’re at about halfway sold out, so I’d recommend getting onto them pretty fast!

Not All A Dream will be playing on the 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th of February 2018. 

2225 Martin Road, Mundaring. For more event details check out their Facebook page. 


Image Credit: Bruno Kongawoin

Flora & Fauna’s New Menu Has Dropped

Pretty dishes are all the hype at this hole-in-the-wall cafe.

Nestled in one of Perth’s few laneways just off Aberdeen street, Flora & Fauna serves up some of the prettiest dishes our city has to offer. After opening their doors only a few short years ago, the tiny cafe has acquired quite the large following. And they’ve got something for everyone.

Serving up Micrology coffee from the Perth-based roasters as well as fresh-pressed juices and a range of fine teas, your thirst is sure to be quenched. But the real winner here is the all-day brunch menu, which now includes vegan waffles (don’t knock them until you try them). Topped with Canadian maple syrup, vegan chocolate mousse and dozens of edible flowers, they’re they perfect guilt-free sweet treat.

For the regulars, the banana bread is still very much available (and still just as good), but sadly the smashed avo on turkish bread has been replaced with a beetroot and hummus number – same same but different. Other menu items include the classic apple crumble topped with oats, and the slow-cooked beans (with a side of organic multigrain bread).

Don’t forget to check out the daily selection of sweet treats inside, if you’re lucky enough to visit on a day she’s baked her famous choc chunk cookies, make sure you grab a few for the road.

For more details and drool-worthy images, check out their Facebook page.