Bathed in the pink glow of theatre lights, some of the 5000+ artists in this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival gather for the launch of its biggest ever program.
Last night, at the Melbourne Festival Launch, Josephine Ridge announces the Festival program which includes independent Melbourne company MKA’s presentation of Lachlan Philpott’s The Trouble with Harry. This is pretty exciting.
Following Simon’s win of the chook raffle last week at Abundance, we celebrated chickens and friends and revisited costumes from Dangerous Liaisons.
View outtakes at Ooooooops.com
What happens to those Promptside outtakes that are a little too trashy/kitsch/eccentric/failed/daggy/crappy?
Ooooooops, the off-off-off-off-off-off-off-prompt brog, publishes them!
Abundance has occurred once again, at Theatre Works. This year, the fundraiser supports four independent theatre shows; Elbow Room’s The Motion of Light in Water, Uninvited Guests’ I Heart John McEnroe, Dirty Pretty Theatre’s Thérèse Raquin and Little Ones Theatre’s The House of Yes. Like last year, the event was a glorious night of exquisite cabaret-style performances with fab artists including Jane Badler, Grammy award winner Jeff Bova,Virginia Gay and Roderick Cairns (a spectacular cover of Space Oddity as an ode to Virginia’s nephew,) Beau Heartbreaker, Nicholas Renfree-Marks, Angela Hogan, Joseph Chetty and Luisa Hastings Edge (doing Kate Bush’s Babooshka!) amidst a set of a golden fishing village inhabited by eccentric and mildly-grotesque fish people (designed by yours truly.)
Simon won the most coveted prize of the evening. The chook raffle. Two chooks that had been lovingly cared for. And they will soon be savoured.
Also performing was Jane Badler, who played the ultimate super-b* villain as Diana in the series V. I remember collecting playing cards with Diana on them, which, at that time, I could purchase for a mere 15 cents for a whole sheet of 20 perforated cards.
Of course, there was also the very popular photo-booth.
And there was dance.
Including this chicken dance. (View dance here)
Would ma’am like some chicken salt on your chips?
Tonight, at the opening of MKA’s HYPRTXT;
This year’s Next Wave festival was everything that was cool and exciting. Here are some photos I took for the fetival;
I designed the costumes for Hello There, We’ve Been Waiting for You, created by Louris Van de Geer and Samara Hersch. I was glad to have the opportunity to dress Genevieve Giuffre again, and this time, I put her in a Julia-Roberts-in-Helix type body suit.
Great Sunday-morning artists’ market, Das Boot, so arty, most of the vendors slept in.
At Why Not Walk Backward at the Gertrude Contemporary,
One of my favourite pieces; it’s the drapes, it’s the duck, it’s the duckegg blue.
There was this wonderful dance chit-chat picnic thing, organized by Natalie Cursio. I do wish there was one for the Theatre scene.
Spellbinding musicians at the Festival Club at Shebeen;
There was also this noteworthy inclusion of kids. Who took such glorious photos.
I was stoked to have been able to photograph my friend Katie Sfetkidis’ FOLA show In Deep Water. Her study of bioluminescent deep sea creatures came eerily to life within the black mass of Theatreworks and Ian Moorhead’s riveting soundscape complete with muffled explosions from beyond.
I kinda felt like the National Geographic underwater photographer I’ve dreamt of becoming (only I didn’t even need to get wet.)
If you’ve missed that chance to experience this other-worldly environment of mystery and wander, the show will be on again shortly for one night only at Blindside Gallery.