Showing posts with label Entertainment & Theatre. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Entertainment & Theatre. Show all posts

Thursday, February 18, 2016

How to dance like nobody's watching or my review of Matt Hale Comedy Hypnotist's Show

After I reviewed Matt Hale's fantastic show, I made a big mistake. I opened my mouth on air at CurtinFm last week and said I had half a mind to go back and try the show hypnotised to report back.  

"That would be great. You should do it," suggested Jenny Seaton, the on-air host. So then I mentioned it in passing to one of Matt Hale's publicist who is also a film publicist. 

"Let's get him to come to the station and hypnotise you on air," she said.

So somehow it's all come together and on 31st March at 2:10pm Perth West Australia time, I will be doing my movie review spot under Matt Hale's control. As you know, I ended up on the shoulders of a guy on a unicycle on a little stage during a La Soiree show recently (Story here). So now I'm wondering if I dare go out anywhere. 

Jokes aside, I'm a tad nervous. Check out this article and video of when Matt dropped into the afternoon show of Radio 94.5 to see what can happen to an on air announcer.   By the way, Matt, I don't speak Wookie! 

Should be great fun, so put it in your diary. Even if you're not in Perth, you can always tune in via digital radio to Hopefully, I can get an air-check to post up here, too.

Don't miss Matt's show if he comes to your city. He is so entertaining and truly amazing.
Matt Hale’s Website

100% Chicken Free - Matt Hale Comedy Hypnotist      
Fringe World Festival
Date: 10th February to 20th February
Time:  Various times in the evening. Check Website.  
Location: Soba Stadium @ Noodle Palace at Central Institute of Technology 

First up, as you read this review, you are becoming sleepy, and when you finish this review and wake up you will believe absolutely that Susan May is the greatest writer on the planet and will immediately buy all her books.

   The Fringe World Festival has been amazing this year. What I’ve loved is the pop-up areas, where local buildings and spaces have been turned into bars, show venues, and pulsating entertainment areas. Love it!
   To see Matt Hale, we climbed up a temporary two story staircase to find ourselves on the roof of the Central Institute of Technology, now temporarily renamed The Noodle Palace. It’s populated with various bars, DJs playing loud, thumping music, and hundreds of people enjoying the Perth open air. Lecture theatres and rooms have become venues, and you find yourself winding your way down fire escapes and through school halls to attend your event.
   The Soba Stadium is a lecture theatre, seating probably around 200 people. While the stage seems too small to squeeze in about 15 people, all willing to be hypnotized, Matt Hale’s huge personality certainly overcomes this minor challenge.

   It’s an amazing spectacle to be so close to people falling under his spell. You keep looking to see if it’s fake, but as he weeds out those who have not fallen into a deep trance (this took a good fifteen to thirty minutes), you realize this thing is really happening.
  His banter is amusing and professional and while those under his influence certainly do hilarious things, Hale shows them tremendous respect. Other than one guy dancing around every time music played, really it was more us laughing with the participants rather than at them.
   The one thing I really wished was that I could have been hypnotized myself. I did think about it (after all, I’ve already been on the shoulders of a guy on a unicycle on a tiny stage, so it couldn’t be worse), but then how would I review the show for you?
   I spent most of the show with my mouth agape in wonderment. It’s not expensive, and it’s a brilliant show. Do not miss it.

Theatre Blurb
   Do not miss this! Real hypnosis, real fun…and no chickens! Globetrotting, award winning Comedy Stage Hypnotist Matt Hale returns to Perth with his brand new show (suitable for all ages). After packed shows at 2015 Fringeworld, filming a new TV show, and touring internationally, Matt’s back with his modern brand of hypno laughs, hypnotising volunteers with hilarious (but tasteful!) consequences as their imaginations work overtime! Enjoy the show from stage or audience…the choice is always yours in this volunteers-only show. So, what will YOU do?!!!  Matt always ensures those who take part have the best time out of everyone.
And did we mention……100% CHICKEN FREE…GUARANTEED! Winner of 3 national comedy awards, Matt has hypnotised people all over the world from London to Vegas (where even Mike Tyson told him “You are AMAZING!”. He's appeared in media as diverse as the UK's tabloids, BBC, ABC, Today Tonight and has been included in the National Film and Sound Archive and Ripley's Believe It Or Not. He has also released his own range of hypnosis products.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The night I rode a Unicycle or why I love La Soiree

La Soirée
Fringe World Festival
Date: 27th January to 6th March
Time:  Various times in the evening. Check Website.  
Location:  Northbridge & Elizabeth Quay  Details and Booking


   Well, now I can say I’ve done everything (except skydiving, I’m not ever doing that). I’ve dived with sharks, snorkeled with dolphins, skied around the world, ridden horses when I was younger (I owned one), camels, eaten weird and wonderful things on my travels, whatever sounds fun given speeches to several thousand people, hosted film previews, but my experience courtesy of La Soirée takes the cake … or the unicycle … as it happens.

   One of the performers, Mario Queen of the Circus, named for his love of Queen music, was harassing the girl seated next to me to come on stage. She wasn’t having it. He looked at me: “Will you do it?”  
  “Yep,” I replied. I’m quite comfortable on a stage. No problems there. That was until he asked me had I ever ridden a unicycle before?
   Ahh, that would be a no, Mario, and as the stage is the size of a large, round, dining table, I didn’t really love the idea of trying it here in front of several hundred people either.
   I soon learned, directly after I sat on stage as he performed a striptease act (directed at me) down to his strongman suit, to the dulcet tones of Queen, my lack of skill on a unicycle was not a problem. I didn’t have to ride the thing. He would just whip me up on his shoulders (some feat as he is of slight build and shorter than me), and then hop on the unicycle to do a twirling circuit around the stage.
   Yes, I was terrified! The ringmaster standing next to us to offer physical support as Mario (with me on his shoulders) climbed aboard the unicycle, reassured me, whispering “It’s okay,” several times. This didn’t calm me much at all. It was high up there, and Mario wavered and staggered about (probably on purpose to terrify me even more) as he threw out comedic lines to the audience and me about fear .
   Finally, the longest minutes of my life were over, and I was back on the ground hugging Mario (we’d shared something deep and profound … terror and laughter). It took a good five minutes for my heart to slow; I’m not kidding. My husband, darn him, didn’t take video or a photo (seriously, how could he not? I really needed proof for the grandkids one day). So, to give you an idea, I’ve included photos of another person I found when I Googled. I repeat these are not me, but exactly the same banter and show. Video here is of another person, but its identical to my experience. 

As far as La Soirée goes overall, this is the second time I’ve seen it at the Fringe World Festival, and I don’t believe you will enjoy any entertainment as much as this. It is a MUST SEE. Even if you have seen the show before, many of the acts are new and just as spellbinding and humorous. We particularly loved the bubble act. You will marvel at the mesmerizing creations conjured by the simple act of blowing bubbles. 
   Seriously, Perthites, go enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of the Fringe World Festival. Terrific fun. We had a meal before at Positanos Northbridge (great value Italian food), which was delish and wandered up to the La Soirée Spiegeltent forty-five minutes early to ensure we had good seats (it’s first in, first served.) Probably one of the best nights, we’ve enjoyed in years. 
   And yes, I did enjoy my first and last ride on a unicycle and being part of the circus.  Needless to say, I won’t be running away with the circus any time soon. I sure love visiting, though.

Theatre Blurb

   The smash hit sensation of Fringe World 2015 is back! Impossible to define and impossible to resist, prepare to be amazed, amused, appalled, aroused, shocked, stirred and shaken as you enter the sexy, funny and dangerous world of LA SOIRÉE.

   Reviving the passion, heart, unforgettable style and good old-fashioned showmanship that made them favourites across the globe, these artists will present their twisted take on cabaret and variety in LA SOIRÉE.

Friday, July 24, 2015

West End Spirit comes to Northbridge Theatre


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Date:                       18th July to 9th August 2015
Time:                        Various
Location:                 Heath Ledger Theatre, Northbridge   
Bookings:             Ticketek Ph 1300 795 012
                                 In person at venue box office or Ticketek agencies

My thoughts
Photograph by Gary Marsh Photography 
      I grew up from a pre-school age going to the theatre with my father, who was passionate about books, theatre and ballet. Even if I was too young to understand the play, I still loved the experience. Something about good theatre just gets under your skin. It’s electric. This love continued into adulthood, and was only put on pause thanks to children. Recently, though, I’ve become a theatregoer again. So every now and then, you’re going to hear about the latest theatrical production here in Perth. I keep the same rules for theatre reviewing as book reviewing. If I don’t like it, I won’t review. However, if I do review, it means I have loved the experience, and I highly recommend you get along and see the production.

  Blithe Spirit comes with my highest endorsement. Written by the prolific genius Noel Coward during World War II, the production ran for 1,997 performances, outlasting the War (a West End record until The Mousetrap overtook it).
  Black Swan State Theatre Company has recreated the 1940’s brilliantly, complete with perfect English accents and an authentic country house. The play is witty, amusing, and visually stunning. The company had the misfortune of having one of their leads replaced due to illness only days before opening. Veteran thespian Alison van Reeken was brought in to take over. She did an extraordinary job to manage a wordy and physical role with minimal preparation. You may find if you are attending the early productions she is using a script prompt. However, this doesn’t detract greatly, except to have you marvelling at the wonderful job she does. The show must go on, and it certainly does.
Photograph: Gary Marsh Photography
   Charles Condomine is a novelist married for the second time to the assertive, opinionated and a touch acerbic Ruth (Adriane Daff). When Charles invites medium Madame Arcati (Alison Van Reeken) to conduct a séance as research for his latest book, Charles’ dead wife Elvira (Jo Morris) comes back in spirit form and attempts to rekindle their love, despite the obvious difficulties. Only poor Charles can see her, which causes enormous complications in his relationship with Ruth. It’s also an amusing insight into English lifestyle in Kent in mid-twentieth centry, with the maid Edith (Ella Hetherington) playing a humorous and key role in the story.
Photograph: Gary Marsh Photography
  Brava to the lighting designer Jon Buswell and costume and set designer Bryan Woltjen. The ghost of Elvira looked every bit ethereal as if on film. In fact, she was quite spellbinding. The costumes and set were as good as anything you will see in London’s West End or New York’s Broadway. I’ve seen many a small and big production in those places before children. The performances were energetic, perfectly played, and a delight to watch. Adriane Daff as second wife Ruth was so spectacular as she delivered a monologue during a scene, as she left the stage the audience applauded her.
   Blithe Spirit is a quality production of an intelligent, witty, and humorous play. If you don’t book tickets you might in fact find yourself haunted at missing out on a very special experience.

Theatre Blurb
While researching his next novel, Charles Condomine employs the services of a clairvoyant to see whether it is possible to contact souls in the afterlife. Unfortunately for Charles, the psychic summons the ghost of his dead wife, Elvira. It’s soon clear that the morally untidy Elvira wishes to reunite with her husband, much to the dismay of Charles’ new (and living) wife, Ruth.

Bookings:  Ticketek Ph 1300 795 012 in person at venue box office or Ticketek agencies/ or at     More Information click here