Presented by Rebecca Church
Reviewed on 15 March 2017
When Becky Lou was a schoolgirl, she’d sit with her classmates on the school oval and form a story circle. It’s how she learnt about the world and shared her own experiences, and now she’s started her own story circle for the Fringe.
Inviting performers from a range of backgrounds to share the stage and their stories with her, she began this night with a cabaret performance so energetic she lost her wig and a tassel. The show must go on, though, and it was a message reinforced by a later story of a burlesque gig that went so horribly wrong it involved a costume on fire, black eyes in the audience and a lot of embarrassment.
As well as comedic tales, we also heard about deeply personal family tragedies, and each story was accompanied by a performance. It’s not every day you’ll hear a tall drag queen in costume talking about their mother’s breast cancer and following it up with a comedy routine. A range of acts graced the stage, and the performances included a song with musical saw, a dance routine and a very tongue in cheek burlesque performance.
Seen & Heard is a rare chance to get up close and very personal with the people behind some of the shows at the Fringe.
Reviewed by Alexis Buxton-Collins
Rating out of 5: 3
Venue: Henrietta’s at The Henry Austin
Season: until 18/3
Duration: 60 minutes
Tickets: $25, Concession $20