Fest Mag – ICONIC: an Interview with Ian Stroughair aka Velma Celli

Dragging up History with Velma Celli: Ian Stroughair interview Ian Stroughair aka Velma Celli takes Fringe audiences through drag's storied past By Letti K-Ewing PUBLISHED 08 MAR 2018 Caberet performer and London’s West End theatre alumnus, Ian Stroughair, has an iconic story to tell about LGBTQIA history. Two stories actually, if you count the endearingly camp …

Fest Mag – The Colour Orange: The Pauline Hanson Musical: Review ★★★

The Colour Orange: The Pauline Hanson Musical ★★★ By Letti K-Ewing PUBLISHED 04 MAR 2018 Musicals about Australian politicians always seem to land well amid a government that is constantly the butt of the nation’s jokes. But the folks behind The Colour Orange: The Pauline Hanson Musical belt out some food for thought: "Maybe the joke is on …

Fest Mag – Review: Memories of Growing Up ★★★★

21: Memories of Growing Up ★★★★ By Letti K-Ewing PUBLISHED 04 MAR 2018 Human emotion in art is difficult to portray with authenticity. Even rarer still is the ability to elicit that mirrored experience of genuine emotion from viewers. Swiss artist Mats Staub manages this feat brilliantly in 21: Memories of Growing Up. This audio-visual installation serves …

Fest Mag – Have You Tried Yoga? Review ★★★★

Have you tried yoga? ★★★★ By Letti K-Ewing PUBLISHED 04 MAR 2018 Have you tried yoga? tackles the toxic notions of what it means to have a disability, by rebuking the wider narrative that disabilities are confining or burdensome, and by bluntly telling anyone with homeopathic or wellness strategies to, quite explicitly, "fuck off." Rachel Edmonds stars …

Fest Mag – FARRAGO by Anna Cherkasova: Review ★★★

Anna Cherkasova: FARRAGO ★★★ By Letti K-Ewing PUBLISHED 25 FEB 2018 Anna Cherkasova has taken over Nexus Arts’ gallery space by adorning the walls with her precise black and white line-work, in an interactive installation that invites viewers of all ages to pick up a coloured pen and join in the fun. This is an evolving …

Fest Mag – Revenge: Review ★★★

Revenge ★★★ By Letti K-Ewing PUBLISHED 25 FEB 2018 Revenge is a dish best served cold, which burlesque performer and singer-songwriter Irene Nicola attempts to convey through impressive original cabaret numbers and abrasive verbal takedowns of the male gender. While Nicola’s feminist intention is clear from her opening monologue, “this show is about rage, pain, sadness, …

Fest Mag – Diffusion: The Movies In My Mind: Review ★★★★

Diffusion: The Movies In My Mind ★★★★ By Letti K-Ewing PUBLISHED 25 FEB 2018 Self-professed chameleon of the stage, cabaret performer Cazeleon takes the helm in their one-person show embarking on a journey through cinematic history with a deeply personal twist. In this cabaret spectacular, Cazeleon employs a linear sequencing of movie eras to tell the …