HOT TIPS | Picks for the festival season – Thom

Posted by Thom Smyth, December 9th, 2017

We’ve got a new news section coming up for you over the next few weeks as we head into all the festival craziness of Fringe and Perth Festival.

Each week, the team will let you in on what they’re looking forward to from the hundreds of shows on offer. And we’re kicking it off with Thom’s hot tips – he’s in town to work with Sensorium Theatre on their new show Whoosh! and has been perusing the programs for these winners. Check em out!

Here at Performing Lines WA, we’ve all got our own stuff that we’re particularly passionate about. I’m all about queer and experimental performance, movement, political work that challenges us to be better, and stuff that makes you go “I don’t what I just watched but holy crap that was ace”. Here’s a few of the things that jumped out as super-exciting for your eyes, ears and brains.


TOP PICK – Nat Randall and Anna Breckon’s The Second Woman | 3 – 4 March
Hnnnnnng!! Nat Randall’s gruelling 24-hour endurance performance, coupled with stunning live cinema work by Anna Breckon and EO Gill, is by far the most amazing thing I’ve seen in ages. I went in to Bay 20 at Carriageworks aiming to check it out for about an hour…I emerged five and a half hours later completely blown away, thrilled, repulsed and charged up with that ‘woooah I just saw something life altering’ buzz. Do it. Hot tip – bring a cushion if you’re in for the long haul at PICA. Tickets on the door. More info>>

Betty Grumble – Love & Anger | 5 – 11 Feb
If you haven’t experienced this womanifesto from the undisputed queen of Sydney’s queer party scene, you really should think about rectifying that situation. It’s the call to arms and sparkler up the butt we need in these dark times. Get tickets>> 

Dance North & Lucy Guerin Inc – Attractor | 8 – 10 Feb
Gideon Obarzanek (formerly of Chunky Move) and Lucy Guerin are legends. Here they team up with Australia’s current hottest dance company Dance North and Indonesian noise rockers Senyawa to create a hypnotic, cathartic dance ritual. You can also register to be part of the action on stage. Get tickets>>


Hot Brown Honey | 8 – 25 Feb
Perth, it’s finally your chance to decolonise and moisturise! Hot Brown Honey is a political force that demands your attention and will spur you to action. Led by the inimitable Busty Beatz and Linda Catalano and featuring a host of legends including Ghenoa Gela and Perth’s very own Ofa Fotu, the show has rocked venues around Australia and the world. I caught it at the Opera House earlier this year and it’s a big, bold, joyous middle finger to the straight old white guys ruining the world. Get tickets>>

The Blue Room Theatre – MicroMove | 13 – 17 Feb
A mini-festival of new contemporary dance works by some of Perth’s most exciting choreographers and dance makers. Enough said really. Get tickets>> 

Supple Fox – Siren Song | 9 – 18 Feb
The hit of Dark Mofo this year, Siren Song put banks of speakers either side of the Derwent and on key buildings, with song marking dawn and dusk each day. Cannot wait to see and hear how it transforms the CBD here. More info>> 


Gravity & Other Myths – A Simple Space | 27 Jan – 11 Feb
Insanely talented performers doing incredible tricks with no nonsense. It’s impossible not to be impressed by this gang. We toured this show in 2015 and 2016  – now they’re taking over the world, performing across the US, Europe and Asia. Check out this festival hit before they head to APAM. Get tickets>>

Julia Croft – Power Ballad | 27 Jan – 3 Feb
Last year’s Summer Nights hit If There’s Not Dancing At The Revolution, I’m Not Coming was a treat, fusing pop culture and cinema references to create a bold, exciting, feminist call to arms. Power Ballad throws karaoke, live art and linguistic anarchism into a performance lecture blender for viewing pleasure. Yes please. Get tickets>>


Static Drive Co – Night Sweats | 2 – 10 Feb
A brand new show from a brand new company of promising emerging Perth performance makers, backed by a solid team. Keen to see what they do with this one. Also it’s a real good image. Get tickets>>

Perth Festival Visual Arts | Various dates
There are some amazing artists exhibiting at Perth Festival. Don’t miss Lisa Reihana, Latai Taumoepeau, Kimsooja and Pilar Matar Dupont’s exhibitions. More info>>