Thornlie like the wolf

Lovely Thornlie work. By Jaidyn Jaxxon.



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Gasping at Flaws, Ben Elton’s Gasp Review

The main concern I had with Gasp in the first half, was that it wasn’t bad enough. It was pretty ordinary, the jokes were generally average and the hammered in WA references were often excruciating, (cut them all out) and it was very shouty, but initially it wasn’t the stinker I didn’t pay good money for. Certainly not as bad as the two Wintons I saw at this beautiful theatre. I quite liked the bits and pieces sliding in and out for the set changes and Damon was pretty good as Hugh Laurie, but it was just not terrible enough. I could see it would have possibly worked as TV, but on stage, no.

Fortunately after the break Gasp totally died in the arse. Well thank god for that. The letter from the American Indian, the Gina Rheinhart and Clive Palmer jokes, (please cut them all)  – it all failed in a way the first half just couldn’t achieve. I guess you want to know whether Ben Elton wore shoes for the curtain call? Yes, he did, although fairly high heeled. And I didn’t see another soul apart from myself wearing a cravat. Fucking pigs. So all in all, I was disappointed in the level of disappointment at first at least. And it’s difficult to know why Black Swan, (Still unaccountably sticking with the sniffing the swan’s arse logo) would want this production. Why would they ask Ben Elton to rewarm a 25 year old play by adding some Tim Tam and (again) Gina jokes? And why would Ben do it? It’s all very well commissioning Tim Winton and assumedly a busload of dramaturgs to bodge up a ghost aborigine piece. But this? Why? Very odd. Are they going to add references to Prix D’Amour, Rose Hancock and Colin Barnett’s shark policy to the Noel Coward they are bringing out next year? That’s what this was like. If the play is classic enough to revive, then it is classic enough not to have forced Perth jokes rammed in every few seconds. Much more interestingly, they were giving away free copies of The West in the lobby. Those better not show up on the circulation figures Kerry. I was astonished to find that Bunbury was to become an Asian Hollywood. Or should that be Asian Bollywoood? That doesn’t sound right either. But in any case, True Story.bunbury

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War of the Dozers

But perhaps a little just warring? Fremantle Arts Centre Comedy of Errors was disrupted (as was Pete F’s snooze) by some worthy peacenickery.
Sound trumpets! let our Jervois Thunder colours wave!
And either victory, or else an empty Ugg boot shop save…




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No Leederville Picnic

This is what’s missing from Subiaco. Although exactly what she’s doing isn’t entirely clear. Where is that picnic? Is this like hiding the chokito? By Daniel B.


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From little things…

Perth Modern celebrates their Rolfian heritage. I hear there was some classic (ie played) weedkiller C&B drawing action on the playing field too. It can happen. By Hugh Jass.


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Outrage Sunday 168 not about smoking

I paused while accompanying Krazy Kym in and out of Midland bazaars to admire this PoVi artwork (I apologise for the clouds marring the relentless blue sky): lightartHere in Midland we’re into art, and we love philosophy. I was entanced by this letter in The Echo. I think TLA should invite the correspondent to join The Cuban Book Burning Club… rabidnationIf you missed my (much shorter) letter to a different newspaper which also had a philosophical bent, knock yourself out. It provoked this counterblast. And beret-tip to balcony-tripper Bento, who admired the quotes in this David ‘Ding Dong’ Bell scoop: pedoHave a rage-maintaining Sunday, and don’t get bogged! bogged

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Snuff’s Missing Links 46

Kate Moss.

This article discusses a few things that I’d wondered about, and which now that I understand better, wouldn’t change for the world.



Ryan Schude.

When good reads go bad.

Constructive criticism.

Ink by the barrel.

Watermelon man.

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