A Storm In A D Cup
Fringe World Festival 2015
Fringe has fired the public imagination and satisfies their appetite for diverse cultural experiences.
The Fringe World Festival provides a unique blend of entertainment that has brought the city of Perth to life. Growing in energy each year Fringe is now Perth’s leading art’s event and offers a bold combination of alternative and eclectic entertainment located in different venues throughout Northbridge, Midland, Victoria Park, Mandurah and Fremantle from 23rd January to 22nd February 2015.
It’s certainly hard to deny the uplifting atmosphere that the festival brings to the city and the surrounds by delivering a quality arts line-up and character themed venue’s. Noodle palace provided the setting for my first fringe experience, where the Central Institute of technology has been transformed into four theatre spaces ideally set against the city backdrop.
Asian themed, Noodle Palace offers a rooftop fringe experience complete with tiki bar and a game of noodle wars. Conical hat lights decorate the venue perfectly and lead the way to the different theatre spaces, the Ramen Room, Hokkien House, Laska Lounge and Soba Stadium. This rooftop location is an ideal setting to relax before and after your show to soak up the Fringe atmosphere.
Soba Stadium was the location for my first fringe show Storm in a D cup. This show is a hilarious, inspiring cabaret punctuated with cleverly written songs, unusual dance moves and a whole lot of side-splitting entertainment. It’s no wonder Amelia Ryan’s award winning one woman cabaret has been critically acclaimed and sold-out houses in New York, Adelaide, Melbourne Sydney and much more.
Hailing from the small country town of Bombo NSW Amelia shares her turbulent life stories from childhood innocence tainted by finding out her father was the only gay in the village. Amelia enchants and captivates the audience through her loveable personality and her honest recollection of different challenging times in her life. Amelia’s life story is flavoured with love, heartbreak and a brief stint (liability) as a very bad exotic dancer seasoned with a slight aversion to paying parking fines.
Her colourful life stories paint vivid pictures in the minds of the audience and you can feel the crowd fall in love with her and the dramatic events that have helped shape the person she is now. Ryan’s show progresses and changes just as life, never fully ending. It is hard to believe she has managed to fit so many events into one hour. Not only does Amelia fill your night with joy, resolution and a happily ever after it also changed my opinion of modern cabaret. Amelia engages the audience from the get go which is further emphasised when she plucks eager males from the audience to take to the stage with her.
Storm in a D-Cup gives you the confidence to weather the storms of life because as Amelia profoundly admitted, even the shittiest storms are our greatest blessings. Amelia has the humbling ability to put a positive sparkle on the most negative of situations noting ‘you can’t polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter’.
Storm in a d cup is a cabaret that encapsulates every element of the Fringe festival incorporating drama, comedy, witty lyrics and interesting dance moves captured through smart entertaining voice of Amelia Ryan. Amelia unbeknownst to herself teaches the audience a lesson in humility by weathering the storm of catastrophe through her truly entertaining story. I highly recommend going to see this show if you ever have the opportunity. The Fringe festival continues till 22nd February, check out the programme here.