The must-see shows of Subilicious
FRINGE World is set to unleash its usual collection of extraordinary shows on Perth from 15 January to 14 February – and Subiaco will play host to its very own collection of side shows. Here’s our pick of the best Subilicious events you won’t want to miss.
Theatre and Performance
A Nought for a Cross, Subiaco Arts Centre, 28 to 30 January, $29
A world premiere, this show promises to be a cross between and old-fashioned Western showdown and the Karate Kid. If that doesn’t make you immediately pick up the phone to book a ticket, then we can’t be friends. Set around the ultimate game of noughts and crosses, new kid on the block Trev (Christopher Moro, Quokka Apocalypse) sets the cat among the pigeons with two titans of the game Damo (Jordan Valentini) and Lucy Lu-Lu (Tamara Creasey). With new mate Donald (Ryan Marano), Trev must put it all on the line to become the very best player of this ancient game. Presented by The Perthian Chronicles this is the perfect post-Christmas entertainment if you loved The Queen’s Gambit.
Don’t miss . . . Armistice, St Andrew’s Church, Subiaco, 8 and 9 February, $15.
Head to Subiaco’s beautiful St Andrew’s Church for an evening of spoken word and live music performance featuring modern and old poetry about the futility of war.
Music and Musicals
Growing Pains: A New Australian Musical, Subiaco Arts Centre, 3 to 6 February, $25
Three musicals for the price of one? We’re very much in favour of that and Growing Pains promises to deliver a melodic treat for lovers of the genre. Winners of the Julie Michael Cabaret Award and new writers Noah Godsell and Jack Martin set out to challenge one of the eternal questions – what is love? Three mini-musicals introduce the audience to characters grappling with sexual discoveries, finding ‘the one’ and doing the right thing, no matter what. Bring an open heart and prepare to fall in love.
Don’t miss . . .The Pipe Organ at the Movies, St Andrew’s Church Subiaco, 10 to 11 February, $15.
If you’re a sucker for hearing a church pipe organ in full song accompanying some old-school movie themes with a screen show, then this show should tick all the boxes. Also for one night only at the church on 12 February, hear harpist Eliza Bourgault’s debut album Girl in the Mirror
. A deeply personal, revealing and ethereal performance is guaranteed.
Cabaret and Variety
Golden Aged Girls, Subiaco Arts Centre, 9 to 13 February , $34 to $36
They scooped an award at 2019’s Fringe World, sold out their show in 2020 and this year, the Golden Age Girls are back with a sequel to their smash hit show. It’s clever cabaret which also panders to those who just love a musical night out, and you know you’re in safe hands with Amy Fortnum and Jess Clancy, both alumni of WAAPA. They’ve already toured this show in Sydney and bringing it back home just cements these two leading ladies as shining stars of the genre. Expect fun and games as star sopranos Ruth and Irene realise that as their funeral business dries up, it’s time for their daughters Judy and Barbara to step up. The two youngsters refuse to live in their mothers’ shadows, reigniting Ruth and Irene’s deadly, unquenchable thirst for fame. Delicious.
Don’t miss . . . What Makes a Musical a Musical – The (Musical) Cabaret, Subiaco Arts Centre, 9 to 13 February , $35.
Grey Lantern Productions reveal just what goes into making a musical tick, covering all the tropes and stereotypes you could wish for, from demanding divas to sad ingenues. You’ll find a clue to the vibe in some of the song’s titles – This Is An Opening Number, and Nothing Is Original – making this a blast from the moment the curtain is raised.
The Lucky Cat, Subiaco Arts Centre, 25 to 19 January , $20
If it’s a Monkey Brain production, you know that you’ll be in for a show packed with physical virtuosity, puppetry and visual treats. Alex believes she’s the unluckiest kid in the world and although she tries her best, nothing seems to go her way. That is until she meets Tet, the luckiest cat in the world (and of course Tet is a black cat). Inspired by Studio Ghibli, follow Alex and Tet as they try to retrieve her luck from the world of Fate. This is a delightful, engaging tale for all ages designed to make us all think about what luck really is.
Don’t miss . . . Pitch Slapped, Subiaco Arts Centre, 23 January, $27.
If you loved Pitch Perfect or Glee, then prepare to have your acapella itch scratched by Perth’s singing competition which returns in 2021. Will a new group dethrone the champs of 2020? Note: you will be allocated the best seats available on arrival.