Suburban stories come in from Fringe


Performance company Those Who Love You will take viewers on a suburban journey.
Performance company Those Who Love You will take viewers on a suburban journey.

The innovative travelling Fringe Festival show, performed by nine former and current Curtin University students, titled The Secret Garden captures the essence of an Australian back yard.

Director Rhiannon Petersen said the show captured its uniqueness and is part adventure, part performance and part backyard gathering.

“We wanted to make a show that captured the essence of an Australian back yard, the stories it can tell and how it can be transformed,” she said.

“We also wanted to bring theatre to the back yards of Perth and reach people who might not see that much theatre.”

With plenty of whimsy, the show asks whether in a land of strange structures and segmented universes, is there room for one to exist?

Viewers are urged to take a seat in the back yard of an everyday Aussie bloke, who will spin a yarn as his world is encroached upon by paranoia and pests.

Others will meet two lonely creatures adrift on an island of suburban swamps and glass mountains as they search for a home in a foreign land.

Each show is held in an inconspicuous residential back yard with homemade lemonade, with the buzz of a neighbourhood gathering featuring tunes and tales from the creatures of suburbia.