Fringe World showdown in Love/Hate Actually

Amy Currie and Natalie Bochenski.
Amy Currie and Natalie Bochenski.

BRISBANE performers Amy Currie and Natalie Bochenski have had the same heated discussion on Facebook every year at the beginning of December since they met doing improvised comedy almost a decade ago.

“I’d post something about how much I was looking forward to watching Love Actually again this year and she’d post about why it, and I, were terrible,” Currie said.

“Nat’s a former journalist so she got the idea to do a story about it at one point that got a bit of traction, so that just added fuel to the fire. Eventually we decided to settle it once and for all.”

The result was show Love/Hate Actually that premiered at Brisbane’s Wonderland Festival in December and will have a second season at Fringe World from January 27 to February 4.

“It’s best described as a comedy showdown where we put our points of view across in some very creative ways,” Currie said.

“There are some sketches, persuasive arguments and prizes. It’s a fun night out and at the end of it the audience gets to choose which of us is correct.

“I have been very pleased because the majority of the time in Brisbane love has won and mean, old Grinch Natalie has gone home with maybe her heart warmed just a little bit.”

Currie said even though the film was a little silly, watching it still put her in a good mood.

“I must have seen it 100 times but I always cry at the end; it’s just such a feel-good film,” she said.

“Nat has been known to describe the film as “manipulative” but I prefer to think of it as a very good example of pushing all those rom-com buttons. It knows what it is and it does it really well.

“And it sounds soppy but I love performing with Nat, even though we have a bit of a fight in this.

“I think audiences will see that ours is a very strong friendship and we love arguing and have so much fun doing silly voices, putting on funny wigs and generally running around the stage being idiots.”


What: Love/Hate Actually

Where: Casa Mondo, The Pleasure Garden, Northbridge

When: January 27 to February 4