Monday, 30 May 2016
Sweet Child of Mine | The Last Tuesday Society
Written by Lee Bemrose   
Saturday, 01 October 2011 18:28

Sweet Child of Mine | The Last Tuesday SocietyWhat is it with Fringe shows and Guns & Roses music? Jane Austen Is Dead: See You At The Wake as well as Sweet Child of Mine. Are there any more?

In a nutshell, Sweet Child of Mine is a wonky little ball of pure joy. Is it funny? Yes. Is it charming? Yes. Does it have moments of artistic nudity for all the family to enjoy and laugh at? Yes it does!

The show was created by daughter Bron Batten-Performer and her parents James Batten-Performer and Linda Batten-Performer. Silly hyphenated name, I know, but that's what it says in the program.

Bron's career is in The Arts. Her parents aren't quite sure what this means. We know this because Bron has interviewed them on their couch and filmed the interview. We watch footage of the oldies chuckling and speculating about what it is that Bron actually does, as well as what they think of contemporary art generally. And what do they think of it? They seem to find it all a bit baffling and think it must be a generational thing. They think it's jolly good that Bron is happy doing it though, whatever “it” is.

To clear things up for the audience as to what good contemporary art is according to Bron's parents, Bron draws on-stage a list of all the ingredients that combined make art... or interesting entertainment.

Throughout the filmed interview splashed onto the back wall of Studio 246, Bron performs some of her art, I guess to clear things up. Sometimes modern interpretive dance has to involve an eye patch, blue paint squooged bodily across an otherwise uninteresting floor, and an exiting bare bottom.

This is a wonderful show. It gently rips the piss out of pretentious contemporary performance while still holding hands with it, because that's what it is. It's having fun with how seriously art can take itself whilst also doing something a bit different.

Go see it for the laughs. Like me, you'll probably also want to give the Batten-Performer family a big cuddle of thanks.


The Last Tuesday Society presents
Sweet Child of Mine
Performed and Devised by Bron Batten and her Parents

Venue: Studio 246 | 246A Sydney Rd (Entry via Merri St), Brunswick
Dates: 28 Sep – 1 Oct 2011
Tickets: $16 – $14
Bookings: http://www.melbournefringe.com.au



Pin It

Comments (0)

Subscribe to this comment's feed

Write comment

You must be logged in to post a comment. Please register if you do not have an account yet.

busy
 
PozibleAustralian Stage JobsMembers Area
 

Most Read MELBOURNE Reviews

Straight White Men | Melbourne Theatre Company
Straight White Men arrives on our shores with the promise that audiences will be disturbed and ‘blindsided’; that they’ll c...
Singin' in the Rain
The Golden era of Hollywood gave the world a number of classic musicals. Few are more memorable than MGM's glorious salute...
Dogfight | Doorstep Arts
Based on the 1991 film of the same name, Dogfight is a brutal look into pre Vietnam War 1960s America, where heroes were yo...
After the Flood | Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen
After the Flood is a beautiful unpretentious work of storytelling, playing with tradition in ways both humorous and respect...
Paper | Owl and Cat Theatre
So the premise behind Paper is that a group of ambitious journos hatch a plan to boost their failing readership figures by...