Bye Bye World was my introduction to Fringe World 2012, and it didn’t disappoint. The Dutch play won the “Best of Amsterdam Fringe” award last year and the 3 ladies behind the production have brought it to Australian audiences. Presumably it was written in the native tongue, but has been translated and beautifully performed by Anna Gehring and Vera Ketelaars.
Even though English was clearly their second language, both girls had excellent pace, diction and pronunciation. They told the story of Olga and Dina, two ladies who (unknown to each other) had each found the end of their tether in their mundane existences and dared to leave it all behind.
Director Marjolein Frijling has created an intimate view for us by allowing the characters ample space and time to fully explore their respective journeys. With great conviction, the actors gave themselves over to each moment, moving the audience past the point of “awkward” to revel in the emotion of the experience.
The old Treasury building on Barrack St (between Hay St and St George’s Tce) has been transformed into a multi performance venue. There are 8 separate spaces that host theatre, music, cabaret and visual art as well as a bar and some food stalls. When we emerged from our show tonight we were fascinated to see two “merpeople” swimming around in a lit up tank next to the stage. The atmosphere could aptly be described as festive.
Tickets can be purchased online, at one of the many outlets through the city or from the caravan at the venue on the night.
2012 Fringe World Festival
Bye Bye World
Venue: The Treasury Back Room | Corner St Georges Tce & Barrack St Perth
Dates: 27 Jan – 18 Feb 2012