FRINGEWORLD 2017 – West of the Moon (5 stars)

Review by Amanda Lancaster

Once upon a time there was a charming and talented performance artist named Clare Testoni who bravely took to the stage of the Blue Room Theatre to twist and turn what was once a collection of Scandinavian folk tales into the magical performance West of the Moon.

Based on  an old traditional Nordic version of the story Beauty and the Beast, West of the Moon is, if you will, a modern take  on the narrative. Cleverly interspersed with elements of adventure and magic from other fairy tales, the show takes on a beautifully relatable  and nostalgic undertone that those of all ages will enjoy.

The basic premise that holds the narrative together throughout the performance is that of a  mother  weaving  a bedtime story  for her daughter who is, charmingly, named Boots. In what can only be described as a fairytale come to life prepare to delve head first into a spectacular world of fantasy.

Starring our charming heroine armed with only her over sized sword and her warriors spirit the audience willingly   follows along into the exciting realm of make believe and magic. Without giving too much of the show’s spellbinding examples of artistry away, expect  physical theatre interspersed with meticulously crafted props and some of the best shadow puppetry I’ve seen, all overlaid with an originally crafted score that could have come straight out of out of a storybook.

A coming of age journey about the  perils that await us all as we grow up and the moral choices that we each face to truly make us into who we are meant to be told with phenomenal stage skill and various performance mediums . The show is seamless. It’s original and charming, enchanting, and definitely will not leave you wanting. . . except maybe for an encore!


When: 31st January – 4th February 2017 | 6:30pm

Where: The Blue Room Theatre | Fringe Central | PERTH

Tickets: $21 – $26

Info: Duration 60 minutes | Recommended 10+ | WA Artist