FRINGEWORLD 2017 – Sense and Spontaneity (4.5 Stars)

Review by Kieran Eaton

Well, what do you get when you combine Jane Austen-style acting with improvisation suggestions from the crowd?  You get a loveable show by improv actors, Esther Longhurst and Jessica Messenger. This duo work with a special chemistry that feels quite like a twin connection – with their natural understanding of what each other wants to do.

When the audience looks at the Restoration-era clothing on this duo there is anticipation that they’re in for something different. This show is starkly different from what Perth audiences expect from improv-comedy and this is what gives its charm. It does not matter if you have not read any Austen literature because these two comedic actors are just naturally funny.

Sense and Spontaneity starts with Longhurst and Messenger bantering with the audience, asking who’s read Jane Austen novels and giving us an insight into the inspiration for their show. Then they ask the audience if anybody is here with a best friend. This night the best answer comes from a couple that have been together for about twenty years so they became the volunteers for information that would be incorporated in the show. All this information is cleverly threaded into their dramatic piece, parodying this bygone era to a beautiful ending.

Sense and Spontaneity is a thoughtful concept with quick-humoured lines that makes it an impressive hour of entertainment. See this show if you want to reconnect your love of Austen or want an education on this style.


When: 20th January – 11th February 2017 | 6:00pm/7:45pm

Where: The Shambles | and Funtavia Outer Metro

Tickets: $16 – $21

Info: Duration 60 minutes | Suitable all ages | WA Artist