FRINGEWORLD 2017 – Stuart Bowden: A Series of Portraits (4.5 stars)

Review by Amanda Lancaster


Wait, what? You cant go starting a show like that, can you? Well, Stuart Bowden does. It is with just that tiny little phrase that Bowden has the audience instantly hooked and desperately waiting to know what happens.

The peformance is created in what I can only describe as a do-it-yourself kind of fashion. With only some milk crates, Bowden fashions props and set pieces ccontinuously  throughout the peromance. He also adds in some simple aesthetic illustrations to compliment his spoken word style of storytelling.

The audience watches on amused as Bowden drags, stacks, and clambers into and over his cate creations, with such zeal that at one point you want to remind the poor man about occupational heath and saftey!

Bowden also creates an entire soundtrack to the performanc right in front of us. Assembled in iterative passes and layered though a loop pedal before bing left to simply run in the back ground as he continues on with the tale. This not only gives a beauifully sweet feel to the atmosphere of Bowden’s work but also echoes some of the narration’s frequntly humorous moments from earlier in the show.

For  FRINGEWORLD 2017, Bowden is performing a series of 5 shows as a chonologicl retrospective of his works, each showcasing his incredible storytelling abilities and theatrical style. His ability to weave not only a beautful tale but also to take the reactions of the audience into the monologues is inimitable.

Retrospective work this may be, but such talents make the overall piece seem fresh an suprising, even at times it seems to our star.

I saw the first of Bowden’s works – the world holds everyone apart, apart from us and if this is the standard of the other works produced by Stuart Bowden, you all need to go out and get tickets right now as this man’s work will without a doubt only get better and better.


When: 7th – 11th February 2017 | 9:00pm

Where: The Blue Room Theatre | Fringe Central | PERTH

Tickets: From $23

Info: Duration 70 minutes | suitable 15+