FRINGEWORLD – Bogan Shakespeare presents: Macbeth (3.5 Stars)

Review by Kieran Eaton

Sometimes the best comedy comes from two diverging ideas mixing – think the classic ‘odd couple’ schtick – being a Shakespeare-loving bogan sure covers it nicely!

When you enter the upstairs venue of GELO at Piazza Hut to see a big pot centre stageyou might start to wonder what angle this show will take on their contrasting theme. As a theatre performance, you get a feeling there should be some good knowledge of the Shakespearean play. With such a small stage, it’s clear this is a low-scale production, so the pressure is on the actors to carry the show.

The action kicks off with some silly dialogue between witches and then a storyteller sets the tone, the plot line starts off unclear. There is some overly forceful acting, making it off putting at times. Enter Macca (Joe Mooney) who portrays a downtrodden bogan perfectly. Wearing a flannel checker shirt to emphasise the realism, Macca loves his cricket and dreams of one day being president of his club.  Bogan culture is embraced with use of cheap alcohol and  nick names based on their surnames. There is even petty jealousy between the WAGs of the Ellenbrook Cricket Club.

The humour is cheeky and cliché  with most digs at being a bogan, yet it has a lovable charm and is overall embracing of Australiana.  What builds it is the politics of a local sporting club that develops into a dark twist.  Let’s just say it ends justly, creating this embracing audience to leave on a happy note.


When: 8th – 12 February 2017 | 7:00pm

Where: GELO at Piazza Hut | Northbridge | PERTH

Tickets: $21

Info: Duration 60 minutes | Recommended 18+ | WA Artist