FRINGEWORLD 2017 – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (4 Stars)

Review by Kieran Eaton

Poles Apart Theatre Company features thespians with an intellectual/physical disability – from the Mandurah region performing a satirical exploration of alienation.  It is a unique tale based on Greek mythology and a modern-day story of abandonment that creates a heart-warming show all about love.

This small group of performers display a beautiful passion for storytelling in brings a tear to the eye. Each display their own personalities throughout and this adds to this special show. The show starts with these actors staring at the crowd asking, “Am I good, bad, or ugly?” It gets you thinking deeply about how modern society wants us to think coldly about humanity and this is where we need people who may be different to raise our compassion. This night has a respectful feel to it bringing the best of these sweet-souled individuals. There is plenty of gratitude spread throughout their acting, creating a warmth to this performance.

In this theatre piece, props are kept to a minimum. However, there is important use news footage of the story of the baby that got abandoned in Thailand because she had Down Syndrome. This fusion of old and new highlights the universality of human emotions, like love and hate.  This close bunch are cheeky about their relationships with each other, playfully teasing throughout. They are all vitally inspirational and this is show is a pleasure to watch.


When: 31st January & 5th February 2017

Where: HUBBUB @ MANPAC | Mandurah | PERTH

Tickets: $16 – $18

Info: Duration 40 minutes | Suitable 15+ | WA Artist