FRINGEWORLD 2017 – Art of Bedfighting (4.5 stars)

Review by Laura Money

Art of Bedfighting is a whimsical and indie show that explores the intricacies of being alone and how we can fight within ourselves if left alone too long. Alia Vryens comes home to an empty house, takes off her cardigan, shoes, and bra, and gets comfortable for a night in. Alone. Set to the original music of Colin Craig on piano, Vryens dances with her empty clothes on a clothes hanger and you instantly fall in love with her.

This show is a little bit jubilant and a little bit sad, it’s sweet and whimsical, and low and melancholic. Vryens not only creates wonderful performance art pieces, she sings original songs. Her voice is clear, yet wispy at the same time. She is the perfect vehicle for Craig’s indie compositions. The happy ups are sweet – growing a flower from reluctant soil, drinking large amounts of wine, and building a fort out of bedclothes that covers the whole audience. Yet, the downs are tear-enducing – setting the table for two, only to remember the palpable aloneness she feels, trying to be mature and failing to do the basic of adult duties – make a cup of tea. Her frustrations are real – she has trouble administering self-love in a beautiful moment that will make you LOL.

Art of Bedfighting is about depression, break-ups, coping, self acceptance, and love. If you ever struggle to adult, this is the show that will give you all the feels.

When: 14th – 19th February 2017 | 10:00pm

Where: Perth Town Hall | Cathedral Square | PERTH

Tickets: $16 – $25

Info: Duration 55 minutes | Suitable 15+