A Prudent Man

Exploring what it means to be right…in more ways than one

Written & Directed by KATY WARNER

Performed by LYALL BROOKS

Presented by LAB KELPIE

A prudent manWhat makes the Trumps, the Abbotts and the Hansons of this world tick?

What would happen if their world started to shift ever so slightly?
Hot on the tail of the US Elections, this speculative piece inspired by real life political events and people, is a dark comedic political thriller that was the critical and audience hit of the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival
Playing to sell-out houses it took home the coveted People’s Choice Award from over 400 productions, won the WA Tour Ready Award and was nominated for Best Performance.
Writer and director Katy Warner returns home to WA having recently won the 2016 AWGIE for Best Children’s Theatre for Reasons to Stay Inside and the 2016 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction for One Hundred and Fifty Seconds. Her 2013 Melbourne Fringe play Dropped was nominated for two Green Room Awards and performed at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.
Performer Lyall Brooks most recently appeared in the Helpmann Award nominated North by Northwest (Arts Centre Melbourne), The Heretic (MTC) and Sunday in the Park with George (Victorian Opera). He has received three Green Room award nominations.

★★★★★ “Profound and gripping viewing. You simply must see this shocking commentary on conservative politics.” – Theatre People

★★★★★ “This is theatre at the very top of its game: complex, enlightening and thoroughly accomplished.”
A conservative politician, a leader, a man in a snappy suit, an athlete in a bad tracksuit. Meet A Prudent Man – an amalgamation of the right-wing politician that haunts us all. “‘Fringe’ can sometimes be a euphemism for “low rent”. Not so for Lab Kelpie, which is one of Australia’s most exciting independent theatre companies on the rise.” – The Music Venue: The Shambles – Perth Cultural Centre

Date: 1 – 6 February 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Duration: 50 mins
Tickets: $25.00
Bookings: fringeworld.com.au or call (08) 9227 0588
Website: labkelpie.com

The interview was done with Lyall Brooks by Malti Elliott.

Bus Boy

busboyRorschach Beast return to Summer Nights at The Blue Room Theatre this FRINGE WORLD with a new production set locally on Rottnest Island.

Winners of FRINGE WORLD 2016’s Best Emerging Artist Award and Melbourne Fringe Ready to Tour Award, Rorschach Beast are back with a new show about isolation, friendship, and stealing buses.

Written by Izzy McDonald (dir. Girl in the Wood) and directed by Geordie Crawley (writ. Girl in the Wood), Bus Boy tells the story of Jerry, a young woman stuckbusboy2 in transition, and how her life changes irrevocably when she meets Bus Boy on a trip to Rottnest. Through secret sharing and grand theft auto, both realise dreams they never thought would come true, and confront past events they wish had stayed buried.

“I have been connected to the island since I was child on family holidays, to a teenager letting loose and a young adult performing in history plays in the old chapel,” McDonald says of the setting. “I feel connected to this place we all call our home for a weekend at a time, and how we interact with the island.”

Geordie Crawley takes to directing for the first time, saying that there’s an elation that comes from working with a tight-knit group of collaborators a second time around, but nerves are to be expected too. “Just about everything in this process terrifies me,” Crawley admits, “But that’s the fun of it.”

Lead by two of WA’s most exciting emerging theatre makers, Rorschach Beast made waves during FRINGE WORLD 2016 with their sell-out hit Girl in the Wood, which toured Melbourne Fringe later that year.

If Girl in the Wood was an arrival for these young creatives, Bus Boy is a way of them writing their names in wet cement.

The interview below was done by Malti Elliott with the writer/director Izzy Mcdonald.