Review: Annelies Gartner
You shook me all night long, well at least for about an hour. It was the ringing in my ears that continued into the night.
Like any good heavy metal concert, Bogan Bingo is loud. All the "greatest" bogan rock anthems are synchronised to the call of the balls.
No one is safe from ridicule during the ball drop; politicians, sport stars, family members and even poor Steve Irwin cop a spray.
This Fringe World performance attracted a range of people, from what appeared to be professional bingo players to well-heeled 20-somethings to, umm, well ... bogans.
Two mullet-clad men are hosts and seemed more intent on having a party than explaining the rules of the game – that came quite a few numbers into play. Although a fair bit of time was spent explaining what you should call out depending on which numbers dropped – calls I'm sure you'd never hear your nanna repeat in a bingo hall.
In true bogan spirit, an air guitar competition breaks up the game as competitors rush to the stage to compete for the "ultimate" prize, title of winner and a little something that is sure to go straight to the pool room.
Of course, there's also a prize for the first person to get all the numbers and I came oh so close. With one number remaining I jumped to my feet and gave my best Lleyton Hewitt "come on" only to be pipped at the post.
Bogan Bingo began back in 2005 and is proof that, love 'em or hate 'em, bogans are here to stay.Bogan Bingo runs until February 23 and is part of Fringe World 2013. Tickets are available from www.fringeworld.com.au.
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