The great way fringe festivals throw together acts of vastly different styles and quality into a mish-mash of comedy, music, theatrical performance and things that defy ready description was well and truly evident on Friday night.
Fringe World opened with three diverse acts in the new Noodle Palace venue.
Young up and coming comedian Dayne Rathbone is one of those rare beasts in comedy — an original. He looks like a rabbit in the headlights as he delivers a series of self-conscious, often cringe-inducing stories in the naive style of a six-year-old shyly talking to a stranger.
You feel embarrassed at laughing much of the time, but that is the whole idea. Rathbone puts a bit of everything in this show — poems and drawings, a reading of his children’s book, smut, dancing and some jokes.
Rathbone does a fine job of staying in character for 60 minutes while his often-mystified audience squirm in their seats.
In A Show Without Bill Mohan, the four-piece local outfit De Grussa Band deliver a short set of mostly original songs linked by a loose narrative in which the music is part of an FM radio show. The Bill Mohan of the title is the regular host but he is indisposed.
The band, led by Mike De Grussa on keyboards and powerful glam-rock style vocals, do a solid, professional job but they seem a little out of place in such a tiny venue and the radio show gimmick doesn’t really add much to their performance.
Win/Win: Power, Privilege and My Little Pony is local performer Leon Ewing's take on the battle between good and evil. His show is part of a national "lecture tour" to spread the bad word.
It's an interesting premise and Ewing looks the part with his skull mask as he prowls through the audience.
There are some amusing highlights but the narrative takes too many detours, with at times puzzling video clips, inconsistencies and loose ends.