Fairytale with a cruel twist
Violette Ayad and Holly Garvey. Picture: Ian Gillespie/The West Australian

They've filled a tiny theatre with fairy floss for a play that is far from being all sweetness and light.

Rabbithead, described as a deliciously dark fairytale that is more Snowtown than Snow White, opened last night as one of the first shows to kick off the City of Perth Winter Arts Season.

It is part of a lively program at the Blue Room in the Perth Cultural Centre and a wider winter arts season of more than 150 theatre, music, comedy, cabaret, visual arts, film and community events across the city.

Performers Holly Garvey and Violette Ayad use a fairy floss machine to make costumes and scenery that slowly melts during the play about two cruel friends and a mysterious intruder called Rabbithead.

Audience members would be served sticks of fairy floss to get in the spirit of the show, Garvey said.

Directed by Ian Sinclair, Rabbithead examined how the relationship of co-dependent best friends could turn sour and dangerous. "There is this sort of storybook idea with all these sugary, sickly, sometimes super-ficial elements," Garvey said.

The City of Perth Winter Arts Season will be launched in Forrest Place on Friday at 5pm, with a hawkers market and performances from electro-swing band Nicola Milan and the Stray Cat Club, stars from the Perth International Burlesque Festival and the Viola Dana ensemble.

Rabbithead runs until June 14.


The West Australian

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