While not detailing each ‘star rating’, I will be taking into account the following:
- How the show fits into the Melbourne Fringe Festival vision: “a celebration of cultural democracy and art for everyone…Melbourne Fringe is the place to go for pure, unadulterated, uncurated and unexpected artistic discovery”.
- A performer’s stage technique and the structure/framing of their show. Higher ratings will be given to shows that have a well thought-out structure and flow as well as where performers demonstrate excellent stage/performance technique.
- The content and innovation of the shows material. Higher ratings will be given to shows that deal with fresh content/material or demonstrate a new take on an issue.
- Is the show entertaining?
There are a few other elements I will take into consideration, some of which are ‘nice to have’ and others are ‘red flags’. These are tailored to my preference but are included for transparency.
Nice to have:
- Lots of laughs.
- The show’s theme is consistent or has a worthwhile message (regardless of comedy/humour content).
- Diction: clean, clear and confident delivery.
- Blaming an audience for the perceived failures of a show.
- Poorly executed audience participation.
- Over-reliance on toilet humour or stories of inebriation (drugs/alcohol).
- Over-reliance on yelling or shock-based content.
The Melbourne Fringe Festival is a wonderful time for some great left-field shows and an excellent opportunity to check out up-and-coming performers. Get amongst it and have a great festival!
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