Hugs achieved: x 1
Ross, full of nervous energy and a bit of caffeine, describes his 2016 festival performance as that of “an unhinged person” which is “divisive” and that “polarises people”. He recounts a story about a couple that attended his show, one loved it and the other hated it – possibly so polarising to break up the couple. A possible tagline for his next flyer: “A performance that might ruin your relationship”!
Hindsight can be a brutal educator but Ross appears to be at a stage where he will benefit from taking time to work on what has and hasn’t worked, and in parts, perhaps focusing on tailoring his show to appeal to a wider audience. “I want to try and do something that is a bit more accessible” notes Ross. While this is a challenge that could restrict artist creativity, it may afford greater enjoyment for both Ross and his audience. Despite any compromise Ross may make, there is the possibility that his future gigs will continue to be “big, loud and weird”.
Keen to check out Ross’ on stage? He will be doing a show at the Melbourne Fringe (held 15 September to 2 October 2016) titled ‘Safari Psychosis’ with Damien Vosk.
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