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Fringe World review: Holland St Productions, What Doesn’t Kill You [blah blah] Stronger ·
Downstairs at The Maj, 5 February ·
Review by Jenny Scott ·

What Doesn’t Kill You [blah blah] Stronger is a gloriously funny whirlwind of a cabaret, paying tribute to those who have suffered notable near-death experiences – such as Alexander Selkirk (who was marooned on an island of feral cats), Anne Hodges (the only known person to be hit by a meteorite), and Violet Jessup (the unfortunate stewardess who survived three shipwrecks).

Although most of these stories will sound familiar to anyone with a passing interest in weird historical anecdotes, the aggressively charismatic Erin Hutchinson and Tyler Jacob Jones transform these tales into a diverse assortment of hilarious musical numbers.

Joined by Joshua Haines on piano, who plays an original score by composer Robert Woods, this cast of three exceptionally skilled local performers is an absolute delight to watch on stage. Their ceaseless enthusiasm, faultless musical capabilities and charmingly weird jokes ensure that the show remains captivating from beginning to end.

Special mention goes to Jones’s two-hatted “trio” musical number – and where else can you hear WA performers use their classically trained voices to sing about faeces over a calypso beat?

What Doesn’t Kill You… was last seen at the 2018 Fringe World, where it won both the Martin Sims Award for the best new Western Australian work, and the The West Australian Arts Editor Award. It’s easy to see why.

What Does Kill You [blah blah] stronger plays Downstairs at the Maj until February 9.

Pictured top are Tyler Jacob Jones and Erin Hutchinson. Photo: Pia Fruin.

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Cabaret, Calendar, February 18, Performing arts

Fringeworld: What Doesn’t Kill You [blah blah] Stronger

13 – 17 February @ Downstairs At The Maj •
Presented by Holland St Productions & Ace’s Cabaret •

A wickedly funny new cabaret featuring bizarre and extraordinary tales of survival from all over the world.

A river guide gets swallowed by a hippopotamus…and survives.

A British stewardess makes it through not one, not two, but three shipwrecks, including the maiden voyage of the ill-fated Titanic.

An Alabama housewife gets hit by a meteorite, and lives to tell the tale!

These true stories, and more, make up WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU [blah blah] STRONGER, a love letter to misfortune, and a tribute to those unlucky (or lucky?) souls who managed to escape it.

Featuring local performers Erin Hutchinson and Tyler Jacob Jones, with musician Joshua Haines playing a vibrant original score by composer Robert Woods, WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU [blah blah] STRONGER is a unique, hilarious Fringe experience not to be missed.

Presented by Holland St Productions, the team behind Fringe favourites Dr Felicity Rickshaw’s Celebrity Sex Party (720 ABC Theatre Award – WA Winner), Point & Shoot (Martin Sims Award 2014, Artrage Theatre Award 2014, Sydney Fringe Musical Theatre & Cabaret Award 2014, Brighton Fringe Argus Archangel Award 2015) and Falling to the Top (Artrage Theatre Award 2013 – WA Winner), as well as newly created musical Summer Of Our Lives (Malcolm Robertson Foundation Award Winner – Black Swan Emerging Writers Group 2017).

More info: www.ptt.wa.gov.au/venues/his-majestys-theatre/whats-on/what-doesnt-kill-you-blah-blah-stronger
Email: holland.st.productions@gmail.com

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