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50 ways to smooch - Dr Toni Stevenson-Smith will see you now
Whether you're a smoocher, a smacker, or a snogger, grab your mints, and rush to see Appropriate Kissing for All Occasions presented by ReAction Theatre at Club Voltaire at the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival – on now until 30 September. Book your tickets here .
Meet Toni Stevenson-Smith (Christina McLachlan) sponsored by the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival to be your intimacy coach. She is recently 'out of a relationship' with a string of famous ex-lovers and self-help books automatically qualifying her as an expert in kissing, the anatomy of the tongue, and sex therapy. She will guide you through the subtle intricacies of osculation, and provide you with feedback about your prowess. Wanna try?
Appropriate Kissing for All Occasions presented by ReAction Theatre
On opening night Dr Toni summoned four passionate peckers from the audience to demonstrate the art of kissing. She presented scenarios like the 'First Kiss', 'Kissing in Public Places' and the 'Long Farewell Kiss' and her willing volunteers were often left gobsmacked after the experience. We learnt about the anatomy of the tongue, papillae, mucosa, and difference in choreography required for a 'first date kiss' to the 'I want to take you home kiss'. Dr Toni was adamant that shoving your tongue into another's mouth is never acceptable, unless consented too, and must be reciprocated in order to be sexy. Also, just to be clear kissing like a washing machine on spin cycle with an overflow of saliva is a turn-off. Think about what your lover can learn from your tongue, or contract?
Did you know the average adult has 9000 taste buds?
Laura McAloney in 'to heat you up and cool you down'
The second play in this double bill is 'to heat you up and cool you down' also written by David Finnigan and Isab Martinez. It is a sexual exploration/coming out story of waitresses in a café, who form secret crushes on each other amidst the ritual mundanity of waiting on tables.
Laura McAloney, Erin Pattison and Christine McLachlan are the love-struck waitresses
Directed by Louise Howlett (ReAction Theatre) in an absurdist style the waitresses Bird and Coin (Christina McLachlan) Christine and Lute (Erin Pattison) and Onie and Tick (Laura McAloney) present stories of their infatuation and betrayal, falling in love with women.
The complexity in this piece is the suppression of emotions - feeling overwhelmed by passion, but not having the freedom to act on it. The waitresses are predominantly engaged in their regular duties, setting tables, taking orders, clearing tables, drying and stacking the dishes- with skilful choreography emphasising the ritual of mundane tasks against the often silent and subtle complexities of infatuation, attraction and love.
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ReAction Theatre has yet again produced some great work in this double bill of two new and challenging plays to get audience's 'reacting' kissing, thinking, and pushing the boundaries of the status quo.