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Chores at FRINGE WORLD Festival

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by Marisa Quinn-Haisu (subscribe)
My name is Marisa. I am a fiction writer, a blogger, and a freelance journalist.
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After watching Chores I really want a toilet paper gun now

"He's a little bit silly," said my three-year-old as circus artists Derek Llewellin and Julian Roberts ran around the stage draped in a large white sheet. Llewellin and Roberts are the stars of the children's circus show Chores.

Chores is a 60 minute show bursting at the seams with slapstick comedy, juggling and acrobatic tricks. It is about two brothers who have to clean their room before their Mum will let them play with their new bicycles.

Will the boys be able to finish their chores before their Mum comes in and checks on them? It is a storyline that parents and children everywhere will be able to relate to.

Chores had its Western Australian Premiere on February, 6 at 6pm in the Gold Digger venue at Fringe Central. The Gold Digger Venue is located above the State Library Car Park entrance. When we entered the Gold Digger, the stage was set with piles of dirty clothes and teddies and toys. There were large blocks up the front that spelt out CHORES.

Chores was an absolute delight. The audience was a mix of adults and children and Llewellin and Roberts had everyone roaring with laughter. Their acting and comedic skills were right on target. The stars of Chores both have a background in comedy, clowning, and the circus. When they bounded out onto the stage dressed in overalls and smiling cheekily they really did seem like a pair of kids.

The best thing about Chores was how creative it was. This isn't a show just for kids. The adults in the audience loved it as well. When Llewellin and Roberts disappeared out the back and then reappeared armed with toilet paper guns, it wasn't just the kids shrieking as the air filled with rippling streams of toilet paper - the adults were laughing and grinning as well!

Another highlight of the show was their skill at juggling. Llewellin and Roberts did several juggling routines which involved them doing complicated arms and legs movements and spinning around all without breaking rhythm and dropping a thing.

The audience interaction in Chores was great. The kids absolutely adored Llewellin and Roberts and were pointing and shouting questions and getting really involved.

Another part of the show that stood out to me was when Llewellin came out onto the stage riding a giant wheel.

Chores was a fantastic show that adults and children will adore. And if you do not believe me, just check out the smile on my little girl's face when she met Llewellin and Roberts at the end of the show. She had a wonderful time.

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Why? Chores is a 60 minute show about two young brothers who need to clean their room very quickly before their Mum comes in! Will they get their chores done in time?
When: February 6 to 15 (minus February 12) at 6pm each night
Phone: 0433 554 801
Where: The Gold Digger at Fringe Central, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge, 6003, WA
Cost: Adult tickets are $25.00, Kids (12 and under) are $22, Family $20.00, Groups of Six are $20.00 and FRINGE WORLD Friends 2-for-1 are $13.00. Online attractions will be charged a $2.20 website transaction fee.
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