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Come on Down - FRINGE WORLD Festival 2017

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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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‘Come on Down’ is about one man’s dreams to make it big on TV
Come on Down, Fringe World 2017
The talented students behind 'Come on Down'


Simon Levinsky is obsessed with the world of game shows. He longs to be the next Grant Denyer or Larry Emdur. He walks and talks like a game show host and nothing makes him happier than standing under bright lights and in front of a studio audience. His passion in this life is his TV show 'Come on Down' which he created himself. 'Come on Down' airs at 3am in a weekly time slot on a community access channel called Access 44. Simon's dream is to rise up the ranks of television stardom. He hopes to bring back an old game show that he used to watch as a kid called 'Go Go Stop' and to feature as its host. If he has any chance of achieving that dream the first he thing he has to do is to get 'Come on Down' out of its 3am time slot and promoted to prime time. Simon arranges to have some TV executives to come and watch a taping of his show. He hopes if he can impress them they might bump 'Come on Down' up to prime time. What could go wrong?

Come on Down, Fringe World 2017
Simon will do anything to get his show 'Come on Down' promoted to a prime time slot

'Come on Down' is an interactive theatre experience that explores the brightly lit world of game shows. The show is the brainchild off WAAPA students Charlotte Otton, Zachary Sheridan, Elise Wilson, Daniel Dosek and Phoebe Sullivan. Fringe World 2017 is the first time they will be performing 'Come on Down' in front of an audience. The show will be held from the 7th to the 11th of February at the "Noodle Palace – Hokkien House' at 19 Francis Street in Northbridge. The show runs for 45 minutes and is suitable for people aged 15 years and up. Tickets cost $19 dollars.

The star of the show is Daniel Dosek who plays Simon. He got a smile out of me the moment he came out to greet us. He really put a lot of effort into bringing his character to life. He managed to completely capture the attention of everyone the moment he came striding out of a classroom in a purple suit and red bow tie. The audience loved his weirdness and cries to "Come on down!" and take a seat. I could hear a lot of people giggling as they filed into the room.

Come on Down, Fringe World 2017
'Come on Down' is a wonderfully weird show

'Come on Down' is a low budget production that crackles with creativity, spirit and enthusiasm. The students who worked to put it together did really a good job with the lighting, writing, sound effects, camera work and set pieces. It really did feel like we were walking onto a game show set. I liked the large TV mounted on the wall that showed crazy close ups of Simon and his guests. It was all a lot of fun. The people who played the contestants were very good as well. There was crazy Marty, the incredibly nervous Jenny, and the weirdly dressed and a little bit creepy Patricia.

The most amusing part of the show for me was how dark its humour got. There were a few moments when I cringed a little and a few others when I wondered what the hell was going on. 'Come on Down' certainly managed to hold my attention. The only real criticism I have is that I felt the show ended a little bit abruptly. All in all, I thought the show was interesting, clever and showcased some promising young talent.
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Why? If you love game shows come on dowwwn for a night of fun!
When: 7th to the 11th of February
Phone: (08) 9227 6288
Where: Noodle Palace - Hokkien House, 19 Francis St Northbridge, WA 6000
Cost: $19 a ticket
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