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You know the tastiest Fringe shows? Those ones you think "yeah, alright. I could do that. Not 100% sure I'm cool enough to be reviewing this show but hey, I was a WAAPA youngen once upon a time. I'll give it a whirl."

And then you're blown out of the water entertained.

90 minutes of movement, live music, and the mayhem that happens with a tiny touch of fame, FRONT is a jam-packed experience of 5 talented mates and what happens when the band gets a break and just about falls apart.

FRONT is a new offering by writer and director Michael Abercromby exploring the "blurred definition of success in today's music industry". The show is based on Abercromby's experiences as a Perth musician fed into a tight storyline following local band Rough Cut Punt as they're blasted into the muso fame stratosphere.

From the choice of rehearsal room as stage to the live snippets of punk music, FRONT quickly drags you into the rise (and wobble and fall) of Rough Cut Punt. The characters are vividly complex and beautifully delivered, from the drummer you can't help but feel for to the guitarist who's the epitome of every more-talented-than-everyone-else young musician binge drinking and smoking his genius into the ground. If you've ever been an arts student (even if it was a thousand years ago), FRONT will remind you of those moments, that feeling, when the world seemed endless and immortality might just be within grasp.

Featuring a talented cast, snappy script, dynamic character development, and loud, proud, rude and crude humour (very well received by the audience), FRONT is a show you'll want on your Must See list. Especially if you need a bit of sex, drugs, punk, and a well-placed c-bomb with your Fringe.

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Why? Live vicariously
When: On now until 26th January
Where: Rehearsal Room 1 at State Theatre Centre as part of Summer Nights
Cost: From $20.50
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