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Future's Eve at Fringe World

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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
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A one-person show is always an exercise in courage and fear. You are alone on the stage, just you and the audience, who are highly attuned to your feelings - feelings of inadequacy, insecurity and trepidation communicate themselves as quickly as whatever you may be intending to let them see.

So it's a brave performer who steps out on a stage, unsupported and unaided except by her trusty Roomba. Michelle Aitken is such a performer. A recent graduate from WAAPA she has put together an experimental performance piece examining the role of women in 'retro sci-fi and cutting edge AI'.

Her event, called Future's Eve, is on at this year's Perth Fringe World.

Future's Eve, Perth Fringe World 2018, One Woman One Roomba, Michelle Aitken
Michelle Aitken in Future's Eve (Photograph courtesy of Michelle Aitken)

Michelle Aitken: "I'm interested in looking at the world through the lens of female experience and asking why are things the way they are, and, how can I make a case for change, I believe that the future is political."

Even one-person shows don't come from one person and the creative team here consists of Michell Aitken, designer: Olivia Tartaglia, composer: Azariah Felton and dramaturg: Andrew Sutherland.

Future's Eve opens on the 5th February at The Common Room, The Paper Mountain Upstairs, 267 William St Northbridge and runs until the 11th February.

Tickets cost $20 and may be purchased on the Perth Fringe World's website here.

Future's Eve, Perth Fringe World 2018, One Woman One Roomba, Michelle Aitken
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Why? Satirical, deadpan, bizarre, and strangely compelling
When: 9:00pm
Where: The Common Room at Paper Mountain Upstairs, 267 William Street, Northbridge
Cost: $20
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