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Leaving the Nest - Fringe World 2020

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by Marisa Quinn-Haisu (subscribe)
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A hilarious comedy show about learning how to be independent

Leaving the Nest is a one-man comedic play about a man named Andrew, who leaves home for the first time, spreads his wings, steps out into the world and flies… right into a category five hurricane. Leaving the Nest is written by award-winning playwright Tremayne Gordon and presented by Daniel Dosek & Tremayne Gordon.

Tremayne Gordon commands the stage as the shy, awkward Andrew. An actor and playwright from Brisbane, Tremayne has a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Honours), and has interned with the HotHouse Theatre and La Mama Theatre. He has participated in ATYP's National Studio and was accepted into the Australian Theatre for Young People's National Mentoring Program in 2016. A production of a play of his called Player 2 received a theatre award nomination from FRINGE WORLD Festival in 2017 and a 2018 production of his play, Train Lines, was awarded the theatre, circus, and dance award from the Darwin Fringe Festival.

Daniel Dosek is a WAAPA graduate and actor, producer, theatre performer and freelance director based in Perth who has experience in acting, performing arts, puppetry and working in theatre. He appeared in the 2017 FRINGE WORLD Festival show Come on Down and has worked as a puppeteer and actor for the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre.

Leaving the Nest was a really well written and charming show. Tremayne Gordon compares himself to Icarus, a character from Greek mythology, who was gifted a set of wings from his father crafted out of feathers and wax. His father warned him not to fly too low or too high, but Icarus ignored his instructions and flew too close to the sun, which caused his wings to melt and for him to fall into the sea and drown. The tragic tale of Icarus led to the coining of the phrase 'don't fly too close to the sun'. Icarus's determination to leave the nest and make his own choices and spread his wings is mirrored in the play Leaving the Nest.

When we first meet Andrew, he steps onto the stage dressed in a suit and tie and holding a suitcase. He starts his performance by pretending to be running down the street to get to a job interview. As he runs, he reminds me of Icarus, flapping his wings desperately to try and get off the ground. He has just moved out of home and is eager to prove that he can make it on his own as an independent adult without being weighed down by his baggage.

Leaving the Nest was a fun little show that had some interesting things to say about growing up, earning your wings, and taking tiny steps towards achieving independence. The most important message I got from the show was how if you make a mistake, like Icarus did when he flew too close to the sun, the most important thing is not to let it weigh you down, and to get back up again.

Leaving the Nest is showing at Lazy Susan's Comedy Den as part of FRINGE WORLD Festival 2020 until the 9 February 2020. To purchase tickets click here.

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Why? Leaving the Nest is a one-man comedy show about moving out from home and learning how to be independent written by award-winning playwright Tremayne Gordon and presented by Daniel Dosek and Tremayne Gordon.
When: Friday, 7 February to Sunday, 9 February 2020. The show starts at 5.30pm and goes for 50 mintues.
Where: Lazy Susan's Comedy Den, Upstairs at The Brisbane Hotel, 292 Beaufort St, Highgate, WA, 6003
Cost: Full price $20.00, Friends Frenzy $14.00, Companion Card FREE.
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