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Poly - Fringe World 2013

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by PerthKel (subscribe)
I'm a part time actor and part time writer living in Perth. I love being on stage. I love going out with friends, doesn't matter what we do
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Let me state at the beginning of this review that yes, I do know two people from the play "POLY", however this has by no means forced me to write a biased review, in fact I believe the above reason has given me the ability to be somewhat more of a critic as I know what two of the three actors would be capable of bringing to the stage.

I had the pleasure of seeing Poly in November of 2012, when it played for two nights at the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in Fremantle. I went to see this, knowing nothing more than two people I had worked with before were in the production.

Poly posed an interesting question, 'Can you fall in love with more than one person at a time?' and it explored this question with three talented women, Amanda Watson, Ann-Marie Biagioni and Verity Softly. With live music and singing provided by Megan Hollier and Alex Brittan and directed by Scott Corbett.

The production actually started near the end of the story, which the three women are telling both individually and together. They then skipped back to the start before bypassing that moment to the eventual and almost predictable end. However do not let this deter you from going to see this play, because although the ending was predictable for me, it may not be for other audience members.

For me, at the very least it was very interesting to watch how this story unfolded. I can also say that it was different, in a good way, to see two actors that I had worked with before excel in extremely challenging and diverse roles, showing the amazing depth and outstanding ability in their acting.

Poly kept its audience on the edge of their seats not only with sexual tensions between the three actors but also with the tension, anger and angst at their day to day lives, loves and losses.

If you are thinking of going to see any of the outstanding productions at Perth's Fringe World Festival this year, I would recommend putting Poly near the top of your list, you wont be disappointed. I look forward to returning to the world of POLY at Fringe to see these actors bring their characters to life once again.

Poly at Fringe World
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Why? Perth's Fringe World Festival
Phone: 9227 6288
Where: The Moon House Tent, Perth Cultural Centre
Cost: $20
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