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Who We Were - Melbourne Fringe 2016

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by Cate Altamura (subscribe)
Ever since I was 7-years-old, I knew I wanted to be a writer and made my own Mr Men books. Today, I am a freelance writer and have the privilege to review bands, theatre and comedy across Melbourne, not to mention interview some incredible artists.
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Step back into the 1990's when MSN was all the rage
Who We Were pays homage to the 90's and 00's and celebrates youth and all of the insecurities that go with it. Opening at The Improv Conspiracy Theatre as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, the audience was transported back to their teenage years when MSN dominated households.

WHO WE WERE, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Comedy, 1990's, MSN
Who We Were - part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival

As I walked into the tiny theatre, S Club 7 helped to set the mood along with the sounds of old dial-up Internet. Centred on the lives of Katie (Tiana Hogben), Amanda (Caitlyn Staples) and Max (Jayden Masciulli), the sketch –comedy/ play started out a little slow yet started to pick up midway when Katie and Amanda hilariously parodied "Complicated" by Avril Lavigne.

Directed by Broni Lisle, the sketch delves into the teenage years at a time when the Internet was a new phenomenon and booming. Pokemon was new on the scene and S Club 7 and Magic 8 Balls were all the rage. Who We Were celebrates the dreams we had as teenagers and the struggles and insecurities we faced along the way. Admittedly it took a while for me to warm up to this play but when I finally let it wash over me; they got my attention and made me nostalgic for my youth. Sure, it made me LOL but nowhere near as much as the two guys sitting next to me. I gather they were a little younger and understood all of the popular culture references of the era.

The ending neatly brought the sketch full circle as our grown–up teens wistfully looked back at a bygone era. Something most of us will do time and time again.
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When: 14-23 September
Where: The Improv Conspiracy Theatre, 19 Meyers Place, CBD, 3000
Cost: From $12
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