Pun­ters get sneak peek at open­ing

Geraldton Guardian - - Front Page - Francesca Mann

Ger­ald­ton’s Fringe World Fes­ti­val hub kicked off with a full house last night as pun­ters were given a taste of what’s still to come dur­ing Fun­tavia.

Run­ning from Fe­bru­ary 8 to 10, Fun­tavia is jam-packed with com­edy, mu­sic, cabaret, the­atre and vis­ual arts shows by an army of lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional per­form­ers.

The third an­nual fes­ti­val of­fi­cially opened at the What the Fun­tavia?! Open­ing Night Gala, pro­vid­ing sneak peeks at some of the shows tak­ing over dis­used space in the West End.

The laughs will con­tinue tonight and to­mor­row, when 11 shows are on of­fer in the Fun­tavia precinct.

Cre­ative pro­ducer Ju­lian Canny en­cour­aged every­one to check out at least one show.

“These things only work when peo­ple come out and en­joy them­selves,” he said.

“If you’re un­sure, come along and try some­thing new.

“Ger­ald­ton’s an ex­cit­ing place — come and be a part of it.”

Tonight, lo­cal grand­mother Leonie Clarke will make her stand-up com­edy de­but at the Cargo Hold with her show Gran in a Van.

The Cargo Hold stage will also be graced by clas­si­cal pi­anist Amy Abler as she lets loose in Pian­odi­va­li­cious, and the lo­cally pro­duced body-pos­i­tive show Fat Girls in Bike Shorts.

To­mor­row night lo­cal per­form­ers will show off their tal­ents in Com­edy All­sorts — Fam­ily Pack and What My Mother Told Me.

John Robert­son’s The Dark Room will take pun­ters on a wild ride through a live-ac­tion, textbased ad­ven­ture game, while the enig­matic and kooky To­mas Ford will dish up the best worst songs in the Pop Crap­tac­u­lar and Crap Mu­sic Rave Party.

Fes­ti­val-go­ers will be able to catch Triple J ra­dio host Ciaran Lyons’ 21 and award-win­ning Ir­ish comic Mary Bourke’s I Can Make You Ir­ish tonight and Satur­day night.

Mr Canny’s Fun­tavia high­light, Suns of Fred, will also per­form on both nights.

“If you’re re­ally un­sure and you want to see a great show, I sug­gest Suns of Fred,” he said.

“All the other shows re­ally ap­peal to cer­tain peo­ple, but Suns of Fred will please ev­ery­body.

“My ad­vice is to sup­port a lo­cal show and an in­ter­na­tional show — get the best of both worlds.”

Through­out the three-day fes­ti­val, a 3-D ex­hi­bi­tion will be dis­played at the Arts and Cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil of Ger­ald­ton’s com­mu­nity gallery.

For pun­ters want­ing to soak up the Fun­tavia at­mos­phere, the Sand Bar will be serv­ing up live mu­sic, mar­ket stalls and live paint­ing.

Tick­ets for Fun­tavia shows are avail­able at fun­tavia.com.

Pic­ture: Kym Jef­feries

The Fun­tavia crew and lo­cal per­form­ers pose in front of the en­trance to the Fun­tavia precinct.

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