Festivals have become synonymous with summer in Perth and last year one festival stood head and shoulders above all others – Fringe World. Yes, with its multitude of venues, the aptly named Pleasure Gardens and a shock full program Fringe owned Perth.
After such a successful year in 2014 Fringe returns this Friday (23rd of January) with another killer program and even more venues, spreading its goodness far and wide.
One such new venue is WA’s most iconic beach – Cottesloe Beach. GPH was very lucky to be given a preview of everything unknown, an intimate ‘show’ brought to our sandy shores by the UK theatre company non zero one.
everything unknown runs for 30 minutes which starts when you, an mp3 player and a set of headphones hit the beach. Where you stand along this beautiful beach is up to you, the only instructions is to not press play until you are roughly 10 steps back from the shore.
Hitting play you are greeted with a calming female voice from across the seas. She (name unknown) is also standing on a beach 10 steps from the ocean shore but on a freezing cold day in England. Over the next half an hour she describes herself and her surroundings whilst encouraging the listener (if there is one and the mp3s aren’t just lying in a box somewhere collecting dust) to also take stock of our environment and ourselves.
I found everything unknown an interesting and unique experience. Here I was in the middle of the day at one of Perth’s most popular destinations. I was in a highly social environment: surrounded by laughing kids, teenagers playing in the waves, couples walking along the shore. But I was at once part of this scenario and detached from it. I was on Cottesloe Beach with the soft white, white sand beneath my feet and the sun on my skin but also connected to a wintery landscape on the other side of the world through a pair of headphones.
Each person’s experience of everything unknown will be different. You may choose to completely follow the narrator’s instructions…or not. You may listen to the very end…or not. It really is up to you. One of the great things about art and entertainment is that we get to make our own meaning from it and everything unknown definitely leaves control of the experience and the meaning derived from it in the listener’s hands.
everything unknown runs every half an hour from 12-9pm every day throughout the Fringe World Festival. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience the best of Perth summer in one go – festivals and beaches :) Tickets can be purchased here or by visiting the Fringe World website.