FRINGEFeed Woodside
6056
This is a review from the 2018 season. This show is returning in 2019.

Take a stab at the suburb we all love to hate – Midland.

Exploring drugs, violence and education, “6056” details Cameron McLaren’s first fight, his first high and his general lack of intellect, all the while shining a harsh light on the cracks of the goon-splattered pavement.

This form of self-deprecating humour is not for the empathetic at heart, but manages to appeal to the childish sadist in us all.

I’ve found with stand-up comedy, there is always a risk. McLaren relies heavily on audience involvement and building a rapport, though through no fault of his own, it at times falls flat.

McLaren’s sense of humour isn’t exactly accessible to a large audience, if crude humour isn’t your thing.

In fact, the audience for “6056” is difficult to define. If you’re expecting champagne humour to laugh down at the misfortune of the Midland-class, prepare to be disappointed.

McLaren’s self-aware humour unabashedly shames his own suburb while also managing to bring up the self-esteem of everyone in the room.

Regardless, McLaren is a charming character who draws sympathy while making us laugh. “6056” delves into the dark underbelly of Perth’s forgotten suburb and has staked its claim as the definition of schadenfreude.

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Peri-Watson

Review by Peri Watson on 17 Feb 2018

Peri Watson is a Perth-based writer and has reviewed for PIAF and Fringe since 2016. Amongst being awarded the Roy Grace English Scholarship and Walter Horeb Literary Award, her achievements include receiving her first piece of hate mail at 19 and drinking 12 cups of tea a day before a deadline.