One woman, a trapeze, a cake, a fluorescent tutu and red lipstick.
These are only some of the bare bones ingredients of Flaws and All.
I will admit that it is not the kind of Fringe show I expected, all the glitz, glamour and grace I’d expected of Fringe in exchange for something intentionally raw, honest and clumsy, exploiting complex undertones of what it is to be human; our awkwardness, our shame and our embarrassments.
Throughout the whole show I felt a sense of displacement, palpable discomfort as if through gritted teeth, you were watching your least graceful acquaintance drunkenly stumble at an early evening dinner party.
It was cringe worthy viewing, and for that I was actually quite grateful that it was a short performance, finishing in 35 minutes or so.
But this was all part of Dawn Pascoe’s plan.
Pascoe, winner of the WA Circus Award at Fringe World in 2015 and 2016, is clearly a talented and imaginative artist, interested in what it is to be human which is to accept our faults, not even to accept them but to embrace them and to put them on display for us all to see, accept and feel.
Because of the depth of the story, I feel awkward myself giving the show a measly 2 star rating that is under what it probably deserves.
I feel that the story itself is speaking more to me upon reflection, and I feel that I appreciate the concept of the tale more than I did its intentionally delivery.
Either way, what I saw has left a lasting impression with me, and surely this is the purpose of a show of this nature.