“Hands up who in this room is bisexual?” the woman on stage, Helen Cassidy, yelled out. One brave fellow bravely held up a limp wrist.

“Gay?” a lone hand at the back of the crowded room shot up.

“Asexual?” Helen continued. “Nobody. Hmm, what about heterosexual?” A smattering of hands surfaced.

“Come on Perth,” Helen coaxed, refusing to give up. “Does anybody like spooning, perhaps?”

When it comes to matters sexual, WA audiences aren’t used to letting it all hang out. Not even when we’ve all flocked to show called Erotic Intelligence For Dummies, and been clearly warned, all manner of graphic sex talk could arise.

 

Helen Cassidy

 

In her brief, funny performance at Piazza Hut, Cassidy sang raunchy ditties, stripped down to her undies, told naughty tales, played with lascivious puppets and put herself out there to keep us titillated.

Did you know that a unicorn is someone who hangs around a couple for sexual pleasure? Apparently the woman on my right does that. She put up her hand during Helen’s quiz; (I shifted my chair ever so slightly to the port side).

Helen Cassidy, a flaming redhead with a wicked sense of humour, has an exotic and seemingly erotic life, swinging between Australia, London and Europe, working in theatre, cabaret, variety and street festivals. She’s performed with some top drama groups including Bell Shakespeare and Unlimited Theatre (UK) and has worked with French master clown Philippe Gaulier.

 

 

The Fringe Festival is back, and Northbridge is abuzz. There’s excitement in the air; bars are full, traffic, slow.

As we sat down  in James St for a pre-show kebab, people in nighties and bright green hair, wheeling suitcases, whizzed past.. People of all ages are flocking to the area be entertained by edgy entertainers from across Australia striving to keep us amused.

Earlier, our reviewer Margot went down to the Spiegeltent in Cathedral Square to see sexy circus Le Soiree: and gave it four stars. Her review’s in this issue.

 

Brigid Lowry

 

Such shows serve to remind us of the creative flame that lurks within us all. I tried to give mine oxygen recently by attending a creative writing workshop run by Perth writer Brigid Lowry, the author of the terrific Still Life With Teapot (Fremantle Press) and many teen novels.

It”s a little nerve wracking sitting with a group of strangers, scribbling furiously to Brigid’s assignments, then having to read your work out to the class. But at day’s end I left feeling invigorated and inspired, as the warm and witty teacher had put us all at ease. The flame had fired up. Thanks Brigid!

 

 

Also in The Starfish this week, Peter writes about touring the Blue Mountains in a vintage Caddy and his peculiar, quixotic venture to the Gascoyne where, he claims, a giant undiscovered meteorite crater lurks in the Shark Bay vicinity. Forget that nobody else has seen it – not even the good folk at Google Earth, who can work wonders.

 

 

Which leads us to the movie Lion, based on Saroo Brierley’s memoir , A Long Way Home. which we review in this issue. Top-notch!

 

 

Also this week we’ve included a recipe for the best home-made bread you may ever sink your chompers into: Anna Gare’s Lazy Lady’s Loaf. Yum! Thanks Anna.

Until next time!

Jacqueline Lang

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