Survivor tales truly bizarre

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Sarah IsonBusselton Dunsborough Times

Retelling bizarre-but-true stories of survival through cabaret and comedy, What Doesn’t Kill You [blah blah] Stronger will open in Busselton for two shows only tomorrow at the Weld Theatre.

Fresh off the 2018 Fringe World circuit, the show brings together some of the world’s most unusual survival stories — from a river guide getting swallowed by a hippo to a housewife being hit by a meteorite — in a tribute to the unlucky, unwitting and unfortunate.

The company behind the show, Holland Street Productions, is responsible for several Fringe favourites over the years, such as Dr Felicity Rickshaw’s Celebrity Sex Party, Point & Shoot and Falling to the Top.

Each won multiple awards, as did What Doesn’t Kill You [blah blah] Stronger, which took home the 2018 Martin Sims Award and the West Australian Arts Editor Award.

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Performer and writer Tyler Jacob Jones said regional festivals like Fringe brought talent from around the world to the community.

“When I was growing up in a small town, I was very interested in the arts, but there wasn’t a lot going on,” he said.

“Having something like Fringe that attracts people beyond the immediate community is a great opportunity for local audiences to see things they wouldn’t usually be able to”.

What Doesn’t Kill You [blah blah] Stronger runs tomorrow at 4pm and 7pm.

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