The House Of Oz makes a return to Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe 2023

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After making waves and winning Best Venue in its first edition last year, House of Oz is back and better than ever for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023

House of Oz is dedicated to showcasing the best across all of Australian arts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and this year’s programme promises a diverse offering of theatre that strives to push boundaries. From urgent physical theatre blended with circus and dance, a one-woman show that is by turns meditative and hilarious, to a fully immersive piece set in a bar where every audience member is an integral part of the show itself.  There is truly something for every theatre fan to enjoy at House of Oz this Fringe.

(Two Strangers Walk Into A Bar)

Melbourne-based Na Djinang Circus are known for asking important questions about modern Australian identity through their art, and Common Dissonance continues this tradition in style. For thousands of years in Australia, understanding of the world came from dreamtime stories, song lines, and oral histories, all of which are still relevant to many Australians. However, in a 21st century world where it is common to believe in both spirituality and science – how can we navigate the complex dialogues that consume contemporary culture? Featuring two contemporary performers with shared and distinctly individual experiences, this work aims not only to explore the harmony and conflict of contemporary Australian reasoning, but to find a Common Dissonance.

A break-out hit from festivals across Australia, Maureen is an homage to older women that celebrates the indomitable voice, wisdom and unapologetic passions of the grande dames who defy invisibility. Framed by velvet, Jatz crackers and cigarettes, writer and star Jonny Hawkins transforms into “working class glamour queen” Maureen, who invites you into her bohemian living room, to take you on an intimate journey brimming with witty repartee, well-worn life advice, an exotic array of friends now gone and the dauntless potency of limitless imagination. Co-created by Nell Ranney, Hawkins’ magnificent tribute to their real friend, is a touching tribute that redefines our concepts of older women who are too often dismissed by society.

An immersive audio experience like no other, Two Strangers Walk Into a Bar...  invites audience members to forge connections with a complete stranger. This person may change your life? But they probably won’t. This is just a show… about strangers. This Adelaide smash hit, created by award-winning actor, writer and director Tilda Cobham-Harveyencourages audience members to book alone, and is a poignant celebration of the spontaneous beauty of human connection. As an actor, Tilda can be seen in films like Hotel Mumbai and I Am Woman. Her directorial debut, A Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old Girl was awarded the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film by the Youth Jury of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival. 

Listings Information

Common Dissonance

House of Oz – The Great Indoors

Aug 4-8, 10-13, 15-20, 22-27

16:30, 50 mins

Maureen

House of Oz – The Great Indoors

Aug 4-8, 10-13, 15-20, 22-27

14:30, 80 mins

Two Strangers Walk Into a Bar…

House of Oz – Stranger Meeting Spot

Aug 4-8, 10-13, 15-20, 22-27

6 Shows Daily, 50 mins

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