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Fringe World Festival – Salty


Fri 20 Jan 2017, 9:30pm–10:30pm
Sat 21 Jan 2017, 9:30pm–10:30pm
Tue 24 Jan 2017, 9:30pm–10:30pm
Wed 25 Jan 2017, 9:30pm–10:30pm

Where: State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, 174/192 William Street, Perth CBD, Western Australia

Restrictions: 15+

Ticket Information:

  • Preview: $21.00
  • General Admission: $26.00
  • Group 6+: $21.00
  • Additional fees may apply


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Two-time Melbourne Fringe award-winner Shannan Lim and his spook buddies Jayde Harding and Tye Norman vomit three short, interconnected horror-comedy-drama plays.

Salty presents contemporary slants on the lurid demons of Singaporean-Malay mythology in the Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA, as part of Summer Nights, the curated theatre program of Fringe World.

Accompanied by neat video projections, it features a curious stillborn fetus, a slippery oily man nobody can catch, and a smouldering sex vampire looking for somebody to impregnate her.

Each part of Salty places a ghost of Singapore in a modernised context and deconstructs some ideas about cultural identity, masculinity, and sex that its creator has grown up with in both Asia and Australia.

Southeast Asian ghosts are frequently people who died in agonising circumstances, and whose motives are therefore recognisable as base human desires, only so pure and singular to the point of terror.

In Singaporean folklore, salt is the currency of the afterlife.

Melbourne Fringe Award 2016 - Innovation in Culturally Diverse Practice

- Toyol. A stillborn baby with developing curiosity about its surroundings, kept by a lonely widower. It learns to see the man as its father and does his bidding, until the widower desires a breathing child of his own.

- Orang Minyak. Literally, ‘Oily Man’, a slippery character nobody can catch because he is covered in oil. A young man runs into the same woman on the train each night. He is tired of being ignored.

- Pontianak. Virile men must watch out for the Pontianak, a vampiric succubus that haunts the city. She wants somebody to impregnate her. Then she will devour his organs. No strings attached.

Salty—together with the acclaimed Asian Ghost-ery Store, part of the previous Summer Nights, and upcoming immersive children’s production The Yonder—continues a series of theatrical works that looks at the ‘very serious’ subject of cultural identity with humour and play.

“Intelligent, witty and challenging in turns…an excellent piece of theatre.” - The Age, Asian Ghost-ery Store

“Lim is a very physical performer whose sense of humour and timing catches us off guard.” - Perth Arts Live

Presenter: The Blue Room Theatre Summer Nights
Company: Normal Children
Creator: Shannan Lim
Writers-Devisors: Jayde Harding, Shannan Lim, Tye Norman
Performers: Jayde Harding, Shannan Lim
Design: Sara Lim
Collaborators: Paul Bourke, Elizabeth Davie

Shannan Lim is a Melbourne-based multimedia artist and theatre-maker born in Singapore. He has lectured in film and digital media at the University of Western Australia and graduated with a Master of Design from RMIT. Shannan received the New Director Award at Nice International Film Festival, and two Melbourne Fringe Awards. Trained in clown at École Philippe Gaulier and improvisation at The Second City, he is currently an ambassador for Melbourne Theatre Company and Multicultural Arts Victoria's Connect initiative.

Salty is a collaborative project with performer-creative producer Jayde Harding and performer-improviser Tye Norman.