True stories might be everywhere at this year’s Melbourne Fringe, but you’re just as likely to encounter a work that will have you questioning the distinction between truth and fiction. Some of the festival’s highlights straddle the divide in compelling ways.
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IN SEARCH OF THE TRUTH is a US-based project that has travelled the globe asking audiences to finish the sentence “the truth is…”. Responses from everyday people are then transformed into public exhibitions and whatever their relation to the truth, the outcomes speak volumes about our interpretation of reality.
ANCIENT SHRINES AND HALF TRUTHS is an audio tour of Werribee that embellishes local sites with mystery, absurdity and humour. Don’t trust a thing you hear.
BATMANIA at St Kilda’s Theatre Works is another piece of tourism that fits reality with an overlay of fiction, transforming the suburb into a mythical rendition of Australia that never was, or perhaps is too close to home to face directly.
TRUTHMACHINE is for anyone who doubts the blurriness of the divide between truth and lies. Audience members are rigged into a polygraph machine – popularly known as a lie detector – and the results are put to the popular vote. Strap in if you dare.
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