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Midlandia goes to the moon and back

INTERTWINING a fear of space and marriage sounds like an odd combination. However musical comedian Gillian Cosgriff turned this hilarious proposition into a clever blend of original stand-up comedy and cabaret when she performed her show To the Moon and Back at Midlandia last week Cosgriff walked out on stage wearing a moon suit and a helmet she fashioned from painting overalls from Bunnings to launch into a terrifying tirade on the dangers of space.

The award-winning Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts graduate’s realisation that she had astraphobia reared its ugly head after her boyfriend Matt casually mentioned if space travel became an option he’d be keen to go.

Cosgriff challenged the audience to name one space movie where nobody dies. You can’t, can you? She knew it.

Given what we have done to Earth, Cosgriff doesn’t think we are smart enough to venture to another planet to live just yet. Adding in an age when we have more information at our fingertips than any other generation, we waste an inordinate amount of our time on the terrible and delicious junk food of the Internet – clickbait.

It’s clear Cosgriff is an unorthodox thinker when it comes to pondering world issues. On the topic of climate change she suspects scientists may have told Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that we are past the point of no return and we are being kept in the dark to avoid mass hysteria. We are potentially oblivious to the oblivion coming.

In a seamless transition Cosgriff twirled her way out of her padded space suit to reveal a wedding dress, and turned her unique blend of musical comedy to show marriage and space really aren’t that different.

It’s easy to see why Cosgriff has been likened to Tim Minchin and Kate Miller-Heidke with her knockout voice, clever songwriting and knack for standup comedy.

It is the second time the Fringeworld darling has performed at Midlandia with her debut in 2013 with her show, This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things.

“Midlandia is a great hub venue and it’s great that people who live in the area, who may not get into the city where the bulk of the Fringe World Festival takes place, can still see quality shows in their own suburb,” she said.

“The venue is absolutely beautiful and the sound in the Rectangle Room is fantastic, especially for a show like mine where the music is a big part of it.”


About Sarah Brookes

Sarah is an award-winning journalist (2016 WA Media Awards - Best Three Suburban Newspaper Stories) who has covered our Mundaring and Kalamunda editions since 2011. She went to Eastern Hills Senior High School before studying chemistry and biology at university. Staring down a microscope two years into her degree she realised a future in science wasn’t for her – journalism was. Sarah lived in Europe before re-settling in Darlington, where her family has lived for three generations, with her two children. She has worked for various government agencies and Media Monitors. Sarah is a media junkie who loves talkback radio and devours the weekend papers.

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