Fringe Feed review / by Annie Louey


Do you love having a good laugh but don’t want to sit in a dark and dank bar full of beer-besotted lads and sticky chairs? Then Butt Donut is the Fringe show for you.

Annie Louey’s Butt Donut is a witty comedy that embraces and explores how people deal with grief, heartbreak, and obnoxiously loud American tourists.

Set in a comfortable living room space at the Centre for Stories, this intimate event feels like a gathering with friends enjoying a few laughs.

Louey is relatable and charming, as she shares stories from her childhood, teens, and early adulthood. Reminiscing on the early days, Louey paints her childhood as a time filled with chocolate-box computers and Habbo Hotel.

After an incident that forces her to grow up quickly, Louey’s outlook on life takes a more critical turn as she considers the complexities of her identity as a woman and as a daughter to migrant parents.

After some travel, a break up, and a few failed Tinder dates, Louey has come out stronger than ever and is ready to take on the world. Faced with adversity from a number of angles, Louey’s story is an inspiration.

Coming to Perth for the first time, Louey’s performance is engaging and comfortable. Butt Donut is a comedy all-rounder that also incorporates a little bit of music and dance—what more could you ask for?

Although, at times, it felt as if the transitions and delivery of certain anecdotes were off, Louey’s performance is confident and succinct—a skill that can take years to perfect.

Butt Donut is a show full of hilarious anecdotes and thoughtful commentary on a number of issues young Australian women from diverse backgrounds face today.

Louey’s stand-out performance and clear dedication to her craft is unquestionable and worth supporting. With 10 per cent of ticket sales going to the KIDS Foundation, this show is worth your time.