Sidekicks taking centre stage

Emerging writers explore what’s it like being the other


Achut Thuc is digging in for her performance in SideKicked.

BEHIND every great hero in history and culture is a less glorified chum who stuck by them.

Eight emerging writers have teamed up for Melbourne Fringe to put a new spin on old tales in Side-Kicked, a one-night-only storytelling bonanza in Footscray.

A musician, an actor, poets and filmmakers get behind the microphone, re-envisioning the traditional narrative of well-known heroes through the eyes of their sidekick.

Producer Nikki Tran said SideKicked was a show of unpredictable frivolity and not-so-humble reflection, told five minutes at a time.

“No one lives their lives thinking they’re the sidekick to someone else’s story,” Tran said.

“We’re interested in the ones who somehow found themselves tied to another’s legacy and, despite all their own triumphs, remained unseen.

SideKicked is eight female writers of colour finding their kindred spirit in the most random people, places and things.”

This event is part of Footscray Community Arts Centre’s FCAC on the Fringe program for this year’s Melbourne Fringe festival.

SideKicked is on Thursday at 7pm at the Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St, Footscray.

Tickets are from $7 to $16.

melbournefringe Bookings: or 9660 9666.