Fun fact 1: The Eye of the Tiger sounds pretty cool in Arabic.
Fun fact 2: Pickled turnips taste hideous.
Neither of these things I usually expect to find out at the theatre but Together by Melbourne artist Phil Soliman is full of surprises from start to end. In a wild 35 minutes we go from eating dips and unleavened bread, to chanting sacred hymns asking for forgiveness for everything from Phil's failure to recycle to his perving on blokes in weight lifting magazines. It's a very intimate look at many aspects of Phil's life - politics, religion, family, sex and how all of that impacts on an Aussie-born gay male of Egyptian heritage. It's a story told through news video, kicking around a football, dance and religious chants. This is Together's first outing and it's funny, charming and real. It might still need a little refining but it's well worth a trip to Metro Arts. And let's face it, even if you hate it you've only lost 35 minutes of your life. Together continues at Metro Arts until March 11.