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Author: Glen J Player

Review: Bully – written and performed by Richard Fry

Bully is one of those rare and delicate theatre experiences you wish you could wrap up and take home with you knowing, all along, that to try would only dilute that flush of pleasure, sour the sweetness of such a delicately composed script delivered with such composure and truth.

Bully is a touching and heartfelt drama of a boy whose whole life seems touched by domestic violence. Yet, it is told in a beautifully inventive rhyming verse, that with it’s allure protects the audience from the horrors within. Richard Fry has created one of those rare theatrical marvels that both intellectually stirs and emotionally touches.

Bully is highly recommended for theatre boffins, language lovers, and all parents alike.

Performance was watched on Thursday 4th March.

This particular production comes to us from the UK and is playing at Higher Ground Theatre as a part of the Adelaide Fringe 2010.

Review: Gothic Punch and Judy

A more aptly named show I don’t think exists, for this is indeed an old style Punch and Judy show, perhaps the finest of this sort of puppetry I have ever seen.

This wicked delight of a show had me gasping, cheering and laughing as the willful Punch proceeded to bash his way through any number of innocents and villains.

The comedic timing was perfect, and the characterisations hilarious.

This brief and brilliant show, is my pick of the festival so far.

Recommended for all adults. A kids version is played during the day called Sea-Side Punch and Judy.

Show watched, 3rd March 2010.

Playing at the Garden as a part of the Adelaide Fringe.

Review: Phillip Escoffey – 6 Impossible Things to do Before Dinner.

I’ve never seen a mentalist before, except on tv, so I’m not really in a position to exclaim how wonderful or crap the mentalising of 6 Impossible Things is. However I do know delight, and the delight one gets from the 6 impossible things in 6 Impossible Things is, well, delightful.

It’s that same wonder one gets as from watching a master illusionist, an expert puppeteer, or fireworks. There’s something almost childish or innocent about it all.

We know it’s some trick, but we don’t care. And this is primarily why 6 Impossible Things is so good, it gives us permission to just be kids again and enjoy a small wonder even if our adult brains must attempt to figure it all out after the show.

Easily accessible and fun show recommend for all those who like to wonder about the world we live in.

Show watched on Wednesday 3rd March, 2010.

Playing at the Garden as a part of the Adelaide Fringe.