Review: Boy Girl Wall by the Escapists

Boy Girl Wall is a pleasingly innocent tale of love and chasing your passions, a one man show of youthful indiscretion and second chances. It is a whimsy, spoken with honesty and love, about … well … honesty and love. Indeed, the passions of the creators and characters alike, each set a warm smile on your face that lasts from beginning to end.

It is told with the aid of sock puppets, chalk, an OHP, and a romantic wall … this simplicity of production matching the simple joy in watching it.

This understated show speaks to that best part us, the longing within all of us for a brighter tomorrow. I throughly enjoyed myself and hope you do to.

Suitable for anyone who has been in love.

Show watched Friday 5th March.

Playing at the Garden as a part of the Adelaide Fringe 2010.

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.

Review: Marcel Lucont – Encore

It’s difficult to say what this show is exactly, is it stand up, performance art, a one man show? Either way, it’s very funny.

Marcel delivers a smart and understated performance as a nihilistic comedian trying to understand the point of if all.

The illusion of stand up is so convincing you find yourself swept along in fits of giggles as the anti-heroic Marcel dazzles you with poems about tits, or smutty stories of his youth.

A fun and engaging show for those who like their comedy with an edge.

Show watched, 2nd March 2010. Playing at the tuxedo cat as part of the Adelaide Fringe.

Review: Sam Simmons – Fail

Fail, is the name of the show. Which is a guttsy move for a man more known as a stand up comedian, as it offers all those tired old critics a free swing, as it were.

Instead of a fail, what we get is an opportunity to see something fresh, funny, and heart felt.

The show is at once part stand up, part storytelling, and part absurdism. A corageous and worthwhile mixing of forms brought together by Sam’s winning charm and obvious on stage charisma. Different parts of the audience found different parts funny. I laughed most at the absurdism, although the gentleman beside me felt most comfortable to laugh during the more stand up elements.

And this perhaps then is the weakness of the show, the audiences expectation that from Sam all they can expect to see is another stand up gig.

I applaud Sam’s efforts to both tackle new material, that is personal for him, and for being willing to take us on a journey inside his darker more complex self.
I encourage you to see it with an open mind, a loved one, and a belly set for laughs. For, if you trust him, he will deliver.

Highly recommended for fans of theatre and stand up alike.

Show watched, 1st March. Garden of unearthly delights. Adelaide Fringe.