Fringe in a flash

Feb 20, 2020


REVIEW – Claire Hooper ‘Biscuits’

Where do I even begin to explain how much I can relate to Claire Hooper in her brand-new show, Biscuits? Spending a Tuesday evening in the Garden of Unearthly Delights with Hooper was a perfect start to my Fringe viewings for 2020. She quickly inserted herself as a mate with the audience, and aptly detailed her hilarious mishaps of recent; with favourites being shameless trips to the shops in slippers, a complex relationship with biscuits, and her Melbourne-born children showing a surprising desire for kale chips…something Hooper’s Perth-born personality could not quite comprehend. A remarkable sense of familiarity comes with Hooper’s work, and Biscuits was no different. Hooper’s charming demeanour on stage and seamless flow between stories makes this show a truly enjoyable evening out. Shout out to husband Wade, a prominent feature in her tales, for not minding Hooper’s TMI approach for sharing their life stories. Grab a cuppa in the Garden and settle in with Claire and her Biscuits.

REVIEW – Frank Woodley ‘*@#!KING CLOWN’

You know you will never not have a decent laugh when you book tickets to anything featuring Frank Woodley. Another brilliant performance is delivered in Woodley’s latest tales of ‘*@#!KING CLOWN’. Aside from being side-splittingly funny, I must admit that I followed his emotional story arc a little closer than normal – a trip to Marseille that proved to be not quite what he had envisaged. An excellent Russian accent impersonation amplified the performance, and only drew the audience in closer to experience the classic Woodley gags and improvisation we know and love. Undoubtedly his guitar and clever lyrics made an appearance, and his incorporation of sound effects and physical comedy added huge value to his rapport with the audience. A master of his craft, we were captivated from the moment Woodley walked out on stage.

REVIEW – Rosie Waterland ‘Kid Chameleon’

A natural-born storyteller, Rosie Waterland captivates her audience with a hilarious rendition of some of her most personal life moments. Learning to adapt and shapeshift as a child meant that she certainly had some unique and trying times. With alcoholics for parents and several awkward sexual encounters, she pushed through her teens to become a professional…but then came the unique tasks and research she did for work content! She has however risen above her trials and tribulations and presents these memories in a retrospective manner. I didn’t know much about Waterland prior to Kid Chameleon, but such relatable stories meant that I couldn’t help but find her intriguing and comical. At times, a little too much information was shared, but I appreciated her honesty and willingness to make friends with her Tuesday night crowd.