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The Kagools: Dressed for the British Summer - Fringe World 2016

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by S Lynn (subscribe)
A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
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Spread the Silliness Kagools at Fringeworld
If you are looking for some light-hearted, innocent G-rated comedy fun, stop by and watch the Kagools: Dressed for the British Summer at the Fringeworld festival.

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Full of tongue-in-cheek silliness, the show is perfect for fans of Mr Bean, Charlie Chaplin, silent comedies and mime enthusiasts. There is no speaking in the show; the Kagools rely on exaggerated physical movements and bold, expressive facials to tell their story as well as perfect comedic timing.

There is also a mix of multimedia, 80s music and props used on the show as the Kagools pop between the stage and their on-screen persona, moving between the screen and stage with great ease.

The characters are joyful, strange and quirky and the show will similarly appeal to a distinct audience who are willing to tap into their inner child and embrace a bit of the ridiculous. For some reason, the Kagools reminded me of the Teletubbies with their playfulness and childish innocence.

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When the show started, it was clear that the audience did not really know what to expect and how to respond but as the show progressed and with the duo's friendly prompting, the audience interaction improved. This increased the level of participation in the show as well as the number of laughs.

Each show is a little bit different depending on the audience mix, size and requires quite a bit of improvisation so it is testament to the Kagool's skill that they can coax a response from reluctant audience members. You can feel the energy emanating from the Kagools as they playfully run around like children, seeking friendly audience interaction.

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It is family friendly so feel free to bring your children along. They will enjoy the silliness and expressiveness of the Kagools as they rope the audience into a group photo, eat a giant Mars bar whole, lead an audience member dressed as a bear on an excursion and start a water pistol fight (very refreshing on a hot summer's day).

As there is no language involved, the show can be shown anywhere in the world and you do not even need to have an expert grasp of the English language – just the willingness to let the story unfold based on your own interpretation.

The Kagool is actually the British word for a type of light-weight raincoat which the duo wear on stage and consist of duo Nicola Wilkinson (actress and stand-up comedian) and Claire Ford (comedy character actress and film-maker).

The Kagools started out as recurring characters in sketch shows and have been performing for 5 years, having known each other for about 10 years since training at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

The Kagools have played at several festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe, Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival, Brighton Fringe, Bath Comedy Festival, Happy Channel Islands and TouMAZEing in Stavanger. They also won the 'Best Show' Award at Buxton Fringe.

This is their first time in Australia and they will be performing every day from the 6th of February 2016 to 13th February 2016 at the Casa Mondo, The Pleasure Garden at James Street, Northbridge at 5.15pm. Tickets range from $16 to $25 and can be purchased online at https://www.fringeworld.com.au or at the box office at the Pleasure Garden. To read about the Kagools visit www.thekagools.com/
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Why? For a whole lot of laughs
When: 5.15pm nightly
Where: the Casa Mondo, The Pleasure Garden at James Street, Northbridge
Cost: $16-$25
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