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The Causeway is a dramatic retelling of an ancient battle
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UK actor and comedian, Daniel Nils Roberts, is returning to Fringe World in 2017 with a brand new comedy show called The Causeway. Daniel is a rising star in the UK improv scene. He is part of the comedy group Austentatious and was one of the founding members of the UK-based comedy quintet Racing Minds.
He featured in the successful productions of the Oxford Imps, Impromptu Shakespeare, Criminal, Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes and No Strings: The Improvised Puppet Musical. He has toured across Europe and Australia and runs a podcast that has over half a million SoundCloud followers. He debuted his first solo production Honey at the 2016 Perth Fringe Festival. It was nominated for 'Best Comedy Show' and praised for its "sheer silliness and brilliance" and for being "wickedly intelligent and consistently hilarious" by critics.
Daniel is now back in Perth to give audiences another taste of his unique brand of sketch comedy. The Causeway will be playing from the 14th to the 19th of February at the Pho Barn at the Noodle Palace which is located at 19 Francis Street in Northbridge. Tickets will cost $21 dollars each and can be purchased online or at the box office. The show runs for 1 hour and is suitable for people aged 15 years and older.
Daniel Nils Roberts is a man who knows how to get a laugh out of people. When my sister and I entered the Pho Barn he was sitting at the front of the room wearing a sombrero and a fake moustache and eating corn chips. "Chip?" he asked us. "Nah," we said with a giggle. He shrugged and went back to his chips. We took our seats and the lights went off and Daniel put his hat and moustache away and got into character. He stood up and opened an imaginary door and gestured to a random man in the audience. "Hello!" he said. "Thank you for coming!" He pulled the confused gentlemen up onto the stage. He gave him a stuffed hawk and got him to do his best bird impression. "Excellent," he said. "You've got the part!" The audience chuckled as the man went back to his seat holding the bird.
Daniel Nils Roberts has an excellent stage presence. He is able to slip in and out of multiple characters and accents with ease. He interweaves the story of the Battle of Maldon with flashbacks to his childhood. It was a little confusing and sometimes a little bit rambling but it all made sense to me in the end. I liked how he managed to sprinkle some jokes about modern-day politics into the show like a reference to "A monarch secretly dead since Christmas" and when he asked the audience "Have you heard of 'Rexit'? It was when the Romans withdrew from England!"
Daniel uses audience participation during the show to great effect. I loved it when he called the 'hawk' man back up onto stage to perch the fake hawk on his arm while he spoke in verse about his love for the bird. I wasn't entirely sure what was going on but it was funny none the less. The Causeway is showing at the Noodle Palace until the 19th of February. Grab your tickets before it's too late! Make sure to practice your bird call.