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Garry Glitters in this Sparkling Comedy
Last night, I saw one heck of a funny show as part of the Midsumma Festival, and I want to tell everyone about it!
In Garry Starr Performs Everything, comedian Damien Warren-Smith takes on the persona of Garry Starr, an actor with a one-man crusade to save theatre. With so much digital media at our fingertips, who can be bothered to go to the theatre any more? And with no audiences, there's no theatre. In an effort to save theatre, Garry undertakes to perform every theatre genre in the space of a one-hour show. Can he succeed in fulfilling this seemingly impossible task - and in so doing, re-ignite the audience's passion for theatre?
This is the premise for a truly remarkable, and hilarious, show.
In the space of an hour, Garry takes us on a wild ride. He starts with Shakespeare - Hamlet condensed into 30 seconds.
Garry covers Shakespeare's Hamlet in 30 seconds
From there, we progress through Harold Pinter into drama, romance, tragedy, farce, slapstick. I don't have the sequence correct, there was too much packed in to have complete recall. However, there was also a memorable ballet sequence that was a 'hit', literally, knocking my partner's drink off our (front row) table!
If we hadn't already been impressed with Garry's athleticism through his ballet performance, he later tries his hand at clowning.
Garry tries his hand at clowning
There is a LOT of audience interaction and involvement in this show. Don't even bother trying to hide up the back of the room - Garry is out and about amongst the audience on a regular basis. No-one is safe. But hey, the audience participation segments are often the funniest bits of the show, and it's no exception here.
A particularly funny segment involves spaghetti eating... or, more correctly, spaghetti 'sharing'. Garry stands on stage, strands of spaghetti hanging from his mouth, a plaintive look on his expressive face as he waits for audience members to come onto the stage to start eating the spaghetti strands from the other end.
Garry waits hopefully for spaghetti eating buddies
And, of course, they do! Before we know it, there is a huddle on stage, as the spaghetti is slurped down.
Spaghetti shared with willing audience members
In his big finale, Garry tries his hand at 'crowd surfing'. Happily, the audience once again comes through for him.
Crowd surfing - once again, the audience doesn't let him down
Warren-Smith is an energetic, confident performer, who brilliantly demonstrates his versatility through Garry Starr. This is one of the funniest shows I've seen in a long time, and I highly recommend it.
You can view the trailer for the show here:
Garry Starr Performs Everything plays at Howler, 7-11 Dawson Street, Brunswick, at 6.30pm each night until Saturday 26th January.
Tickets are full - $26, concession - $23. Click here to buy your tickets online.
The show contains nudity and coarse language.
The images in this article were taken by the writer.