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Kieran Bullock Builds Ikea Furniture On Stage and Talks To The Audience - Adelaide Fringe Review

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by Thomas Day (subscribe)
I am an Adelaide based writer, passionate about sharing fun and interesting experiences, with a particular focus on live theatre.
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Kieran Bullock flat packs comedy show into 50 minutes

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Building IKEA furniture is a situation that most people would be familiar with, and most of us know how stressful, frustrating and annoying building furniture can sometimes be. It is not often though that one gets to watch a person build something for entertainment purposes, both for a performer and an audience. However, Victorian comedian Kieran Bullock offered this unique opportunity with his brand new show Kieran Bullock Builds IKEA Furniture On Stage and Talks To The Audience, which he showcased during Adelaide Fringe, fresh from previous performances at interstate festivals.

The show is unique and unusual in nature, and it is exactly as the title reads: Kieran Bullock attempts to build a piece of IKEA furniture in just 50 minutes, while simultaneously talking to the audience about nothing in particular, and attempting to tell jokes.

The concept is most intriguing and has definite potential, but unfortunately, this show still requires some work. Though Bullock was confident and enthusiastic and made a solid attempt to be funny, he tended to waffle on somewhat, and his jokes didn't appear to have any solid structure or punchlines and require some fine-tuning. As such, "talk to the audience" segment of his show is an accurate description, but the comedy category does not seem to fit well, as this was quite the downfall. As such, Bullock lost my interest quite soon into the show and much like the furniture itself, the show was flat overall, and I did not feel like I had laughed as much I would have expected from a comedy show.

Nonetheless, the Adelaide Fringe provides excellent opportunities for artists to showcase new material and for patrons to experience a show that is inventive, innovative, different and unusual, and something that they otherwise would not, and Bullock's show is one such show which allows one to experience this. Should Bullock continue to work on this show, it can only get better and will become a polished piece. It is quite fitting that building IKEA furniture is an excellent analogy for Bullock's show: sometimes building the furniture does take time and effort, and mistakes will be made along the way, sometimes things won't go to plan. However, if one does not give up, the hard work will be worth all the effort, once the product has been fully built and one can be proud of what they have achieved. Bullock definitely deserves to be proud of what he has already achieved, and I am confident that with further work and fine-tuning, this production can only continue to get better with time.

Rating: 2.5 allen keys (out of 5)
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Why? to experience a unique and unusual Fringe show
When: 4-7, 12-14 March at 9:30pm
Phone: 1300 621 255 (FringeTIX)
Where: Ayers House Events - The Library
Cost: BankSA Cardholder $18, Concession $20, Full Price $23, Half price tickets occasionally available to purchase from 12-3pm on date of show
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