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by Tema (subscribe)
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Overall rating: ★★★★
Date attended: 16/02/2019

Gee whiz, that Sydney-based gal Clare Cavanagh is one heck of an energetic performer!

In a span of 60 minutes, Cavanagh took her audience in the intimate Ferguson Room at the National Wine Centre on a whirlwind of a journey. I don't think you ever really see stop Cavanagh take a breath, because she transformed to the next character as quickly as a lightning bolt!

Using a minimal selection of props, Cavanagh stood in front of the audience and portrayed herself as a myriad of personas - each of whom we have probably either come across or observed from afar. We saw a passionate school captain with strong revolutionary ideas, a police officer, who was able to make things right in the world after debunking a crime committed by an audience member, a multi-billionaire actor with tips on how to get through this thing we call life, a fireman, whose acronym of "Towering Inferno" was a modern and sure sign of surviving a fire, and a teenage poet with a cute yet sassy demeanor that easily made us fall in love with her.

Doing improv comedy is certainly an art, because it can go one of two ways - freaking deaking brilliantly or oh-so-shockingly poorly. Lucky for us, our group of audience members were able to provide Cavanagh with enough quality suggestions and content that made the show as fun and enjoyable as it was. Cavanagh's ability to think on the spot and use the material thrown at her to her (and our) advantage is inspiring.

Having watched comedians from Sydney in the past, there is a signature style of performance and monologue delivery that Cavanagh seems to have mastered rather well. Balancing audience participation with improv material, coupled with her own unique content that is relatable, simple, and just really funny, Cavanagh was able to successfully engage her audience in quality entertainment from someone who is bloody brilliant at storytelling and narrative, mixed with comedy.

I appreciated how effortlessly Cavanagh was able to challenge some of the stereotypes associated with today's society and put a new and fresh spin on their perspective. Regardless of the character she played, Cavanagh seemed to have done justice to them all by capturing their personalities and unique moments of charm in a way that left the audience in stitches.

Cavanagh has lots of potential to make it big in the comedy scene and with a bit more experience in the industry, it won't be long before she makes waves with her one-woman sketch comedy style around Australia.

Tema was invited as a guest.

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Why? Clare Cavanagh's versatility as a performer knows no bound(arie)s
When: Adelaide Fringe season
Where: National Wine Centre
Cost: $18 - $22
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