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North & Clybourne: Hope Sydney at Adelaide Fringe 2018 - Review

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When humour is the key to changing the world
Promotional poster (Sourced from the Adelaide Fringe website)

Overall rating: ★★★★1/2

Date attended: 03/03/2018

A sketch comedy that aims to change the world by joining forces with a clown and a sketch writer...doable? Why yes, certainly doable!

This is a show that's silly, engaging, and truly wholesome. Whether you are a politics noob like myself or are well-versed in the latest happenings around Australian politics, this show will leave you with a lot of smiles, a bunch of laughter, and a bit of food for thought when you leave, where you'll ponder over what can be done to change our society for the better.

Presented by Chicago-trained improv and sketch comedian Davis Murphy & Chicago and French-trained clown Jeromaia Giuseppe Detto, the hour-long show brings a myriad of mini acts and characters - all of which will turn out to be quite the memorable kind. While each act is mostly independent of each other, there are subtle crossings between some of the acts, which ends up bringing a sense of interconnectedness between the characters of the show. The jovial attitudes of the characters, callbacks to recent national and worldly events, and bizarre yet hilarious props will leave you wanting more from this iconic duo.

By following a structure of presenting a bunch of mini acts within the first half hour, followed by a total improv piece by each of the actors in the second half hour (and constructing sketch straight from scratch by taking suggestions from the audience), Davis and Jeromaia were able to work well under the pressure and create brand new content for the audience's entertainment. Props were few, but actions were certainly plenty. My favourite part of the show would have to be the bit with the puppets, as this was part of the improv that the guys were building as a concept on the spot!

The show also incorporates a mild level of audience interactivity, which is always a bonus when the audience members are willing and able to effectively add to the content of the show. The lads also seemed to enjoy having some raw moments of general banter on-stage, which further added to the authenticity of the show and how humour is meant to be genuine and natural, not forced or cringeworthy.

While their season with the Adelaide Fringe may have ended, you can be rest assured that this won't be the last we see of Davis and Jeromaia. They will be continuing in their comedic pursuits to bring smiles to their audience's faces at the upcoming Sydney Fringe and Comedy Fests around Australia.
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Why? Because who doesn't love a comedy show with a bit of variety mixed into it?
When: Fringe seasons across Australia
Where: Perth Fringe / Adelaide Fringe / Sydney Fringe
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