"Wanna come to a show with me? I can guarantee you that it will be all sorts of weird and bizzare, but fun!" - this was how I tried selling the show Raul By The Pool to my plus one Ray. And my oh my, the accuracy has never been more precise!
A recently single pool boy who lost his wife Denis to a hot yoga instructor Victor, Raul seeks to find his peace and sense of closure around this scenario (not to mention the questioning act of leaving Victor wounded with the deadly weapon - a pool noodle). Instead of drowning his sorrows with booze and drugs, Raul decides to instead engage in fluids of the pool water kind, by heading on a quest to clean all the pools in the world.
Dressed in hot golden booty shorts that are just a touch too revealing and a purple tank top, our lovable pool boy Raul takes his audience on his opening night through a bumpy yet enjoyable getaway at The Sol Hotel. Starting off the show, every audience member is personally greeted and welcomed by this adorable young man with a rough yet amusing French accent. Be advised that this is a show with a high level of interactivity, so no matter where you sit, Raul will find you and bring you to be a part of the show!
The catchy tunes to "Party Party Fun Time" still play in my head as I reminisce about the show. Despite being stationed in a really hot venue with little to no soundproofing and some minor technical glitches, Raul worked brilliantly under the pressure of pleasing his audience on his first show at the Adelaide Fringe this year. It was a show that initially received some confusing and befuddled reactions, but by the end of which, brought the audience and Raul a step closer towards a memorable friendship. The audience members warmed up to Raul in no time, which added to the brilliant content of improvising and interacting in an inclusive space! Lots of pool balls made their way through the audience, which further added to the electric and energetic vibe of the show itself.
While this isn't what you'd consider to be a typical cabaret / comedy show, it's one that is meant to be silly, engaging, and full of lighthearted humour. So, if you have a spare 50 minutes and want to open your mind and soul to lesser-known, yet equally entertaining form of performing arts, this is a show for you. Just don't take anyone under 18 to the show and you'll be golden!
You can find Raul doing what he does best as a pool boy in the Pig Tales and Piglet tents at Gluttony, as part of Adelaide Fringe - book your tickets here.
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