I am Basketball Man | Adelaide Fringe Review 2018
by Catherine Leo
If you’re one of the thousands who have caught the very popular ‘360 Allstars’ Fringe show this year, you might be familiar with basketball trickster Rashaun Daniels AKA ‘Basketball Man’.
Pictured in the Allstar’s gig, his brand new solo show is quite a world away from the bright lights and big sounds of that performance. In contrast to the Grand Auditorium at the Royal Croquet Club, you can see ‘I am Basketball Man’ in a dark upstairs room at The Hindley (the HQ nightclub).
The audience of about 50 kids and adults sat on chairs in a close semi circle around Rashaun as he talked about his life as a busker, including growing up with his grandma (his parents were teenagers when they had him) before setting off to Hawaii to hopefully make a living from street performing.
There were dark moments in the tale, and the mood of the performance ranges form highly comical and fun (see his ‘Basketball Man’ super hero costume), to serious and challenging to the audience as we ponder our role in financially supporting those we love to see on the street entertaining us.
My kids (aged 6, 11 and 12) all really enjoyed the show, but it’s worth knowing you’ll see a different side to the Allstar’s persona. There’s more depth and content to ponder, interspersed with the fun tricks and interaction with the audience. Go see it for an education in the behind the smiles life of a man who lives out of a suitcase in order to entertain the thousands around the world.
I hope he continues the show next year, perhaps at a venue that is a bit brighter and able to show-case his great work on the floor (flat seating doesn’t really enable kids further back than the front row to see all the action). I commend Rashaun for taking this leap into his first solo show at a Fringe, and love that smile and enthusiasm!
I am Basketball Man is performing until 17 March 2018.
For more information about this show and ticket bookings, please see the Adelaide Fringe website here.
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