Chicksal 500 at the Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide Fringe
Review By Cath Leo
An all-star line up of female comedians awaits you in The Boboli Tent at the Garden of Unearthly Delights!
Geraldine Hickey, Cal Wilson, Lizzy Loo and the incredible Denise Scott join forces to bring you a a lively show with the benefit of four unique mini-shows within the bigger one. Makes for a great value option with diverse perspectives! And with 3 out of the 4 artists hailing from Melbourne, they were champing at the bit to be travelling and performing live, so oozed enthusiasm for being there.
Geraldine Hickey kicked things off with hilarious tales from lockdown, including some backyard improvements (who knew the word ‘agapanthus’ could be so funny), bread making and bread eating, and consequent weight gain and weight loss.. however it was her physical theatre description of being rescued from a zipline that had me in stitches.
Lizzy Loo stepped up next and was a new face for me having only started doing stand-up a few years ago. Her humour centred around her Chinese Malaysian/Australian-Irish heritage with plenty of puns and stories about her ‘white guy’ boyfriend with red hair.
Cal Wilson expressed her excitement to be performing over and over, and her rapid pace of speaking had her doing half an hour’s worth in her short stint! With all the months in lockdown it’s no surprise a few of her stories were based around her 11 year old son, as well as her ‘achievements’, one of which was watching every episode of ‘Love it or List it’ which made her an expert on the house values in British Columbia… 10 years ago. Very funny stuff!
Denise Scott was my absolute favourite and I’ve loved seeing her Fringe shows in previous years. She is just so incredibly likeable but a sharp and stinging wit, happy to tease audience members in such a loveable and often self-deprecating way. Her courage to involve and chat with people in the crowd makes us feel involved, and increases the feeling of spontaneity in her performance. I will never forget her impersonation of Gillian Anderson playing Margaret Thatcher in The Crown, or Ant Middleton, the fierce SAS staffer from ‘SAS Australia/UK’ standing over and abusing participants. To see a 60+ woman doing this so effectively resulted in yet another LOL moment for me! My companion was repeated wiping away tears of laughter too. Many references to her age, changing body, arthritis etc just endears us to her even more.
Geraldine did a wonderful job or MC’ing in between mini acts and rousing the crowd to support the artists. She’s just brilliant and I’ll be sure to go to any of her solo shows in the future.
I thoroughly recommend this show and supporting old, and new favourite artists at this time is so important, with their income streams greatly affected by the loss of events in 2020.
Let’s keep them working and continuing to come and entertain us at the Fringe!
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Fringe website.
What: Chicksal 500 Review
When: Monday 1 – Saturday 6 March 2021
Where: The Boboli and Babylon (2 venues) | Garden of Unearthly Delights, Rundle Road, Adelaide
Who: Rated M – perfect for a Mums & Dads night out!
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