Giant Dwarf Theatre Sydney
As advertised, this was very much a work in progress. Preparing for a London run in July, it was definitely a bit ragged around the edges, but it was an immensely charming evening.
I’d not seen him live before, only heard of his reputation in passing. Since reading Stewart Lee’s brilliant “How I Escaped My Certain Fate” praising him to the skies and insulting him mercilessly, and in the wake of the ComCom podcast (mentioned elsewhere) which carried a lorraluv, it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. Glad I did – well worth the trek across town in the rain.
Yes, his own closing assessment (“zero structure, some content”) was valid, and there were a couple of small patches that sounded like familiar themes from many years ago, on the whole it was thoroughly enjoyable. Even when he was struggling to remember his own threads of logic and material the crowd were happy to play along and have fun. The crowd work was interesting, and I’m pretty sure the observational comedy surrounding Tim Tams won’t make it to London. Worked for us though. Local jokes get you local work as they say.
Even the FPO (who was there under duress and knackered from a long day) was laughing long and loud which was a surprise. I usually dread dragging her along to ‘my kind of’ comedy, but this one played out spectacularly well.
Catch it if it comes your way.
Mostly hipsters either side of 30, but a couple of standard deviations out were we were, we still weren’t the oldest fogies in the place.
It made me think..
If I go to the Giant Dwarf again, I must Uber/Taxi it next time because the bar was very nicely set up and I couldn’t fully avail myself of the pleasures. Much as I find the Chaser TV team annoying, individually and collectively, they’ve done a brilliant job in setting up this place. However, the bench seats are only really tolerable for 60-70 mins though, and 90+ was stretching my patience in the buttocks area.
It will be very interesting if there’s a DVD or similar of where Kitson’s show pans out when it does get to the London stage. I’d certainly watch it all again.