Posted in Adelaide Fringe 2011

The Hermitude of Angus, Ecstatic (Adelaide Fringe 2011)

Date: 14 March 2011

Once in a while you’re reminded that often the Adelaide Fringe brings you shows that are just so weird and mind boggling, you realise anyone can put on a show at the Fringe.

A mixture of mime (yes, mime), chaotic dancing with no rhythm and some really bizarre physical “comedy” complete with a narrating voice over, it’s a pretty safe bet that this Fringe act is certainly not for everyone.

The Hermitude of Angus, Ecstatic is a show so unusual I’m still trying to figure out its point. I pride myself on being able to understand 99.9% of Fringe performances, even show’s that aren’t my “thing” I still manage to find something I’m fond of in the act – unfortunately though, not with this show. But perhaps I’m missing something, because not only were there two women who found this show utterly hysterical, as displayed by their loud obnoxious cackling, this also won Best Comedy at the Melbourne Fringe in 2010…I really just don’t get it.

Star of the show Vachel Spirason, is undoubtedly very talented throwing himself into the physicality of this role with energy and enthusiasm. He is versatile in the characters he must portray and does an incredible job delivering them to his audience, it’s just that the text he has to work with is extremely peculiar.

The Hermitude of Angus, Ecstatic is definitely for a niche audience, don’t go if you’re expecting to see comedy similar to the more popular acts of Sammy J and Randy because it’s guaranteed you will be disappointed.

– Suzanna Parisi


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