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Clown Light Stage – 2012 Adelaide Fringe

Presented by: Alice Mary Cooper
Reviewed: Sat 25th February 2012

This show for me, was everything I think the Fringe should be celebrating; quirky and original snippets of art and performance in hidden (and not so hidden) venues across Adelaide.

The Cat Bowl at Tuxedo Cat was fantastic. The main entry and bar area opens onto North Terrace and has been transformed into a casual, unique and enticing venue; the perfect spot to enjoy a drink before the show. The actual performance areas were also great, concrete rooms upstairs in a part of the building probably not used for years. It reminded us that we were here to experience something a little different from the usual.

And different from the usual is certainly what we got. Unfortunately, however, this show left me a little confused and unsatisfied, and unsure if I really truly have an open mind when it comes to some performance art. The concept was clever and had potential. Cooper played a clown who had set herself the task of performing Alice Mary Cooper’s show ‘Clown Light Stage’ after Alice was hit by a bus. She found clues about what the show might have involved from the contents of Alice’s bag.

Interpretations of some of the items had her smearing Nutella on her body and chewing tea bags. There were glimpses of Cooper pulling it off, and regular laughs from the audience and we really did want her to pull it off, but sadly her performance was uncomfortable and too often awkward and missing the mark.

Reviewed by  Kathryn Noble, Performing Arts Critic, Glam Adelaide 

Adelaide Fringe

Venue: Tuxedo Cat, 199 North Terrace, Adelaide
Season: 23rd Feb – 28th Feb, 1-6th March
Duration: 40min
Tickets: $12 – $16
Bookings: FringeTix 1300-FRINGE (1300 374 643), FringeTix outlets, or online

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