Felicity Ward delivers honest comedy
Reviewed at the Garden of Unearthly Delights on 24 February 2019
Presented by Laughing Stock Productions
Felicity Ward is back in Australia after a few years of living in the UK and appearing frequently on a variety of panel and comedy shows. Ward returned with her latest full length production Busting A Nut for a packed out crowd at the Garden of Unearthly Delights in the 2019 Adelaide Fringe season.
The Busting A Nut show drew upon her recent history including marriage and experiences in a different countries culture. These tales brought in a fun contemporary update to Ward’s work and entertaining insight for fans who have followed the personal style of Ward’s comedy style over the years. The persona on stage was energetic and engaging.
Ward played an open book in her comedy. The tales were highly relatable and included many personal stories to humanise Ward and connect on a greater level with the audience. Ward’s previous and current work has entered into the topics of mental illness and health and while Busting A Nut doesn’t centre on the theme, it was integrated in an intelligent and skilfully comedic manner.
In bringing the latest show to an Australian audience Ward was able to introduce many delightful and amusing contrasts between the Australian and the European audiences. This comparison felt like the audience was participating in an entertaining, evolving and self-reflective work that is a unique experience for each time the show is performed.
In the closing of the show Ward welcomed the audience into an unexpected, bordering on surreal encore based on a concept found within her new marriage: chicken karaoke. The game was as the name implied and was a hilarious manner to end the production on.
Felicity Ward’s Busting A Nut was in Adelaide for one night only as part of a national tour.
Reviewed by Alex Dunkin
One night only – Season Ended