Presented by AList.com.au
Reviewed 9th March 2016
For two hours, the master of the absurd, Ross Noble, takes us on an eccentric and erratic trip of his mind in his new show, Brain Dump.
The comic genius of Noble is his random, pure improvisation to twist the cues and reactions of the audience into imaginative explosions of magical realism. As best described by himself, “it’s like a scarecrow and an unmagical wizard had a brain that they pumped with unnecessary information without any linear logic and put it in a body, pumped it full of Haribos and watched it dance.”
As Noble winds relatively innocent topics of late-comers, country music and the Clipsal, quickly it spirals to details of circus-hating terrorists, his dolphin-friendly bucket list and colourful details of his recent vasectomy. It’s his fascinating nature to not play it safe, but play with the audience that has every show vastly different and more exciting than the last.
The spontaneous dimensions of Noble’s show testify to his mastery. Physical theatrics visualise every punchline with hair flying, arms flailing as the outrageous images erupt in hysterics. In this entirely unplanned performance, seemingly unrelated and nonsensical threads are woven without mode or agenda, but are tied up in the most Noble way possible as the curtain falls. If he hadn’t sweated enough in the musty theatre, Noble’s encore exemplified his deft creativeness as he answered questions from the crowd, in a tight lasting laugh.
Ross Noble’s lurid tangents and overexcited energy brings the dusty theatre to life in a show so impressively its own.
Reviewed by Hannah Lally
Rating (out of 5): 4.5
Venue: The Royalty Theatre
Season: 10th – 13th March 2016
Duration: 140 minutes
Bookings: Book through FringeTix online or at a FringeTix box office (booking fees apply)