Adelaide Fringe

Fringe Review: The Pleasure Project

Five alien females ask the question: Can the clitoris save humanity?

Presented by Ava Bogle
Reviewed 10 March 2018

Approaching the Crown and Anchor Hotel to review The Pleasure Project, I felt some trepidation. Was I about to be the only male lost in a sea of women? Was a show that seemed to be concerning itself with a certain area of a female’s nether regions going to ‘speak’ to me. I needed to have no concerns.

Firstly, the audience were mainly male and secondly, this is a fun show that doesn’t really ‘speak’ to anyone (although there are some moans and groans).

The story line is fairly simple: the world is on the brink of destruction (as it always is) with Mankind about to become extinct (as they always are). Five aliens who have been living among us disguised as females are departing for their own planet, but first ask the question: Can the clitoris save humanity? The answer is in the ‘climax’ of the show.

In the hands of any other performer than Ava Bogle, the show and concept may come across as extremely tacky, but Bogle somehow makes it all seem a class act. She is a highly skilled actor who manages to portray seven characters wonderfully. Each one is a gem in different ways, but my favourite would have to be the housewife/kindergarten teacher who explains God’s creation of Man and Woman (with the aid of Barbie and Ken dolls) – very funny stuff.

This is unashamedly ‘edgy’ comedy, the kind that Americans are extremely good at and Bogle proves that she is one of the best. This is something a little different, that works no matter one’s sex.

Reviewed by Brian Godfrey
Twitter: @briangods

Rating out of 5: 4.5

Venue: The Bandroom at the Crown and Anchor Hotel
Season: Until 18 March 2018
Duration: 45 mins
Tickets: $15 – $20


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