Adelaide Fringe

Fringe Review: The World Keeps Happening

As heard on triple j. As seen on The Project and Q&A. 2015 Best Newcomer Nominee – Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Presented by Token Events
Reviewed 16 February 2016

I saw Tom Ballard’s stand up show at the Fringe a few years ago and he turned me into a fan. I realised that I had unfairly judged him on his Triple J stint alone; his on-air persona seriously limited.

Now, 2 years after leaving his radio gig, Ballard brings The World Keeps Happening to the Fringe. He presents a snapshot of the depressing state of the world in 2016, and takes you on his path to improve the worst of it. His wit is sharp and his observations are spot on. He often nudges the boundaries of what is comfortable, pushing the audience through with a refreshing honesty and energy.

He addresses current issues in Australia from racism and marriage equality to politics and elitism. He suggested perhaps not recommending his show to your grandma, Liberals or rowers but I don’t think this is the case, except maybe for grandma.

Reviewed by Kathryn Noble
Rating (out of 5): 3.5

Venue: Garden of Unearthly Delights – Studio 7
Season: 16 – 28 February 2016
Duration: 60 minutes
Tickets: $25
Bookings: Book through FringeTix online or at a FringeTix box office (booking fees apply)


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