Adelaide Fringe

Fringe Review: Thom Pain (Based On Nothing) By Will Eno

What do you expect from a show based on nothing? Nothing, and that is close to what one gets, with this intriguing Fringe show.

Presented by Joanne Hartstone
Reviewed 14 February 2016

What do you expect from a show based on nothing? Nothing, and that is close to what we got. However it was a nothing that was presented with charm and was at times funny. The story line was so random and convoluted that one could almost imagine that the writer had taken lessons from Samuel Beckett. The speaker constantly asked us to imagine characters or situations, or a pink elephant.

He is trying to save our lives but it’s not really clear how and he, at times, had hard work talking over the noise from upstairs. Perhaps the response would have been better with a larger audience; it’s harder to be picked on when you feel isolated. The gentle humour was at times engaging and the personality is hard to dislike, but I feel this is not everyone’s cup of tea.

He will probably make you laugh and make you think, but don’t expect to understand him!

Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Twitter: @Franeds

Rating (out of 5): 2.5

Venue: The German Club – Cellar
Season: 12-13 Feb at 8pm,14,28 Feb 6 Mar at 7.30pm 17-20,24-7, 2-5 Mar 8pm
Duration: 70 mins
Tickets: $20 – $25
Bookings: Book through FringeTix online or at a FringeTix box office (booking fees apply)
http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au

 

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