Adelaide Fringe

Ghost Sharks – Adelaide Fringe 2011

Presented by Bowengabbie Productions
Reviewed Saturday 19 February 2011

Venue: The Upstairs Lounge, Gelatissimo, 280 Rundle St, Adelaide
Season: 21-22 & 24-27 Feb at 9.30pm
Tickets: $22.00/$19.00
Duration: 60 mins
Bookings: FringeTix 1300 FRINGE (374 643) or

A ridiculous plot, appalling acting, and cheap tacky props are the good points of this outrageously funny farce that may well leave you gasping for breath. Schlock horror is making a comeback and it begins here for Adelaide audiences.

The b-grade script finds hapless Felix the Fish Whisperer having to track down and fight the mighty evil Lucifish to prevent Aquageddon.

The cast features comedians Mark Trenwith and Scott John, with award winning playwright Caleb Lewis also making a welcome stage appearance. The story was devised and developed by the trio and combines scripted storyline and dialogue with a fair amount of adlibbing, given the play a freeform style that let’s their natural comedic talents shine through.

There’s some clever imagery using basic props to represent the action, and enormous wit in the use of unexpected visuals for additional laughs.

The over-the-top anarchy of the show would not be for all tastes, and certainly not for those with a conservative sense of humour. In many respects it is reminiscent of the comedy television soap from the early 1990s, Let the Blood Run Free, which also began life as a loosely-scripted stage show.

If you relish the unexpected and the ridiculous, this may well be one of the funniest plays this Fringe. It certainly made this reviewer laugh the hardest to date.

Reviewed by Rod Lewis, Performing Arts Critic, Glam Adelaide.

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