It really helped if you were a nurse. There were large parties of the said occupation in the first night of this one woman show. Georgie Carroll is a nurse and delights in recounting the extraordinary events that are apparently everyday occurrences in various departments of large hospitals, in Australia and possibly worldwide. In fact she and those nurses laughed so hard I almost felt a bit left out of the joke sometimes.
That said there were some very amusing stories and her take on compassion and the wearing down of the same; “compassion fatigue”, was easy for all of the audience to empathize with; nurse or not!
Her “Stralia Day in Emergency” segment was truly cringe-making but hilarious. Audience interaction was a strong point and she led her fellow nurses into amazed, vociferous responses with the Adelaide version of bringing in a difficult patient.
“Don’t you have nets here?” Nets are used in South Australia to capture a suspect who has landed in water. A junior nurse is shocked by this practise. “The ambo reply, “Well we can’t harpoon them anymore.”
Adelaide General Hospital also has the advantage of being able to call in a hunky policeman who is able to Taser the more unruly patients. Her South African accented Taser specialist drew screams of appreciation from the crowd. It was very funny.
Carroll gave us a witty comparison of the “handover nurse” 1 and 2. The first nurse crisp, reserved and non judgemental. The second world-weary, jaded and cynical to the point of deadpan, blunted reportage. Very Australian humour, complete with contrasting accents. The crowd loved it.
I enjoyed the segment about the Bunnings DIY workshops for people in wheelchairs. Here the dysfunctional Kevin attempted a lesson to attendees, but succumbed to bouts of railing at their incompetence. A more personal segment dealt with Carroll’s sturdy frame. Her GP would happy if she were to lose some weight. However she is comfortable as she is she is “Not too fat to walk.”
Indeed Carroll seemed extremely comfortable onstage, even if it were the opening night of a new show. Asking her stage manager how much time was left she ad-libbed for a few minutes before launching into a bouncy medical-themed diagnostic rap number. “That’s How I Know You F***** Up”. The audience joined in with relish clapping along and joining in on the chorus in full voice.
For nurses, medicos and associated industries a winner. What a clever artist to find this niche market!
Mick & Boo presents
GAUZE & AFFECT
Venue: Teatro 1 | The Pleasure Garden
Tickets: $23 – 26
Part of the 2016 Perth Fringe World Festival