Pisca | Cameron TaylorTaylor is a former local lad and the packed crowd at this new Fringe Festival venue were very responsive to his show.

Taylor has a strong stage presence – he barely uttered a word during the performance but his considerable miming ability carried the show pretty well.

Adopting the persona of a newly born duckling, the lanky actor worked the stage in long woollen tights topped with a balletic tutu of downy white feathers. His blue and white, exaggerated stage make-up reinforced the memory of Marcel Marceau. The show began with a clever performance by two sock puppets (ostriches, I think they were?) also miming affection for each other to a taped version of Endless Love.

A surprising feature of Taylor’s stage style is the use of songs, sung by himself. He has a good voice. Those songs, sound effects and lighting changes were the links between what was essentially a series of sight gags.

I could not fault Taylor’s interaction with the crowd. He virtually charmed male members of the audience onto the stage and they responded with alacrity. One particular audience encounter allowing a brief cheeky reference to the currently trending equal marriage issue.

There were moments of utter hilarity; for example as before our eyes Taylor, tutu rippling provocatively, morphed into a disco queen version of Love is in the Air. His timing and responses to the audience reaction were impeccable. Few artists could claim to provoke such a loud and positive “quack” response in such a short time!

I felt the writing of this show needed to tighten up. That said, I’m already looking forward to seeing his next Fringe show.

 

2018 Perth Fringe Festival
Pisca

by Cameron Taylor

Venue: The Palace [email protected] Palace | 26 Queen St, Perth WA
Dates: 27 January – 4 February 2018
Tickets: $32 – $26
Bookings: fringe.world.com.au

 

 

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