‘Maggot’ was suggestive and at times borderline excessive. Angela, Freya and Elle performed brilliantly, their chemistry together on stage was clear and their chemistry with the audience was even better. Each performer read the audience like a book, they adapted well and picked up on all crowd cues quickly. They are animated, emotive and expressive performers who relished the show’s absurdity and the reactions it received.
Despite prior knowledge of Kimberly Twiner’s involvement in the show as director, you could feel the influence of her trademark brand of comedy. That said, Angela, Freya and Elle made the show their own and performed an entertaining, if very absurd, joyful show.
This was a fast-paced show where characters and scenes interchanged quickly. To explain and list each of the scenes would ruin the surprise element this show brings; however, it is worth noting that the scenes range from silly, dramatic, sensual and back to absurd with no pause for the audience to catch their breath. There are elements of playful (and consensual) audience interaction but these were un-intimidating and well handled.
‘Maggot’ was weird fun but it’s a show Hugging Comedians would see again. If you’re looking for some left-of-centre risqué clowning with enthusiasm then this show is for you. Check out ‘Maggot’ from 19 to 21 September at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
But wait!? Do you live in Sydney? Then check out ‘Maggot’ at the Sydney Fringe Festival on 27 and 29 September. For more information and to book tickets for the Sydney show, click here.