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STATIC (article first published : 2005-07-7)

Clare Cassidy and Brian Wallace are presenting their comedy show Static on the Fringe of the National Arts Festival.

Subtitled “a comedy in 432½ acts”, it is the kind of production that works well on the Fringe as it contains clever imagery, a bunch of nonsense and no real message – all tightly presented, without stretching the brain cells too far!

By the time we get to the middle of the festival, people are beginning to suffer from the “If it’s Tuesday, it must be Belgium” syndrome – or “if it’s Wednesday at 18h00, then it’s Static - We’re not too sure - or can't remember now - what the show’s about so we’ll just sit back and wait to be entertained!”

To start off, our performers are tied to a chair although this is soon rectified with the help of a supportive audience member! Once freed from bondage they launch into a convoluted and highly amusing explanation as to how they landed up in this situation, in the first place! There is much humorous reference to the life of a BA graduate which, in their views, means a close association with the comforts of bed and the intrinsic values of sleep!

The two performers take on several roles and I enjoyed Clare’s Afrikaans Mafia chief librarian. Brian Wallace also impressed with a politician’s speech in which he mainly used capital letters! I thought the ‘choice of weapons” in order to determine who was the victor in the final fight to the death, highly innovative.

There are some extremely clever lines and the pace is consistently good but generally Static needs to be worked on with much stronger direction before it will attract a wider audience back home in KwaZulu-Natal. However, the audience loved it at the production I saw … and they’re the ones paying real money for seats, after all!

There are performances at Princess Alice on July 8 at 12h00 and on July 9 at 18h30. – Caroline Smart




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