Review by Kieran Eaton
In Perth, the Causeway is a man-made bridge over the Swan River. In this show, English comedian, Daniel Nils Roberts talks about another causeway – one that is natural and sometimes submerged in water. This is from Nils Roberts’ obscure tale of the Battle of Maldon (apparently, number 77 on the Channel 4 top 100 list of British battles!)
When the audience sits down they see Nils Roberts munching on a packet of Dorito corn chips, wearing a Sombrero and a fake moustache. Before the show even starts he is offering some to members in the front row! Nils Roberts promptly hangs the sombrero up when the show starts, allowing the absurdity to assure us that there were no racist undertones. This comedian quickly chooses an audience member to assist him later in his tale, in a very quirky manner.
Once Nils Roberts gets started, we get to understand his reasoning for the show by relating the battle to a period in his childhood. This was interesting concept but I felt it did not get explored enough. It often felt like different comedic ideas were shoe-horned in, with explanations rushed. The punchlines were often a bit unclear, leaving the audience thinking this young man is very clever, but a bit dry.
The show ends explaining the symbolism of this tale and it all makes sense, yet it feels like bit of a gloating end. Daniel Nils Roberts: The Causeway is for those wanting to go on a surreal yet educational experience.
When: 14th – 19th February 2017 | 6:50pm
Where: Noodle Palace | Fringe Central | PERTH
Tickets: $21 – $26
Info: Duration 60 minutes | Suitable 15+