Review by Laura Money
Surreal and whimsically wonderful, British comedian Joey Page opens his show by pretending to ski on homemade cardboard skis, wearing his sister’s track-suit and listening to Joy Division. Because it is written in the guide. Page is a maverick – he opens with a surreal piece that is funny but completely unrelated to the show. In the tradition of Noel Fielding, Page’s hand-made cardboard skis aren’t even equal in length, a fact he is happy to relate as he explains the reason he opens his show in such a way.
Page strips off into a hipster suit and declares that he often can’t tell the difference between hipsters and the French. This leads to a hilarious segment entitled ‘Hipster or French’ in which the audience must guess which category Page’s texta drawings fall into. This is a fun show – it has a rough and ready feel to it with the posters, cardboard walkie-talkies, discount shop props, and paint-style projection images. It’s not dissimilar to living in a university student share-house – everything is unapologetically crude yet well made, considering the materials.
It’s his quirky charm that washes over the silliness with a quick wit and obvious intelligence. It is smart comedy – from his puppetry of ‘arrogant Kanye West’ to the ‘can game’ Page never misses a beat. It’s his re-enactments that really crack me up – a three way conversation involving two police officers and a lady where Page develops a lean to distinguish himself from the other policeman, and using different cardboard walkie-talkies to indicate different characters instead of just changing voices. These little extras take his comedy from grinning to laugh-out-loud.
Page is the cheeky master of the alternative – he involves his audience (including one lucky crowd-member being treated to a foam party), and his reluctant girlfriend and this enhances everything he does. Joey Page is definitely one to keep your eye out for – a genuine master of his craft.
When: 7th – 19th February 2017 | 7:30pm
Where: Noodle Palace | Fringe Central | PERTH
Tickets: $19 – $26
Info: Duration 60 minutes | Suitable 15+
About Laura Money
Is an avid theatre goer, reader, art gallery guide and museum enthusiast. She enjoys all aspects of theatre, from the deep and meaningful to the whimsical and kitsch. As lover of all things in the world of humanities, she is very proud of the vibrant art scene in Perth. It truly is an exciting place to be!
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