You’ll come up smiling after diving deep down into the mind of this rising star of comedy
If Laura Davis' hypothetical children ever express interest in getting a pet, she’ll get them not one, but ten thousand hermit crabs. The reason? The tiny crustaceans were made to live huddled together in their thousands; the only reason we adopt one at a time is because we’re unwilling to open our hearts to its entire family.
“Marco?” Davis asks – (a brief pause follows) – “Polo” the audience responds. It’s this pause, this uncertainty of whether we’re really connecting with the people around us, that the Perth-raised, Melbourne-based comedian seeks to explore in the Moosehead-backed follow-up to her Golden Gibbo Award-winning 2015 show, Ghost Machine.
Standing in little more than a bathing suit and flanked by a ladder and a blow-up flamingo, Davis has to call out to the audience because she’s wearing a blindfold. Through her hour-long show, she shares observations and stories which range from the whimsical (hermit crabs) to the weighty (wondering whether her potential rapist was more of a feminist than she was). Punctuating her stories by imploring the people in her stories to “get in the pool and play with me!” and adjusting her levels using the ladder keeps energy in the little room high. It’s not long before the entire audience is more than willing to play, and it’s at this moment when she begins interacting with audience members, attempting to find things – opinions, hopes, hobbies – that their fellow festival-goers might relate to.
This is when the real magic begins; Davis flexes her improv muscles and comfortably lets things loosen up before bringing things home with genuine heart. Towards the end, Davis may back out of her feigned backwards-falling trust exercise, but there’s a strong feeling that should she have proceeded in earnest, there would have been a room full of arms to catch her. Last year, Davis earned her status as a cult favourite; this year shows why she won’t remain an underground name for much longer.
|Venue name:||Fort Delta Gallery||Contact:|
Shop 59, Capitol Arcade
113 Swanston Street
|Opening hours:||Tues-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat noon-5pm|
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