Kate Herbert is theatre reviewer, Herald Sun, Melbourne & formerly for Melbourne Times. Kate is a director & produced playwright (20 plays). Scripts published by Currency Press. She worked as an actor, comedian, improviser & teacher of Acting, Improvisation & Playwriting. Kate is currently Convenor of Professional Writing & Editing, Swinburne University. Read her reviews here or at: www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/arts. NB Explorer Browser doesn't always work on blog.
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Sara Pascoe VS The Truth, April 9, 2014 ****
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Melbourne Town Hall until April 20, 2014 Star
Full review also online in Herald Sun. KH
Nietzschian Nihilism wrapped in a charmingly kooky package
comic Sara Pascoe is relaxed, charming and unassuming while she totally upends
our belief in reality with her hilariously twisted philosophy.
is casually dressed in jeans and a T-shirt that declares, “There are no facts,
only interpretations,” a quote from Nihilist philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche,
that provides the bizarre basis of all that follows.
doesn’t do self-deprecating comedy but, instead, uses her weird, convoluted
logic to sneak up on us with unexpected twists and tag lines.
her easygoing, laconic and kooky style, Pascoe’s material is thought provoking as
she tells serious stories about personal or social issues – feminism, burkas,
elder-abuse, feeling unloved, phobias, pornography – then flips them with an
fears are manifold and wide-ranging and she gets plenty of comic mileage from
her spider phobia and her paranoia that she is being watched.
of her topics are cheerfully accessible including hairdressers, search engines,
alcohol, cats, a hilarious solution to page 3 girlie photos, and her obsession
with Andie MacDowell.
she challenges us with issues such as nursing homes, faith, suffering and
identity, provides a fascinating, political perspective on bestseller, Fifty
Shades of Grey, and creates a cunning metaphor about choosing partners being like
a train ride.
is a master of reincorporation, leaps of logic and absurd arguments that
support impossible ideas, and her show is a gift that is riddled with twisted