A DEGREE of ennui could be expected at a third viewing of Fringe World La Soiree show in as many years.
But here I was holding my breath and squirming in painful empathy as Captain Frodo dislocated various joints to squeeze his body through increasingly small tennis racquets.
When he fell off stage in a tangled heap, I once again wanted to rush over to pick him up. But like the rubber man he is, he bounced back unaided.
Did I blush at newbie comedy/magician couple Marc and Svetlana, aka Vegas’s Daredevil Chicken, and the almost magical appearance of a bloke’s dangly bits? You bet.
I squirmed even more as magic stripper Ursula Martinez’s managed to pull a red hanky from—well I’ll leave that to your imagination.
One half of acrobatic/strength act the English Gents, Hamish McCann, had all the broody charisma of James Bond in a sexy pole act that appeared to defy gravity.
Scotty the Blue Bunny was high camp comedy, a sort of blue-glue appearing between acts.
The audience was left gasping as the night ended with skating duo Leo Zeferino Micaelo and Ursula Nunez.
Their skates hit G-force while spinning on top of a small raised platform, as they performed seemingly impossible feats.
At one point, Ursula was almost above the audience as she was swung around with just a strap attached to Leo’s neck.
As she composed herself her expression left no doubt about the skill needed or the danger she had faced.
But like the talented trouper she is, it was only a brief second before the pair were back to their dazzling best.
Direct from London’s West End, La Soiree has been wowing Perth audiences for three years, and there were familiar faces in the audience from previous festivals, including former Fremantle federal MP Melissa Parke, and husband Warwick Hemsley.
Proving a Liberal MP can have a sense of humour, planning minister John Day was also there – sniggering and guffawing.
La Soiree is on at Cathedral Square until February 26.
by JENNY D’ANGER