FRINGEWORLD 2018: Rory Machell’s Christmas In July (In January) Snowed In Spectacular | 3 stars

Review | Link Harris

Rory Machell’s Christmas in July (In January) Snowed in Spectacular stars, funnily enough, Rory Machell as the main character. Comically stuck in a log cabin which has been snowed in, Machell is trying his utmost to do a “Christmas Special” all the while dealing with the various guests who somehow come knocking on his door during a blizzard. The audience watches on in awe as he attempts to deal with everything and everyone as well as trying to raise a Santa Meter at the behest of one of Santa’s (not so short) Elves for some unknown reason.

Machell’s show is an absolute train wreck from beginning to end, however it’s done in such a way that it feels right at home – like that one uncle who wipes mud-covered boots on your white carpet every holiday season! Machell’s live comedy uses multiple people and props and, as such, the stage is simple and bare aside from a few chairs, speakers and a projector screen. His props are simplistic and the actors’ costumes even more so, which adds a bit of charm to their quirky performances.

There is definitely something to be said for Machell having the balls to jump on stage wearing a gaudy Coca-Cola shirt, rocking out to Limp Bizkit’s song Break Stuff whilst wandering down the aisle shoving chairs, being visibly short of breath, chugging down a coke and punching a fake prop radio. Machelle has definitely gone for slapstick laughs as well as throwing in some blue humour, black humour and quite a few funny visual/sight gags – like the ghost who is wearing an ironic ghost busters T-shirt, a death scene involving a red streamer to portray blood, not to mention the all too frequent use of Coca-Cola bottles and cans as props (which makes you wonder if they were getting paid for every single time it popped up) not including the aforementioned gaudy Coca-Cola shirt.

If you’re up for some silly humour, a bit of swearing, a lot of weird interactions between the cast and you aren’t exactly politically correct then give this show a look however if you’re tastes lie with something classier or you just want something with a little more structure then you’ll have to embrace the strange with this one!

WHEN: 27 – 28 January 2018 | 6:15pm

WHERE: Perth Town Hall | CBD | PERTH

INFO: Tickets $15 | Duration 50 mins | Suitable for mature audiences | WA artist



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