FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Eleanor Conway’s Walk of Shame | 3.5 stars

Review | Amanda Lancaster

Larger than life, charismatic and with more energy than the Energizer Bunny, it is easy to see why comedian Eleanor Conway is becoming such a favourite at festivals all around the globe. She offers up her FRINGEWORLD 2018 comedy debut to Perth audiences in the show, Walk of Shame.

For those of you not familiar with the term, a ‘walk of shame’ is exactly as it sounds. It’s that moment of dread when you wake to the realisation of your situation. (Usually having to sneak out of someone’s bedroom after a night of passion.) That regrettably small act that incurs large consequences and even larger feelings of shame when you realise your bad decision has been witnessed by your closest peers or complete strangers. Surely we can all relate to this or at least imagine how a moment like this must feel.

So how the hell do you deal with an entire period of your life being walk of shame? Create a black comedy confessional of course! And hang it out there for all to see. Kudos must be given to Conway for her sheer ballsy ability to lay her life bare in front of complete strangers night after night.

Prepare for a night of the good, the bad and the ugly as Conway regales us with real life antics, anecdotes and absurdities from her life. Drink, drugs, dialing and the downside to how a recovering addict in the modern world make for interesting show material, but somehow how our star makes most of it work.

Unfortunately, there are a few parts that fall flat and feel uncomfortable with audience. Awkward talks and pauses come a few times during the usage of trigger warning subject matter as joke material. Viewers be warned. However, you could not have such an ability to create light and laughter out of such a tumultuous set of events if you hadn’t the courage to face the dark.

WHEN: 27 January – 4 February 2018 | 8:15pm

WHERE: State Library Theatrette | Fringe central | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $21 – $25 | Duration 70 mins | Suitable 18+ | Adult content | Sexual references | COMEDY




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