I believe that everyone, and literally everyone, has either happy or harrowing memories of playing improvisation Drama games at school; it’s a rite of passage you must experience to be a well-rounded member of society who can handle the unexpected. So if you are a person who would like to relive those delightful Drama days without actually having to act yourself, and get plenty of laughs and exposure to Fringe artists at the same time, Theatresports: Clash of the Theatre Titans is the show for you!
A family-friendly clever and comedic combination of theatre and stand-up where the audience is actively involved, a number of acts from across the Fringe (on this particular review day being Snake Pit, Baby Wants Candy, Men With Coconuts, and Literally A Perfect Debut) play improv games and create spontaneous scenes (prompted by audience suggestions) in teams to impress the judges (also the audience) and take home the title of ultimate theatre titan! This is a well-conceptualized event, energetically hosted by Simon Taylor, consistently casted with experienced and hilarious improv performers, and deftly musically scored by Adrien Pellerin on piano. Though the show is technically a competitive showcase, it actually sees for a community of artists coming together to support each other’s work, and really that’s what the Fringe is all about.
Theatresports: Clash of the Titans has been a sell-out Fringe favourite for fifteen years now, attesting to its ongoing and no signs of slowing success. This is a show ALL ages, genders, cultures and so on will enjoy endlessly, as the bill of artists changes weekly and no two shows will ever be the same due to this. I recommend this one as a fun Sunday arvo show that will give you a sample of the talent you can see across the Fringe festival in the weeks to come.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Theatresports: Clash of the Titans was reviewed on the 17th of February, and will be performed every Sunday until the 17th of March at Live at Tandanya at 1:45pm. For tickets or further information, click here.
Thumbnail image via Adelaide Fringe website