Celia Pacquola: Delayed
A quirksome loveable geekfest
This article is from 2012.
In this, her third solo show at the Fringe, Aussie Celia Pacquola examines whether she has achieved anything in her move to the UK. It’s particularly pertinent as she left behind a long-term boyfriend, and whether they will stay together maintains some level of mild suspense in Delayed’s narrative. But that’s far from all that’s here. As has been noted in previous shows, there’s a wonderful sparky quality to Pacquola that puts her a notch above.
Opening with some ‘ugly’ dance moves, she peppers the show with theatrical waves of her arms and contorted expressions. With equal measures of quirk and geek, Pacquola tells us that when she’s drunk you might find her in a chemist arguing with the ladies on the hair dye boxes or how her body is like a flatmate who’s obsessed with cultivating things in strange areas then winds up with a heart-warming finale featuring a cult celebrity. Celia Pacquola is truly a pleasure to listen to during an hour that doesn’t drop the energy once.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 27 Aug, 7pm, £9.50--£10.50 (£8.50--£9.50).