Rose Matafeo: Horndog
- Craig Angus
- 10 August 2018
Relatable kiwi produces punchy show
A prediction: Rose Matafeo is headed for crossover success, into Netflix series territory or the big screen. The 26-year-old Kiwi's comedy resonates, her charisma is undeniable and, today, once she found her rhythm she had a sold-out audience in the palm of her hand.
Horndog is about the things Matafeo loves most, or so she says. Featuring a soundtrack of Fall Out Boy, Phantom Planet and Keane, we journey through her adolescence, interspersed with feminist-focused stories set in the present day. We're living in a time where comedy and theatre are one, where disciplined adherence to a theme makes the critics giddy. Horndog isn't that show: but it's a high-energy hit of adrenaline nonetheless, delivered by a born performer.
She recalls the age of dial-up internet and hours spent on IMDB forums, and calls out Facebook memories for being like an abusive friend. She mocks herself too, for being in awe of men who can, for example, ride a boat, despite being astonished at the scumbaggery they've proven themselves capable of. Late in the show, her own #MeToo tale comes (as all her material does) with a punchy gag at its core.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug (not 14), 6.20pm, £9–£11 (£8–£10).