Tom Walker: Honk Honk Honk Honk Honk
- Marissa Burgess
- 17 August 2018
This article is from 2018.
Quality clowning and impressive coding skills make for innovative hour
This is either a slow nervous breakdown or a Fringe show, but whichever it happens to be, Tom Walker's new show is funny and inventive, making it a win-win. Don't be fooled by the regularity of Honks in the title, the Aussie behind it has a twisted and innovative imagination.
Walker realises his idea with meticulous clowning skills. And he wields his coding ability to create his own video games, from a hippy version of Street Fighter to the censorship of a baboon. Much of the content seems to be all those ludicrous ideas that pop into your head at random moments in the day that most of us would immediately dismiss, yet Walker has fashioned them into a show. The result is gloriously silly and off the wall.
Though ending on a warm note, things take a turn for the darker and more risqué at the point in the show where it starts to pick up speed. Overall, the hour would benefit from employing both elements earlier, even though that would risk losing parts of the lovely homespun qualities. If the beginning of the show was as tight as the end this would be a work of genius.
Underbelly Bristo Square, until 26 Aug, 7.45pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).