Felicity Ward: The Iceberg
- Brian Donaldson
- 5 August 2014
This article is from 2014
Strong, entertaining Edinburgh Fringe show on being blind-sided by life when you least need or expect it
Despite the presence of a near month-long chest infection, Australian comic Felicity ‘Flick’ Ward is soldiering on with what will surely prove to be one of the most entertaining stand-up shows on the Fringe this August. Though ‘stand-up’ doesn’t quite cover it by half. Ward wriggles, contorts, sways, jogs, shimmies and even sits down for an hour. She does cough quite a lot, but that’s purely improvised whenever the fancy takes her.
The theme of her show, The Iceberg, is about being blind-sided by life when you least need or expect it: that infection is acting almost like the perfect metaphor. There’s a little bit of politics (her country’s leader, Tony Abbott, gets it square in the neck), some material about cricket fans (she analyses her own compatriots unfavourably to the Barmy Army with their amusing range of tunes) and an awful lot about watermelon hats to the point here she has to apologise for saying the word ‘watermelon’ too many times.
A few sequences threaten to veer the hour into hack (the ‘different ways you can cry’ routine felt like filler), but whenever things derail, Ward drags it right back on track, even unleashing a genuine surprise or two.
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