Clare Plested: Flock Up (3 stars)

Fast-paced, madcap character comedy

Clare Plested: Flock Up

credit: Bee Photography

Plested succeeds in creating a party atmosphere before the show has even started. As we file in, she's running about the room, ticking off the audience types on a home-made chart on the wall and getting everyone shimmying. She's certainly skilled at providing her own warm-up.

Anyone who has seen this character comedian before will know to expect a fast-paced transformation from one madcap creation to another. To cover up the costume changes, there's a video in which a further character, #KellyZee, creates more and more ludicrous bogus charity hashtags.

The first couple of skits, however, are somewhat disappointing: the short order cook obsessed with grilling sausages is too drawn out and the crazed juicer sketch has a fine ending but is also a touch too long. Plested's magic is more evident in the next three characters: unhinged store detective Missy Marple who is haunted by the detective success of her aunt Jane, an embittered Rapunzel children's entertainer who inadvertently flags up gender double standards, and a very pissed woman simply looking for her mate Debs. Overall, a lot of fun.

Free Fringe @ Ciao Roma, until 27 Aug, 5.50pm, free.

Clare Plested: Flock Up

  • 3 stars

Clare Plested /Something for the Weekend / PBH's Free Fringe Flock Up: def. (collective noun) people who make a tit of themselves. Join Clare Plested in the hide as she observes five flock ups in their natural habitat. Binoculars provided, egg stealers will be prosecuted, twitchers welcome. Character comedy from a…


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