Adelaide Fringe 2012
Surrender your sanity, as Squidboy takes you on an awesome, and very funny, journey of imagination.
Squidboy is a one-man show, written and performed by Trygve Wakenshaw, and it is currently on at the delightful Holden Street Theatres. Sadly for Squidboy, on the night that I attended there were only two other people in the audience, but in spite of this Wakenshaw managed to create a magical, crazy adventure that was a joy to be a part of.
Sound a little insane? Well it is, but it is also laugh-out-loud funny as the show combines elements of mime with excellent physical comedy. Wakenshaw’s highly animated facial expressions are hilarious, and he also generates a huge array of sound effects that really serve to connect the audience with the performance.
The script is highly original and moments of ‘contemporary dance’ at the beginning of the performance have all three of us giggling. The gangly, bearded Wakenshaw gives a very believable performance with an unwavering commitment to the concept.
The show could also be for a younger audience, from six years old and up, but it was great to relish the opportunity to let my wide-eyed inner child out of the box for the evening. Squidboy is a playful romp that truly explores the concept and power of imagination in an enchanting way. If you’re looking for something a little different, then head out to Holden Street Theatres in support of this very talented performer and his charming alter ego, Squidboy.