Friday 27 September 2019

Mime Consultant - Melbourne Fringe Festival review

Every now and again you see a show where you think you know what you’re getting yourself into but end up with something completely unexpected and far better than anything you could have imagined. Patrick Collins’ Mime Consultant is that show. Adding mime to his repertoire of comedian, magician and bisexual, he delivers an unforgettable hour of non-stop laughter as he helps people achieve their mime dreams.

It’s evident that Collins has worked on each second of this show that then allows him the to be in complete control on the stage. His dissection of his material from all angles ensures that no joke is left unturned and as a result they are a source of constant entertainment. There is not a single flat moment or a punchline that doesn’t land. With a seemingly loose format, you’re constantly surprised with every sketch performed and then amazed with where that leads.

His karaoke act is everything you don’t expect from karaoke and his strawberry pun is a hysterical look at peaking too soon and the decline of his relationship. His attempt at writing a romance novel is pure magic and the set-up to his epic bowling competition fail results in epic hilarity for us.

Even with sketches that don’t run long, Collins creates vivid worlds with his body language, “props” and his character work. Regardless of what is being presented to us, he remains within the reality of that world the entire time. The scene where he interacts with a group of children is especially memorable as is his eagerness to share some personal information with someone he just meets.

Collins might be a comedian, magician, bisexual and a mime but he’s definitely not spreading himself thin. Mime Consultant shows a performer at the top of his game who has taken this traditionally silent art form and turned it (and comedy) into a truly unique experiences for audiences. This is a show you absolutely don't want to miss.


Venue: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne
Season: until 29 September | 10.00pm
Duration: 60 minutes

Tickets: $35 Full | $31 Conc
Bookings: Melbourne Fringe Festival

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