Slow Clap is Vachel Spirason and Stephanie Brotchie.
Their (our) first show 'The Hermitude of Angus, Ecstatic' won Best Comedy and the Brisbane Powerhouse Award at the 2010 Melbourne Fringe and Best Comedy at the 2011 Auckland Fringe. We have toured Angus to Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland, Nelson, London and Edinburgh.
Their (our) new show is called 'Truth', which was Highly Commended for the John Chataway Innovation Award at Adelaide Fringe, Sold Out at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and won Outstanding Comedy at the 2012 Melbourne Fringe. So far we have toured Truth to the SoHo Theatre in London, and Underbelly at the Edinburgh Fringe and in 2013 will be touring to Brisbane and Auckland.
Slow Clap also produce Dr Brown in Australia.
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“I just hope you’re having a really nice day.” This is Angus’ philosophy. And I can assure you, if you see Angus, you certainly will. Never have I been so wonderfully entertained with utter nonsensical genius! The prospect of a one person show can be very daunting, but Vachel Spirason is a truly gifted individual who effortlessly entertains with such energy, perfectly capturing the essence of risk and play integral to clowning.
Utilising the format of a read-along bedtime story as the framework for The Hermitude of Angus, Ecstatic was a brilliant decision by Stephanie Brotchie and Spirason. It not only gave ample opportunity and freedom for Spirason to improvise off the energy of the audience, but cleverly anchored each moment into wonderful journey, which ranged from the bizarre to the beautiful.
Don’t let the fact that it is clowning put you off, if you are unfamiliar to the art form. Don’t expect a disgruntled children’s entertainer trying to make balloon animals. Expect purely to be entertained – this is physical comedy at its best.
It is clear that the music was influential in the devising process, and when Angus dances it’s really infectious. At the end of the show you are told that:
You have two options:
1. You can leave
2. You can dance.
I chose to dance. And I hope you do too.