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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Presented by Slow Clap
Reviewed Saturday 25th February 2012
In a case of circular storytelling, a raconteur lost in the woods comes across a naked man running with a mysterious bag. The tale of what happens next spirals through a cavalcade of eccentric characters until it ends where it begins, only now from the other side.
Performer Vachel Spirason has developed this very funny, albeit nonsensical comedy with producer Stephanie Brotchie. Is he a madman chronicling his adventures or an actor showing off his talent? The question is put, but it's up to you to decide.
Vachel interacts with the audience and has a bemusing black gloved arm for an assistant. Central to his antics is a plasma ball, which launches one of many eccentric characters each time it's touched. None of the characters seem related to the main tale, yet each vignette adds to the overall hilarity of the show and allows Spirason's versatility and grasp of accents to really shine. Particular highlights include Rico (Canada's most revered ice skater), Juan Ignacio Manchego de la Mancha Ortega de Luiz (a fiery Spaniard with a long name), and Victor the Stripper – all who display Spirason's fine dancing skills too.
The performance is a bundle of energy and, whether he's telling the story or lap dancing a member of the audience, Spirason is shameless and doesn't falter or flail. He's exhausting to watch and extremely funny for lovers of oddball humour.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis, Performing Arts Critic, Glam Adelaide.
Venue: Yellow Room, The Tuxedo Cat, 199 North Terrace, Adelaide Season: 25 February – 17 March (no Wednesdays) Duration: 60 mins Tickets: $10.00 – $20.00 Bookings: Fringetix 1300-FRINGE (1300-374643), Fringe outlets or online