Adelaide Fringe 2019: Paul Foot ‘Image Conscious’

Review by Olivia De Zilva

Where: The Factory at The Garden of Unearthly Delights

When: 13–17th of March

Cost: $27–$35

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Paul Foot is image conscious for the 2019 Adelaide Fringe. Image via. Adelaide Fringe

Paul Foot puts his foot in it in his new show Image Conscious at this year’s Adelaide Fringe.

Bombastic, outrageous and unashamedly British, Foot’s new show explores issues around Prince Harry and The Royal Family, orgies with 1980s snooker legends and the Falklands War.

Weaved together with Foot’s manic energy and outlandish stage presence, Image Conscious is an hour of in-your-face banter with your favourite weird uncle at the family BBQ.

Foot’s forays into surrealism has been the guiding force of his decade plus successful career in comedy. Considering this, Foot is not afraid to push the boundaries of good taste and explores taboo subjects with a crass, yet strangely charming sense of humour. Yelling from the rooftops (and in audience members’ faces) about the construction of an orgy with a 53-year old woman and cucumber dildos, Foot’s imagery can be a little hard to handle at times. However, he makes up for it in his quieter moments of the show, reflecting on fatherhood and inhibiting the mind and behaviour of a weaning platypus in captivity.

Image Conscious is a stand-out stand-up for any lovers of the surreal or strange. Containing some biting social commentary and flustered moments of self-realisation, this show shouldn’t be missed for all lovers of Foot and his niche brand of comedy.

Image Conscious plays at The Garden of Unearthly Delights from the 14–17th of March.

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