FRINGEWORLD 2017 – Helen Duff – Come with me (4 Stars)

Review by Kieran Eaton

Walking into the show and straight away seeing a woman dressed as a blue sperm commands all your attention, to this confident but neurotic comedian. Her bright blue jumpsuit is as bright as her personality.

There is lots of weirdness in this show but Helen Duff is aware and prepares the audience for this. Helen Duff – Come With Me, is a psychological journey into getting – or in her case – not getting an orgasm. This idea appears hard to believe as Duff shows confidence in her sexuality and is easy to look at, even dressed as a sperm. However, when she starts talking manically and a bit naively about her sexual experiences you start to understand her dilemma. There is still a relaxed vibe, as Duff delivers this material with loads of fun. Just looking at her face makes you smile, at the way she creates facial expressions in an insane manner.

From the start of the show, Duff gets crowd involvement initiated and with some hesitation – still getting rewarded with her friendliness. This spun-out crowd warms to her quickly, allowing her to get all involved in a final scene with her. As sex is a tabooed subject some crowd members are less helpful to her but she still gets a laugh from all. She bounces around the stage and Duff’s enthusiasm is infectious, the show is carefully built to a grand crescendo.

Duff is an act you want to see again and again – she is a truly comedic performer.


When: 27th January – 2nd February 2017 | 10:00pm

Where: Perth Town Hall | Cathedral Square | PERTH

Tickets: $16 – 23

Info: Duration 55 minutes | Adult content | Recommended 18+