FRINGEWORLD 2017 – Jurassic Palm (4 Stars)

Review by Kieran Eaton

Jurassic Palm sounds like a holiday with dinosaurs but it’s more about people and the craziness that is the human condition. We explore the mind of creator and star performer, James Palm, who creates a scene-based show with the assistance of some talented comedic actors.

Palm’s world is a bit surreal but we embrace it because it stays consistent throughout. His nature is welcoming, with a smile that hints “I bet you don’t know what’s coming next!” This prepares you for a show where the unknown is embraced and is unpredictable to the end. Palm makes fun of making a festival show by not taking himself too seriously and this works perfectly in keeping the audience relaxed.

When Palm comes on with an Akubra hat on and a Mambo shirt, you know that show is going to have lots of irony. He starts off having to deal with an American lawyer about the similarities of his show to the movie, Jurassic Park. He exclaims that the title is just based on a nick name given to him by his ex-girlfriend. This begins the amazing journey into to Palm’s head, as he tries to explain his mind madness. The light at the end of the tunnel is that the lawyer is vulnerable too and this is exploited to create a well thought-out ending. This story is created with naturally improvised moments handled delightfully.

Jurassic Palm is a wonderful Perth act that should be encouraged to continue with its growing spark of funny.


When: 2nd – 5th February 2017 | 7:30pm

Where: The Game Sports Bar | Northbridge | PERTH

Tickets: $16 – $19

Info: Duration 50 minutes | Suitable 15+ | WA Artist