Review by Kieran Eaton

Trygve Wakenshaw & Barnie Duncan are two solo performers coming together in a gathering of absurdity. This show explores the mundane nature of work, transcending space and time. Work – the place where things can become so repetitive you can be unaware what you are saying. These physical comedians from New Zealand have made a show that is funny for just being funny.

Trygave Wakenshaw & Barnie Duncan: Different Party is a fly on the wall experience – if the fly was on LSD. There is minimal dialogue, with communication through actions. Wakenshaw & Duncan create a surreal world that is comedy at its purest. The charm is how this high-energy duo work together in bringing this madness to life, keeping the audience constantly entertained by having so many small things happen with great detail. In addition, the duo’s marked size difference add to the comic value.

Both performers have creativity seeping from their brains. Their acts of frivolity flow into so many thoughtful pieces, very much needed to open one’s artistic side to understand some of the symbolism. Wakenshaw and Duncan both play part of an office sales team that take themselves too seriously and this is executed to a tee, bringing forth memories of when we have had to deal with this type of whit- collar goons.

Trygave Wakenshaw & Barrie Duncan: Different Party is a party you should attend more than once.


When: 6th – 11th February 2017 | 8:00pm

Where: Burt Memorial Hall | Cathedral Square | PERTH

Tickets: $19 – $26

Info: Duration 60 minutes | Suitable 15+