FRINGEWORLD 2017 – Marco? Polo! (3.5 Stars)

Review by Kieran Eaton

A young Australian – blind-folded, in swimwear is not a common sight. With whimsical charm, Laura Davis makes this work in this exploration of intimacy.

Insight into your own voice is needed to make this work and she achieves this masterfully. Davis divulges intimate stories of her recent life when she realised she was suffering from Depression. She jokes that her medication his changing her humour but she still displays a keen eye to observe the dark side of life. Her ideas spring out of an evolving jokester who is still figuring out her identity. There is enough spunk in this twenty-something to think that she wants to keep building upon her craft to be an act that stands out. Based on the audience reception it appears she is well on her way.

Davis starts off slowly by climbing down a ladder and this shows her symbolisation of vulnerability. She then admits she could bump into you so she creates ground rules for the audience but they’re not the most serious: one is not to crunch chips while she is performing! When Davis opens with an observational gag about maple syrup having small handles it’s easy to wonder where is she going? With the warm vibe from the audience she guides us through her reasoning for the show, going back to a time when she had a boyfriend and things were happier but a break up led her to seeing the world differently. Davis ends with a Q & A and has a couple audience members introduce themselves because she wants you to know her strength in character – and her ultimate goal is to be more comfortable around people.

Marco? Polo! sets Davis, blindfold and all, on the track to her achieving her goals!


When: 14th – 18th February 2017 | 9:30pm

Where: The Blue Room Theatre | Fringe Central | PERTH

Tickets: $23 – $28

Info: Duration 60 minutes | Suitable 15+