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Pig Tails at Gluttony, Fri 2 Mar.
[COMEDY/THEATRE – UK]
Following his wife, Denise from Housekeeping, leaving him for yoga instructor Victor, Hotel Sol pool boy Raul is single and ready to mingle. Raul has a faux-French/Spanish accent, dressed in tiny gold shorts and is constantly enthusiastic due to his chemical assistance.
Comforted by his inflatable flamingo and regular German sun-baking patrons (or at least their towels on the best poolside seats), Raul tries his very hardest to keep his hotel guests entertained with various hotel activities, which all seem to go disastrously for Raul. The audience are the hotel guests tonight listening to Raul’s stories and joining in various poolside activities he has planned.
The show is very reliant on the audience being as excited by the audience participation as Raul and tonight the audience took a long time to become active participants. There were some laughs throughout the show, but perhaps more related to the ridiculousness of the situation than impressive one-liners.
There were simple technical changes that could improve the show, especially moving the sound and lighting person away from the side of stage. The Raul character is endearing and might work better as an event emcee due to great audience banter, but I don’t think it will have success as an hour Fringe show.
Raul By The Pool might appeal to some seeking some silly audience participation.
Raul By The Pool continues at Pig Tails at Gluttony and The Piglet at Gluttony, at various times, until Thu 15 Mar.
Book at FringeTIX on 1300 621 255 or adelaidefringe.com.au. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.