Praise for my Grandson...
“Totally plucked represents what is at the heart of fringe shows. Experimental work that blends together established comedy genres and performance styles, which together produce a raw and physically engaging show”
-Glam Adelaide ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“So wonderfully original. love the way he has the confidence and bravery to go to some of those uncomfortable places with Nana. I'll keep thinking but it's a hard show to fault.”
-Mr Sam Fish ❤️❤️❤️❤️3/4
“the glove covering his appendage falls off. We get a little more than we bargained for. Cockadoodledoo.”
The synopsis for this show describes it as “bizarre” — and it’s not wrong.
Simon Wright may be part of a morning children’s TV show on the ABC, but it is probably best to leave the offspring at home for this one.
Wright begins as an old lady, with the usual old lady voice and hunchback and cracks the kind of jokes you’d expect from a loose old woman. It’s tried, but it works.
Then, for no apparent reason, he emerges as a sperm and then transforms into a chicken in a rather large egg. Again — not really sure why.
Up the unicycle he goes to perform some impressive acrobatics with hula hoops — but the glove covering his appendage falls off. We get a little more than we bargained for. Cockadoodledoo.
The highlight is an energetic dance performance on a treadmill that must be far harder than it looks.
It's entirely nonsensical, but entertaining nonetheless.
— Caleb Bond
Simon Wright brings a new sense of comedy and physical theatre to the Bally at Gluttony for his Adelaide Fringe show Totally Plucked.
The guests are welcomed by Wright’s alter ego grandmother character with snacks, walking frame, hunch and all before being led into the venue for the warm up act of bingo, audience participation and the sly sexual humour that this style of character could get away with.
The grandmother character is wiped away for the birthing, in a bizarrely hilarious and visual sense, of the main chicken character. The semi nudity and feathers combined with the circus acts bring a high energy component to the overall show.
In many ways Totally Plucked represents what is at the heart of Fringe shows. The show consisted of a mix of experimental work that blends together established comedy genres and performance styles, which work together to produce a raw and physically engaging show.
Wright is a proficient entertainer and circus performer who successfully worked any minor flaw or broken prop into the show. He adapted swiftly to this and the reactions of the audience, almost instantly falling back on the established character quirks which provided the underlying consistency of the show.
Wright was supported on stage through the supportive and efficient work of the Bally production assistants who bounced off Wright’s charismatic stage presence to create a natural movement through some of the rougher aspects of the show.
Simon Wright might be better known as Zap in Hoopla Doopla, but what he brings in Totally Plucked is a fun show that is definitely for adults only.
Reviewed by Alex Dunkin