The Plains Producer – Jon Bennett: My Dad’s Deaths Review – Adelaide Fringe 2013
You’ll die laughing along with Jon
I ventured to the Adelaide Fringe with 18 friends on Saturday night, to catch up on former Pinery boy Jon Bennett’s comedy show “My Dad’s Deaths”.
The venue referred to as The Tuxedo Cat is situated on North Terrace alongside the old John Martins building. The best way to describe this venue would be minimalist! Pretty much it’s an old warehouse/carpark converted into a popup venue for the Fringe. The bar is set up on a few 44-gallon drums with second hand fridges and used car tyres for seating. The area is then branched off into four small rooms with a bit of Gyprock knocked up to form the intimate performance rooms. So, after a couple of heart starters we were summoned into the show by opening the gate (rolling the 4 gallon drum aside).
We were in for a treat!
Jon Bennett’s show revolves around his father and growing up in a small country community. He is a wonderful storyteller at the top of his game. The one-hour show held the audience spellbound as he worked his way through his life experiences mostly revolving around his father, Ray. In particular, the number of times he thought his father had been killed or seriously wounded. Regardless of whether you know Ray or not, this is an hilarious show. Jon’s enthralling presentation is funny and sometimes poignant, a tongue in cheek tribute to his father and growing up in a small country community.
I rate it four and a half stars and well worth a look!
By Andrew Parker