Bookworms unite,put down your reading material and venture out to the Adelaide Fringe Festival in a show designed for you. Presented by George Dimarelos it comes off a successful season at the Edinburgh Fringe and around Australia. Dimarelos is clearly a bibliophile and brings all sorts of references, some obscure, and nerdy book quizzes with bookmarks as prizes. How appropriate! He compares this show and adds his own comic touches and energy in between a revolving cast of comedians.
On our night we had Adelaide born Aidan “Taco” Jones whose skit revolved around his favourite book 1984 by George Orwell and his romantic entanglements. This was followed by another ex-Adelaidean comedian Lewis Garnham. Who to his horror had his year 12 English teacher in the audience! Talk about half a degree of separation. His first joke on eco cigarettes was a bit flat as he tried to milk it too much but his second skit was highly creative with perfect delivery. However if you want to be pedantic there really was not a book reference to be seen with his act. Both these comedians have other shows at the fringe.
There is lots of audience interaction with discussion around favourite books and a bit of gentle heckling between the performers and the audience. Even if you are not a book lover or prefer the lowbrow rather than highbrow literature there is something for everyone. I managed to walk away with a few must read books on my list from the audience recommendations.
Showing at The Cafe Outside the Square on 34 Whitmore Square until 4th March 2020
Review by Tania Jezukatis