Stay home and see Dicey online!
Updated: Jun 20
TALLINN – Brighton Fringe – FINAL DAYS!
Attending the theatre in my best PJs with a cheap bottle of supermarket wine and a bowl of popcorn is not how I would have imagined my social life if you'd asked me pre-pandemic but now that I'm here, I have to say it is not all that bad. Especially since some of the most interesting and avant-garde productions are now available streamed directly to my television, including the Brighton Fringe, which for the first time is offering a collection of live events in such science-fiction-esque locations as "Digital Venue" and "Brighton Fringe Streaming".
It's not just the audience who benefits from the virtual access as Brighton Fringe took the opportunity to offer acts from around the world, without the pesky need for travel and accommodation. One such act was streamed live from Estonia, streamed, in fact, from a great little theatre-bar just a fifteen minute walk from my house.
Dan le Man is an Australian stage performer who has worked as a circus clown, a street performer, a comedian and an improv pro and he puts all of these skills to the test in his one-man cabaret show Dicey Online. Instead of a set act performed for the audience to sit back and watch, Dicey Online is dependent on chance and audience participation to make a show that cannot ever be repeated. You are literally witnessing a once-in-a-lifetime act.
The improvisation starts with numbers hastily drawn onto ping pong balls and dropped into a modified water-cooler/leaf-blower device. Each numbered ball corresponds to a different type of performance with INTERMISSION and STOP added in to ensure that no one, not even the performer, knows how or when the night is going to end.
Dan brings huge enthusiasm and energy to the show which makes for non-stop action and a surprising amount of tension as we wait to discover what he will perform for us next.
Each act has an effect on each of those which follow, ensuring a culmination of fun and laughter as the situation escalates out of control. The randomly generated show offers a series of characters with a range of accents and attitudes: one moment serious, the next slapstick.
Dan gives his all to every minute of the show, displaying skills ranging from specialist cocktails to breakdancing to improv song writing. With half an eye always on the chat window, he encourages us to laugh with his predicaments as each ping pong ball is drawn. His absolute commitment to the show makes it feel as if we are all in this together, even though we are spread out around the world.
I don't want to give away the details but I can tell you that I learned a lot, including that Dan wears purple satin underpants.
Brighton Fringe will be featuring two more productions of Dicey Online next Monday and Tuesday at 20:00 UK local time and you can name your own price. The ticket is for a single device but every member of the household is invited to join in on the chat channel and help to direct the show. If you are yearning for a fun night in (that feels like you've been out), then I heartily recommend Dan le Man's Dicey Online.
Dicey Online – 21 and 22 June
For details see the Brighton Fringe!
See more about Dan le Man here!
Post by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
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