It would only take mere minutes to completely comprehend that Patrick Collins is a genius performer, and with ‘I’m Not a Mime’ hitting this year’s Comedy Festival with stunning acclaim, those who are yet to experience such genius at work will evidently need to beat the rush.
There are many facets of the show that make it a stand-out masterpiece at this year’s festival: structure, personalisation, presence, excellent sense of timing, wondrous content and style. However, it is the pacing and quality of the show that really drives this performance to the top tier of theatre and comedy.
Framed in an explorative journey, it is unmistakably evident that each decision in ‘I’m Not a Mime’ that is related to timing, transitions, or moments of hilarity have been expertly crafted, honed, and polished to a an extremely high standard – one that is rare for a first time run of a new solo performance. There are no dud jokes, wasted space, awkward transitions, testing of material, or moments of doubt or hedging. Everything is deliberate, or reactive on the spot to the appreciations of the audience. The execution of the show is seamless, surprising in parts, and ultimately grounded and engaging. It is like watching a comedy show on the screen where every edit and consequential transition has been tirelessly worked over for maximum entertainment. But it is live, and it is beautiful to behold.
Patrick Collins is an expert performer and a dedicated and intelligent creator of content and show structure with a huge career in entertainment awaiting them in the future. If you are smart, punctual, and wish to experience the best, you may still be able to procure a ticket for the show before the run ends on Sunday. Do it.
Corey M. Glamuzina is a Melbourne-based actor, writer, improvisor, and comedian with an avid involvement in the art of theatre and film.
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Disclosure: The Plus Ones were invited guests of Patrick Collins.