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The Earth is Flat

Aleksia Barron

The taller half of This Is Siberian Husky, Simon Godfrey, delivers a fun solo offering in the form of The Earth Is Flat.
The Earth is Flat

Image from www.thisissiberianhusky.com

The hour-long one-man show’s plot centres on Cardinal Zotroid, a Middle Ages cardinal belonging to a religious sect who believe the earth to be flat. After being turned to stone by a rather ocker pope, Zotroid and his assistant Ziggy awaken in the year 2014, and begin plotting to flatten the earth, no matter what it takes. (And yes, it’s a solo show – Godfrey plays all these characters, and many, many more.) There’s not necessarily a deeper meaning to be wrought from a show where a gangly guy in a mustache depicts Clive Palmer riding a tyrannosaurus rex, but with action like that, you don’t really need one.

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The Earth Is Flat is more narrative-driven than most of This Is Siberian Husky’s work, although the duo’s style of humour and the neat trick of tying up running jokes in the dying minutes of the show is still present. Godfrey is a seasoned performer who has no issue with holding the room on his own terms. The show delivers everything from wry chuckles to full, surprised belly laughs, as well as everything in between.

If there’s a quibble to be fashioned out of this, it could be that The Earth Is Flat is so reminiscent of This Is Siberian Husky’s work that it’s a little hard not to miss Godfrey’s usual partner in crime, Dan Allenmann. This doesn’t change the fact that this is a truly funny show, however, and it cements Godfrey as a tour de force of comedic writing.

It also has just about the best joke about equine physics going around, and is worth the price of admission for that alone.  

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars 

The Earth Is Flat
Written and performed by Simon Godfrey

Lithuanian Club, North Melbourne
Melbourne Fringe Festival
www.melbournefringe.com.au
Until 4 October

What the stars mean?
  • Five stars: Exceptional, unforgettable, a must see
  • Four and a half stars: Excellent, definitely worth seeing
  • Four stars: Accomplished and engrossing but not the best of its kind
  • Three and a half stars: Good, clever, well made, but not brilliant
  • Three stars: Solid, enjoyable, but unremarkable or flawed
  • Two and half stars: Neither good nor bad, just adequate
  • Two stars: Not without its moments, but ultimately unsuccessful
  • One star: Awful, to be avoided
  • Zero stars: Genuinely dreadful, bad on every level

About the author

Aleksia is a Perth-grown, Melbourne-transplanted writer and critic who suffers from an incurable addiction to theatre, comedy and screen culture.

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