FRINGE 2015: Puddles Pity Party – Garden of Unearthly Delights: Le Cascadeur – 5K

Puddles enters the stage with his baggage – both physically and metaphorically – and produces an hour of entertainment that is a magnificent blend of sorrow and joy. His voice is powerful, beautiful and mesmerising and the songs he performs have been chosen well, displaying his impressive vocal range and engaging the audience.

They are easily recognisable, a nice mix of classics and current tunes, and his treatments of them vary from haunting through to darkly comical. His physicality adds to the amusement and the accompanying videos help to create the atmosphere of cathartic heartache. Be warned that you may find yourself actually enjoying a Celine Dion song.

In the audience, there is nowhere to hide, as random attendees get pulled into the show. There is no malice in this; there is a positive yet understated energy throughout and Puddles shows his appreciation when those chosen get into the spirit of things. Even if you’re not one of the lucky few singled out, there is ample opportunity for audience participation and when everyone joins in cheerfully, supportively and uninhibited, the energy is fantastic.

Puddles’ has quite a YouTube following, having racked up millions of views on some of his videos. However, you could really only understand the true elegance and stage-presence of this clown by seeing him perform live.

Kryztoff Rating: 5K

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