Penny Greenhalgh may not have gotten her arena spectactular (yet), but with her latest,
Pop Pop, she still manages to put on a hell of a show. Tucked away in the Forum Theatre’s Pizza Room (no really – it even has the ovens in the corner) she manages to delight, dazzle and entertain her intimate audiences, dragging every single member along on her wild ride. And you need to let yourself be dragged – audience participation is half the fun, and those with stage fright should be warned that in this show there is nowhere to hide.
It’s definitely worth it though – in less than 60 minutes Penny Greenhalgh (don’t worry, she’ll tell you how to pronounce it) throws up a mind-boggling combination of improv, Shakespeare, slapstick, stand up, ice dancing and a better version of 50 Shades than you’d ever have thought possible, and somehow manages to keep the whole thing in the air for the full hour.
The success of this soaring hot mess of theatre is due in no small part to Penny’s manic energy and her knack for crowd involvement – she wastes no time in putting everyone, particularly the male audience members, through their paces – not to mention her beautiful comic timing and her infectious grin. The show is not for the faint of heart though – a few of her stunts get genuinely hair-raising, and while the audience members are (relatively) safe one can never be completely certain that Penny herself is going to make it through unscathed.
She has so far, though, and she’s only got 18 more shows left to survive. Get down to the Forum to see her before the 19th of April, because while Penny may not have gotten her arena spectacular this time around, with an act like this it’s only a matter of time.
Penny Greenhalgh’s show Pop Pop is on at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015 until 19th April at the Forum Theatre. Tickets are $15-20 and you can get them at the door or online.