​​Abigoliah Schamaun: Namaste, Bitches

Filling the void with drugs, diets and Ultimate Frisbee

​​Abigoliah Schamaun: Namaste, Bitches

Having seen Abigoliah Schamaun perform a five star show at the Fringe in 2015 I was looking forward to seeing her again especially doing a show called Namaste, Bitches. The show started with a quick aerobics session (yes, seriously). To get up on stage and perform for an hour after doing squats and burpees is a sweaty but impressive feat. Working hard from the off, Schamaun got everyone up off their seats, ensuring every member of the audience were awake and engaged, which felt like a good thing during some of the less interesting moments.

Taking us through her journey to seek enlightenment, (whatever that is) she spoke about the empty chasm inside of her left by dream-crushing vocal nodules. The majority of the show was funny to some extent and felt effortlessly so, with humour that somehow manages to be absurd and surreal yet funny and relatable all at once.

Schamaun's major talent lies in her retelling of stories, done in such a way to create vivid mental depictions of everyone and everything mentioned which further helped to draw in the audience and maintain her as the focus of their attention. Recounting her time at a cultish Bikram Yoga retreat or the pain of Crossfit competitions we learn the extent to which she is willing to go to find fulfilment and just how counterproductive they are.

Quickly countering the fitness-fanatic image she conjures for us all to enjoy with the mention of some Class A stimulants she flits from funny to flat and back again at an alarming rate. Sensing the lull from audience she falls back on material relating to her American roots, un-passionately failing to make progress with the performance.

Abigoliah Schamaun: Namaste, Bitches was an overall entertaining show performed by a brilliant comedian but it just didn't come together on the night. Between the lack-lustre content and arrhythmic delivery there wasn't enough to it to be successful.


For tickets and further information visit the Fringe website.

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Sally Trivett

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Sally's interests lie very much within the visual arts and communication. Straddling multiple art forms, including writing, sculpture and film, her work focuses on concept, provoking thought and challenging societal norms.

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