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Auckland Fringe 2013
By Emily Taylor
presented by Pretending To Be Awake Productions

at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 4 Mar 2013 to 9 Mar 2013
[1 hr]

Reviewed by Heidi North-Bailey, 5 Mar 2013

Cannonball is a one-woman wonder. Emily Taylor, winner of the Tiki Tour Ready Award at the 2012 Melbourne Fringe Festival, brings us a kaleidoscope of ten characters all connected in some way to the glass tower of the Land Land Shopping centre.

There's David, the revolting C.E.O, whose faux spiritual connection with nature means in practise fetishes with birds. His uptight wife Cornelia, whose only role in life is to keep the house perfect; their daughter Lucy who becomes rendered sleepless with fear when her mother's idea of a bedtime story takes a darker turn. Her evil cabbage patch doll Didi, and their very, very naughty Persian cat, Bernadette.

Not to mention German (or Swiss German?) receptionist Hilda, her youthful daughter Heidi, and poor Miles, the window cleaner who has seen it all, and wishes perhaps he hadn't. Even our old friends, the spicy Mexican Libido and fraught Neuroses make a quick appearance.

While it could be considered easy to ‘play' any of these stereotypes, Green Room Award winner Taylor manages to find the edge that takes them into fully realised and unique characters. This, along with her flawless physical transformations, is what makes the show so compelling. We trust her to take us on this wild ride, because she's just so darn good. She appears to lose herself in the truth of each character, and, with the help of her well-crafted script, creates a sheer believably that, for all the laughs, leaves the audience with a certain amount of pathos.

Taylor is an extremely talented performer, totally in control of her comedic material; it's a delight to behold. It's easy to see why Cannonball took out the Tiki Tour Ready award in Melbourne last year. Go.  
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