Fringe Review: The Naked Painters


Presented by Tim Patch
Reviewed 16 February 2018

Tim Patch brings his talents as a naked painter to the Fringe for a full length comedy art show. Under the guise of his alter egos Pricasso and Speedy da Vinci, Patch utilises his body, including buttocks and genitals to paint two portraits over the course of the show, one from imagination and the other of an audience member. The work is underscored with personal comedic tales detailing how he ended in this line of work.

The first half of the show was a fascinating display and explanation of how Patch uses his body for his art. The flamboyant costumes create a commanding presence and continue the colourful theme of the show. Being a small venue it does have an intimate feel to it which seemed to play in Patch’s strengths in his close up story telling.

The overall show itself doesn’t feel ready for a full length stage production. The second half of the show seemed to be a repeat of the first with the gimmicks and intrigue fading in its ability to grab attention. It also involved an audience member on stage for their portrait which created a feeling of sitting in on someone else’s art session. There were also quite a few audio visual issues, with the music’s volume increasing to the point that it was difficult to hear some of the final comedic tales, and the camera set to project the art work in progress was pointed in the wrong direction.

Patch’s art style is impressive but the show felt like it needed some more work to be able to extend it into a longer production with a clearer narrative holding it all together. Patch is performing at various venues over the course of the Fringe, including at Gluttony, Bakehouse Theatre, and Tandanya.

Reviewed by Alex Dunkin
Twitter: @AlexDunkin

Rating out of 5: 2

Venue:  The Bally at Gluttony (for review), also appearing at various other venues
Season:  16 February – 17 March 2018
Duration:  60 mins
Tickets:  $15.00-$20.00


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Alex has been a member of the to Glam Adelaide performing arts review team since June 2013. He is an author, researcher, and reviewer based in Adelaide. To get in touch, follow the Facebook, Website, or Twitter links.

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