Some Lovely Things People Said About My Show


“…Patrick took over (with a dramatically choreographed entrance) to deliver a full show, structured around the occasional reading of some of Aesop’s fables. Each of the short tales was embellished with Pat’s act-outs, questioning the motivations of the characters and the sanity of Aesop’s conclusions.

Interspersed between the readings, were stories of his childhood, the surreal pranks played upon him by his parents, and the gradual evolution of a brand new fable. The new fable was built upon suggestions thrown in by the audience, and was illustrated by rapidly-created cartoon characters, drawn on a nearby easel.

Pat has found some strong (and absurd) material to work with in Aesop, and he made good use of it. The result is an amusing mix between stand-up and Mr Squiggle telling improvised bible-stories. Even while talking about “poo” or interacting with the crowd, he doesn’t drop into vulgarity, insult or meanness; I hope he can find an earlier time-slot for future shows.

My recommendation: build a time-machine, and go back to last week to see the show. Then go back another 2500 years, find Aesop, and ask him what heck he was thinking.

Failing that, keep an eye on Pat for whenever his next Australian show might be,”

Julian Orbach, The Sydney Fringe Blog

“In his first ever one-man show, Patrick Magee lampoons history’s greatest fable-man, Aesop, in what is a glorious hour of zoological humor. Magee is no stranger to the stage, appearing in two highly acclaimed Sydney Comedy festival shows with rising comedian Michael Hing in Hing & Magee: Illustrious Magicians of Romance (2010) and Hing & Magee: Orientalism (2011).

Charming and self-deprecating, but with a laser sharp wit, Magee breaks down Aesop’s ancient fables, brings in some of his own familial stories, and even freestyles a fable (drawings and all) with the help of the audience. While much of Aesop’s work is obviously outdated and sometimes absurdly translated, Magee brings a refreshing comedic look at the fables with act outs, witticisms, and observations that are as spontaneous as they are hilarious.
Perhaps a little over apologetic at times with opening night jitters creeping in at moments, however the audience on the night was clearly behind Magee. A remarkable first solo effort, you can’t help walking out feeling a little elated after seeing Do Not Trust The Following Animals. It’s a shame to think we are losing such a promising young comedian to England where Magee will no doubt create an audience for himself,”
Damien Higginbotham, AussieTheatre.com
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