Ada Campe @ The Stand's New Town Theatre

Ducks, drama and debauchery from an accomplished character comedian

Review by Eve Livingston | 06 Aug 2018
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Ada Campe arrives decked in feathers, tweed and extravagant makeup to a stage set with antique plates and gifts wrapped in glittering scarves. The audience is immediately transported to a classic era of cabaret and variety, and kept there for an hour packed with magic, storytelling and plenty of laughs.

Sold on the promise of a psychic duck, the show is as absurd as it sounds – but Campe’s natural stage presence keeps the audience in the palm of her hand with a twisting narrative of Welsh fairgrounds and mysterious showgirls. This ability to weave a story and control a crowd is when Campe is at her strongest, easily hitting punchlines and responding to the audience with charm. The more set-up gags and tricks, while ultimately satisfying, can at times feel more suited to a simpler and less sumptuous show.

Campe’s charisma comfortably sees her through a successful hour, though, with the audience immediately put at ease and then kept engrossed throughout the surreal tale. The atmosphere evoked is one of a slightly debaucherous variety club compered by a mischievously charming character with many a story to tell – and that’s no bad way to spend an afternoon at the Fringe.

Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck, The Stand's New Town Theatre (Studio), 2-26 Aug (not 14), 2.50pm, £7-9

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