Claire Hooper is charming company. She has a nice line in self deprecating humour.
She covered a huge range of subjects, mostly to do with her family. Her husband and two children featured heavily as well as her New Zealand in-laws.
Johnny Fox’s Lounge is a great venue, with a neat stage and a full bar at the back of the room. The crowd was on the small side but they were appreciative and enthusiastic in their response to her narrative.
Hooper ranged from buying chicken nuggets for the car behind her in the Macca’s queue, to voting Green and rescuing a sting ray that had landed itself on the beach. Her brush with Covid mean she was forced to stay away from home which lead to her occupying a cubby house in the garden while her husband and two children were isolated in the family home. She was “an exile in her own home.”
Other topics included joining in a school excursion with years 3 and 4, a recycling dance and her husband’s packed lunches. “He peeled the mandarin!” Hooper recounted conversations she listened to driving four children to fortnightly gymnastic classes to great comic effect. That she held her audience in the palm of her hand for just over an hour is a tribute to her delightful manner and skill.
She is a talented raconteur and a clever mimic.
Perth Fringe World 2023
Venue: Johnny Fox's | 205 James St, Northbridge WA
Dates: 3 – 5 February 2023
Tickets: $35 – $26