James Barr – Thirst Trap: A Review

Bunbury Magazine – 

James wants to find the one at the Fringe this year, and every person in the room could very well BE the one. Upon entry, every audience member is encouraged to touch James’ lucky pineapple before he takes to the stage, welcoming us into his world with extreme likeability and building a great energy in the room.

James’ quest to find love has seen him move from online dating to ‘real life tinder’. inviting all of the men to stand while he ‘swipes’ away the ones he does not want. When he finds the right man, they are invited on stage for a date, in an innovative and charming way of building the audience participation sections in to his show. There comes near the start of the show too, a fantastic analogy between buying avocados and dating, surely striking more than one chord with the millennials in the room.

James’ high levels of energy are kept throughout the show, with the audience riding the wave with him. He is often cheeky and provocative but never crosses the line into pure dirtiness, with lots of great ideas carrying the narrative. He can be shocking and honest at times, which gives a beautiful vulnerability to the performance and his comedy.

Get along and join in with James Barr’s quest for love. You are, after all, cordially invited.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

James Barr – Thirst Trap

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 2150

2nd – 14th August