/* Rate It icons */ /* Emojis */

Reviews

28 Nov 2019

Raw, intimate stand-up with a difference

Packed into the Powerhouse's intimate Graffiti Room, I didn't know quite what to expect from Rasa, which described itself as using a "secret Indian performance technique". Totally intrigued from the start, Rasa did not disappoint in what turned out to be a delightful one-hour titter-fest. Ashwin warmed to...

Packed into the Powerhouse’s intimate Graffiti Room, I didn’t know quite what to expect from Rasa, which described itself as using a “secret Indian performance technique”.

Totally intrigued from the start, Rasa did not disappoint in what turned out to be a delightful one-hour titter-fest. Ashwin warmed to his small audience with ease, making us feel instantly relaxed in his comedic hands – not an easy task in a small house!

Ashwin plays the lovably ‘adorkable’ comedian, making him feel instantly like a good mate rather than a polished stand-up – this style may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed experiencing a real, vulnerable person rather than a flashy comic (There are enough of those).

Ashwin brought us into his world, allowing us to experience elements of his culture, as his explored a wide range of human emotions.

The show itself was a cross between theatre and comedy.

His improvisation and audience banter was on-point, I have no doubt every show will offer something totally unique, inspired by the audience.

Overall, a great one to catch this Wonderland fest.

Read more

28 Nov 2019

The laughs are going to get louder for RASA

Thursday night comedy at the Powerhouse, what could be better? ‘Head over to the Graffiti Room,’ the wonderful attendant at the box office said. Great. Last time I was in that intimate room I lasted one minute in an interpretive drama tutorial, shoes off at the door and...

Thursday night comedy at the Powerhouse, what could be better?

‘Head over to the Graffiti Room,’ the wonderful attendant at the box office said.

Great.

Last time I was in that intimate room I lasted one minute in an interpretive drama tutorial, shoes off at the door and everything.

Hopefully, tonight would not be a repeat of that previous disaster.

Heart hammering, I reluctantly hobbled toward the doors.

Yes!

Not a shoe in sight and there were seats.

I forwarded in and sat down close to the back.

On stage there was a microphone and a collection of colourful props.

The lights dimmed and out came Ashwin Segkar to debut his theatrical comedy RASA.

In his opening, he stated that he was going to be picking two people at random to stand up and present a story to the audience.

Gulp!

I shifted my body and feet facing the closest exit, ready to flee from this room once again.

In my honest opinion, my initial feelings about Segkar’s show were misguided.

RASA is a thoughtful and hilarious act.

Segkar’s humour is warm and friendly, even when at times it may have crossed the line.

However, during those moments I was hunched over, silently laughing into my hand because of his brilliance.

I was entertained by his storytelling as we moved through the primal emotions including compassion, wonder and fury.

I was particularly amused when Segkar ate a banana covered in tomato sauce and toothpaste and when he brought out his scrapbook and reflected on religion and his younger years.

In other moments I was captivated by his profoundly relevant reflections and heartfelt messages.

Segkar’s star will only shine brighter.

RASA was a great debut certain to gain further appeal as it becomes more polished.

Read more

Summary

Return to Reviews

RASA

28 Nov-1 Dec 2019

Graffiti Room Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm

Comedian Ashwin Segkar debuts his theatrical comedy based on a secret Indian performance technique called ‘Rasa’, a feeling that is vivid and strong in each audience member.

Using the artistic tools of our time and place, Rasa takes you on a hilarious swirl of emotions by combining comedy, sound and storytelling.