“For a very funny show, you sure do learn a lot about human behavior…!”
by Christine Moffat
Simon Taylor’s new cabaret show Pieces of Mind is an entertaining combination of comedy, psychology and good old-fashioned showbiz mind-reading.
The show’s opening preview evening at The Butterfly Club for the Melbourne Comedy Festival enjoyed a full house, including a group of skeptics that had come along to check out both Taylor’s methods and his success rate. However, by the end of the evening, they were forced to admit he turned out to be 100% accurate!
Taylor’s performance style is a cross between stand-up comedian, psychologist and TV psychic. It’s a strange blend, but it works because Taylor is a charming and warm performer who engages and involves his audience from the very beginning as he explains his concept of putting together pieces of “the mind puzzle” with a little bit of help from us.
Taylor takes us through some basic social psychology such as conformity and lie theory, and breaks the concepts down without making it feel like he is spoon-feeding his audience. Moreover, an unexpected extra level is brought to the show when Taylor sneaks in a surprising subtext of tolerance and the universality of the human condition.
Oh, and did I mention he brings Sigmund Freud to the show?! As Taylor himself says, “I can’t sleep without him…”
If you’re now thinking, “See Pieces of Mind – Simon Taylor will surprise you, and he’ll impress you, and most of all, he’ll make you laugh” – then you read my mind!
Simon Taylor stars in Pieces of Mind for the Melbourne Comedy Festival 2011
Venue: The Butterfly Club, 204 Bank St, South Melbourne
Dates: Tuesday 29 March to Sunday 24 April (no shows Mondays). Previews all 1st week.
Tickets: Full $22, Concession $19, Groups $18 (8+), Previews & Tightarse Tuesdays $15
Times: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Sundays at 8pm; Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 9pm
Duration: 60 minutes approx