Basketball Man, aka Rashaun Daniels is a former member of the extremely popular 360 All-stars crew which has been thrilling audiences to rave reviews for the past few Fringe seasons. In his second year performing a solo show called I am Basketball Man, Daniels candidly tells us about his life on the streets as a busker.
There are some extremely skilful basketball elements and funny moments in this show, but there are some poignant, thought-provoking instants as well. For my kids, aged eight and eleven years old, they both appreciated getting to know Basketball Man in more intimate surrounds away from the flashy lights and large crowds of the All-stars shows or when we’ve seen Basketball Man busking in Rundle Mall. The venue itself, up some stairs off Grote Street was a long way from the Fringe triangle in the East End, so may not have been too attractive to many punters.
This was unfortunate for Daniels, drawing a very small audience on a stifling-hot Friday evening. The venue itself, being a bar, was not the environment in which I’d usually associate a children’s or family show, but I’m not too sure whether Daniels was entirely aiming to attract this younger generation for his delivery or stories.
I’ve seen Daniels at his best during his busking sessions in Rundle Mall, drawing a massive crowd with some spectacular ball work and comedic timing. Stifled by a low ceiling, extreme heat and a little too much audience commentary from the front row, it may not have been the best performance from the Basketball Man. Some further thought about venue staging and his appeal to certain audience demographics will do wonders for this very likeable, interesting, funny and talented guy. Basketball Man deserves the acclaim and patronage that the larger shows attract and I wish him all the very best in achieving this in future Fringe seasons.
Fringe Review By Kim Burley
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