Review: An Evening With Noel Fielding
Exposed reviews An Evening With Noel Fielding at Sheffield City Hall on 29 October 2014.
Introduced by the beloved Mighty Boosh animation “The Moon” (who was later revealed to have a “dark side”), Noel Fielding swooped on stage adorned in a sequinned cape and accompanied by an armless and legless Lionel Messi. And thus began what turned out to be an absolutely brilliantly bizarre evening. Charming the audience with excitable chatter about old age (he’s in his forties, did you know) Sheffield, Phil Oakey, and his dream about being a teabag, Noel spends the first portion of the show doing a stand-up routine of sorts before he delves into the more surreal and peculiar sketches he is known and loved for.
With guest appearances from Mike Fielding and Tom Meeten playing characters such as Hawkeye, the decision making bird, Antonio Banderas (between jobs), plasticine Joey Ramone and a triangle who has been having an affair with Noel’s wife (played by his brother in a wig), the second half of the show did not disappoint the audience with a unique mix of surrealism, lunacy and magic.
On an adventure to save Noel from his kidnapping into the plasticine world, Sergeant Raymond Boombox (played by Noel) interrogated the crowd and encouraged some of the best audience participation I have ever seen. Dragging audience member, Steve, on stage and into the ‘fantasy land’, he soon becomes the star of the show after he saves Noel from the minotaur, the reverse minotaur and plasticine David Bowie keeping him captive at the heart of a maze.
Including crimps, eccentric home-made costumes, props and animation, An Evening With Noel Fielding was a rollercoaster of fast-paced hilarity, peculiarity and genuinely funny stand-up.