Adelaide Fringe: Felicity Ward: The Iceberg

6 March 2015 | 9:16 am | Naomi Keyte

"Ward is political without being irritating."

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The first thing you notice about Felicity Ward is that she has a darn strong Aussie accent. Within the opening minutes of her show The Iceberg, you also realise she’s not afraid of swearing.

Ward warned the audience that the show was going to be ‘loose’ and throughout the 60 minutes she confidently strayed from her script, interacting with audience members and spouting stream of conscious hilarities.

As the title might suggest, ‘The Iceberg’ is a metaphor for the way we present ourselves in one way but can often be perceived in another way. She also makes the point that an iceberg is essentially made from water, and water is transparent, so no matter how hard we try to conceal parts of ourselves, they will undoubtedly be uncovered.  

The show, however, is really just a collection of hilarious online dating anecdotes, strange cricket references and a strong pro-feminist argument. Ward laughs at herself at all the right moments, but also hammers home an important message: woman are capable of so much more the ironing.
Ward is political without being irritating and uses her body in a way that makes you sometimes cringe and sometimes grin. The Iceberg ends with a mighty bang, but you’ll have to see it for yourself to know what we mean.

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