Dandyman is the stage persona of 5 star award winning Melbourne performer Daniel Oldaker.
Oldaker, who's influences include Rowan Atkinson, Jerry Lewis, Jacques Tati and Frank Woodley has trained with Phillippe Gaulier (Sascha Baron Cohens mentor) been sought after by Cirque du Soleil and Circus Oz and performed at many of the most highly regarded Festivals and venues around the globe, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Avignon Festival (France), Oeral Festival (Holland), Melbourne International Comedy Festival and at the Sydney Opera House with La Soiree to capacity crowds."
Oldaker is a master of object manipulation." 4 Stars-Herald Sun
Showcasing Oldakers talents as top flight improviser, circus impresario and master of absurdism his latest show takes the audience on a ludicrous roller coaster of breathtakingly brilliant physical comedy. He'll tickle your funny bone while pulling your heart strings and excite un-found laughter bubbles from within.
"Daniel Oldaker maximizes the subtlety of live performance, often using little more than his eyebrows to get huge laughs from the audience" 5 Stars-CBC Manitoba
ADLEAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL 2016
Dandyman enters the stage with an incredibly long cape trailing and with an attitude that is a cross between inbred royalty and Austin Powers, and with all of Mr Bean’s facial expressions, vocalisations and gestures, making the English language unnecessary. Here is a master of buffoonery at work, with a series of bizarre skits, many with understated physical comedy and circus elements completely misappropriated and some might suggest abused to absurdist comic effect.
There is probably good reason why slinky springs are not usually a part of a physical theatre routine – it’s quite hilarious having this demonstrated. Also a series of sound cuts take him to different characters, bringing to light the stereotypes of our culture(s). Dandyman is holding up a mirror to some parts of our society, but rather than using a barrage of words, he is using mime and character. He has all of the quintessential clown qualities – simplicity, honesty, joy, openness and lightness. At one point his cape has turned into a turban and a little string hanging off it has hypnotised him by mistake – priceless!
Be prepared to be involved, while a few volunteers are requested and used along the way, the finale is all-inconclusive and provides a quite refreshing and amusing twist with the artist giving up all of his power for the finale.
Clayton Werner - CLOTHESLINE 4 1/2 STARS
ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL 2016
Tucked away in a small intimate tent on a stormy Adelaide night I had the pleasure of meeting the one and only Dandyman.
Drawing from influences like Rowan Atkinson and Frank Woodley, Daniel Oldaker brings us Dandyman. With barely a word for the whole show, Dandyman masterfully leads the audience from beginning to end. Everything is up for grabs and he uses everything at his disposal to turn the stage into absurdity before flipping everything on its head again and again.
The audience were either busting to get involved and ready to leap on to the stage or refusing to make eye contact terrified of what Dandyman might ask them to do. Some of the crowd were slow to warm to Dandyman but in their defence there really is no telling what’s going to happen next. It can be scary when there’s a chance you will be part of the next spectacle on stage (but really that’s all the more reason to get involved).
The comedy is absurd and a lot of the jokes are pretty uncommon even for physical comedy. It’s certainly worth stretching your comfort zone for and a nice change of pace from the strictly stand up comedy acts.
You can see Dandyman at the Royal Croquet Club everyday for the rest of the fringe.
Sam Talbot - Stories Well Told