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Published March 7, 2020

Ah yes, an excellent blend of satirising wellness gurus with sex jokes – most definitely an excellent
evening out. Personally, I think this show should be mandatory watching for all corporate types who
watch inspirational wafflers who sell empty dreams, or the vapid and empty “influencers” whose
pettiness is only eclipsed by their emptiness – this show pulls no punches when lampooning this
style of the individual. The concepts explored – embodied in the bizarre hippie-esque “Truru”
(performed by Trudi Ranik) – ranged from the farcical to basically toilet humour, but all kept within
a strong narrative that managed to keep the attention and generate laughter from a relatively packed
Butterfly Club.

And what the hey – it was something fun and funny, something which is often missing in satirical
works, which can often veer too much into bitter and biting territory whilst draining joy from the
room. Going Down: How To Stay On Top When You Are Getting Sucked Below is enjoyable and light-
hearted. Ranik does an excellent Truru, who is both narcissistic and hippie-like. She was able to
channel everything from voice through to movements and kept the narrative flowing whilst making
it seem like a perfectly normal part of a presentation. Perhaps she could consider a career in book-
selling if she ever moves on from comedy – she certainly has a knack for presenting effectively, and
making it all ridiculous at the same time?

As always, it was not perfect. There were times when the delivery felt more forced than natural, very
much a reflection of nerves (perfectly understandable), and which subsequent shows will most likely
remove. The problem with reliance on technology was also a minor factor here – whilst it could be
swung that some of the less-than-smooth transitions between scenes on the visual projector was
part of satirising the uber-Schmick Influence schtick that goes around, there were times when the
manual process of the show lagged just perceptively enough to lessen the impact. Some of the pre-
recorded sounds were also areas to improve upon.

But this is certainly a show that I would recommend for a fun and satirising look at the modern
phenomenon of inspirational speakers (who would have been called sophists in historical times) and
influencers. A strong show that was funny and biting, which certainly reflects well on the writers and
performers involved.

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