Back in 2009, Steve Bugeja was an awkward eighteen year old with no social skills and few friends. Tired of his life and looking to reinvent himself, he signed up as a volunteer for Round Lake Camp, an American summer camp, in the hope that he would return to his life in England as a new man. Steve Bugeja: Summer Camp is a comedy set full of hilarious anecdotes from the camp and the wonderful yet bizarre characters he met during this adventure.
Bugeja’s charisma and energy keeps the audience entertained throughout, however, the pace is rather slow, with his jokes taking a long time to set up within the story. However, once the punchline arrives, the audience’s glee was endless.
In addition, he carries with him visual stimulants that help the spectators put a face to the melancholy and hilarity. These props, along with simple sound effects, help set the scene and transport us to the camp. Bugeja brings real heart and genuine likeability to his stand-up that keeps the audience on his side.
Still, this set is not just stories of his camp experience. Bugeja knows how to work the crowd, and responds to audience input with quick, witty jokes, showing off his improvisational skills.
If you are looking for a show that will put you in the mood for summer, and make you laugh out loud at the absurdity of life, then get down to The Tron for Steve Bugeja: Summer Camp.
Words: Miriam Larrainzar
Picture: Edward Moore
Steve Bugeja: Summer Camp, Just the Tonic at The Tron, Aug 3-27 (not 14), 5pm