Blood Orange is the third collaboration between writer/performer Paul McDermott and guitar/rock/god Glenn Moorhouse.

It’s the culmination of three years of intense study and personal observation. The previous PAUL + 1 shows have been fixated on the implications and reactions to the pandemic (see BACKSTORY below). In 2023, finally freed from the claustrophobia of COVID and its all-invasive presence PAUL + 1 felt able to explore new and powerful territory.

Blood Orange tackles three large conceptual themes facing contemporary society: The fall of Empire, the rise of women, and wanking (not necessarily in that order).

From these broad, but deceptively simple, topics PAUL + 1 has created a sonic hellscape of contemporaneous hilarity. This is a modern work for modern people that has appealed to both young and old.

Daring and dangerous, and willing to dive head-first into topics most other comedians are afraid of touching, PAUL + 1 offers a dark antidote to this nervous, and over-protective era. This is a show that dances madly where other shows fear to tread. It is a carnival ride of the absurd, a feral outpouring of indignant rage at a broken system, and a sweet-voiced assault on hypocrisy, seamlessly executed by a swaggering idiot and his guitar-playing cocaine bear.

“Naughty fun of the highest calibre” The Clothesline ★★★★★

“Laughter is good for the soul and my soul feels really good now” Glam Adelaide ★★★★★

“McDermott’s sharp songwriting shines in this riotous performance” Adelaide Advertiser ★★★★

“He’s lost none of his aggressive charm” Time Out ★★★★