Reviewer/Writer based in Melbourne. Keen interest in theatre, cabaret, circus, dance and any other form of performing arts.
Also a film, TV, fashion and art enthusiast.
Lived in Kyoto (04-06) and London (08-10).
Enjoy a good boardgame session with a nice glass of gin.
From the opening act of the 2015 Melbourne
Fringe Festival late-night variety show, Dirrty,
it is very clear that this is not going to be a regular type of variety show.
To say anymore about what transpires would be to ruin the surprise that show
curator Elena Gabrielle has planned. The night itself, involves a variety of
performance artists invited by Gabrielle to celebrate all things sex and taboo
in their own unique way.
The condoms and lube are freely available and there is a lot of flesh – both male and female – on display. There are songs about the joys of protected sex and the answer to where exactly JonBenét Ramsey has been is revealed. It is indeed, a hedonistic night for all.
Gabrielle is unashamedly the heart, blood and
tears (and possible other bodily functions) of this sexy show. All her acts are
playful, engaging to watch and most importantly, fun. Her own spins on “All
That Jazz” and “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend”, showcases her range of
talents, including her impressive singing and her brilliant sense of humour. Gabrielle
could front this show solely based on her own acts and it would be a standout
for this festival.
However, this is promoted as a variety show and as such, the
success of a production like this is based on its guest artists - and unfortunately on
this night, I didn't feel the other performances were as captivating or
exciting to watch as Gabrielle's. They were all nicely aligned with the
"dirrty” theme for the evening and pushing the boundaries of
"conservatism", but apart from the admirable Ladybird Blue, the other artists didn’t have the
pulling power to drawn us in.
If you can handle the 11.30pm time slot, Dirrty is worth a look, if only to
see Gabrielle strut her stuff. This is definitely a show where you can leave
you inhibitions at the door and if you don’t, Gabrielle and guests will make
sure they take them off you instead.