The Jade, Mon 26 Feb.
[COMEDY/THEATRE – SA]
Deviant Women is first rate, fun, fabulous and flirty Fringe. Alicia and Lauren, who podcast as Deviant Women, have put together a super-charged version of their podcast with stage antics, claymation and costumes.
The podcast, and the show, tell the stories of women in history who have lived outrageous, subversive lives. These are the tales that are erased or buried by history. In this case, the story of seventeenth century opera singer cum fencer cum lover cum nun, Julie d’Aubigny, was told with more jokes than a royal comedy gala.
Alicia and Lauren have developed a beautiful repartee and their witty interjections and retorts, both physical and verbal, had the packed room in hysterics. Julie’s life story is certainly extraordinary and it needed telling – it seems now that her ‘short and fabulous life’ has not been forgotten, rather it has been celebrated with the kind of coarse debauchery that Julie would have thoroughly approved of.
Deviant Women felt like the missing link in a Fringe that sometimes feels big budget, hyper-advertised and driven by celebrity names. You have probably never heard of Lauren and Alicia or Deviant Women. Their budget is small. Their marketing is savvy but far from billboards and buses. The show is a little rough around the edges at times. But this is truly the best of the Fringe. You will laugh, you might cry and you will walk away elevated and wanting more.
Deviant Women will next take on Madame Blavatsky, who was famous for her investigations into the occult. It will be fascinating to see where they take this story. The Jade will no doubt fill fast – if this sounds like your kind of Fringe, book now! If you miss out, there’s always the podcast.
Deviant Women continues at The Jade from 7pm on Wed 14 Mar.
Book at FringeTIX on 1300 621 255 or adelaidefringe.com.au. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.