RCC Fringe – Little Theatre, Sun 17 Feb.
[CABARET/THEATRE ~ AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE ~ GBR]
Presenting the world premiere of a new show in a new land in a venue that is not fit for purpose, proposed some challenges for Bourgeois & Maurice. Add sound problems to the mix and it gets even harder.
The songs are a treat. Bourgeois has a great voice and is ably complemented by Maurice on piano. He looks gorgeous in sparkling sequins, and her beehive rivals Marj Simpson’s. The show was partly themed around facing mortality and future doom – addressing such compelling notions as antibiotic apocalypse – and manages to make the idea of death and sickness fun! The new British national anthem detailing a particularly British form of death wish was a highlight, and another quite poignant song bemoans how humans manage to mess up love and romance.
Bourgeois & Maurice have been together for 10 years and are obviously very comfortable playing with each other, but perhaps not so comfortable with their new show. By their own confession this was a work in progress. Banter about what they should do next, or jocular admissions to the audience that they were thin on material for the rest of the show work well as stagecraft if it is absolutely clear that it is not true, but this show did at times feel a little underdone.
There’s a lot of audience participation so you might like to take this into account when choosing where to sit!
It’s a curious and enjoyable spectacle that I suspect will get much tighter. I couldn’t help thinking that it would play much better in a tent in a Fringe hub carnival setting. The Little Theatre is part of the new Royal Croquet Club scattered around Adelaide University and didn’t feel right for this kind of act. And I think the sound people need to turn down the volume; it was on the verge of distortion throughout – it is a LITTLE theatre and only a little amplification is needed.
Bourgeois & Maurice continues at RCC Fringe – Little Theatre from 8.30pm until Sun 10 Mar.
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