[CABARET/Music ~ WORLD PREMIERE ~ SA]
Judy’s at HST at Holden Street Theatres, Wed 12 Feb.
Josh Belperio’s last two Fringe shows have been hugely successful. I thought it was great that he changed his show for the 2020 Fringe at the last minute because he was angry at the state of the world. That’s exactly what more people should be doing; stop pretending that it is ‘situation normal’ and try and get people to understand just how dire things are. So Belperio took the brave step and wrote a new show in recent weeks called Right Here, Right Now.
So far so good; it was a really gutsy move. In practice, however it was a bit over the top. Fuelled by his anger about climate change, bushfires, species extinction and the suicide of yet another young gay man Belperio wanted, he said, to be honest, authentic, and spontaneous and not work from a script or rehearsed routine. Again, it was fine in principle. This was honest and authentic, but it was also raw and unfinished. More a workshop than a performance this event might better take place in Josh’s own lounge room at home among good friends and family.
Anger and fury can be unleashed in performance art with profound impact, but in this case it clouded his judgement. Much is the shame, really.
Josh Belperio – Right Here, Right Now continues at Judy’s at HST at Holden Street Theatres from 8.15pm until Sat 22 Feb.
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Image courtesy of Wilson Lewis Photography