[CABARET/Burlesque ~ SA]
Nexus Arts, Fri 6 Mar.
Disabilibabes and Chronic Cuties return to Adelaide with Singin’ In The Pain at the culturally diverse and dynamically inclusive venue, Nexus Arts of the Lion Arts Centre. Sharing experiences they feel the need to be shared through storytelling, song and dance. Every cast and crew member feeling well enough to be here, has a disability or chronic illness which is cleverly demonstrated in their individual acts.
The Disabilibabes consist of (but not limited to) producer, emcee and burlesque extraordinaire Diana Divine, award winning performers, reining Miss Burlesque SA Moisty Magic and current Burlesque Idol SA Ambrosious Lee, promising newcomers Madame Savage and stage kitty Iris Envy, plus interstate performers Empress Eyrie and Rosie Roulette.
Kicking off the show, Diana Devine whom has extensive experience in disability sector and an illness that arose as an effect of other illnesses, kicks off the show by belting out a song in spite of actually being sick, revealing a beautiful singing voice, accompanied by her mobility aid; the hot pink bedazzled walking stick named Betty.
In true burlesque fashion and wearing dazzling, sexy negligee costumes with some tassels too, there were disabilitease stripteases galore with many hoots and cheers from the audience, as not only the gloves come off to disability and chronic illness, but also the back, knee and ankle braces worn by some crew members! Ooh la la!!!
The soapbox style show also contained Adelaide’s own autistic, poly-amorous, bisexual comedian and fascinated by rainbows, Eliza Thomas, who took to the stage with her quick witted facetious humour. Keeping both the ones on the spectrum and the typical audience members laughing hysterically during her act, Thomas displays how she counts cards along with what card an audience member has plucked from the deck previously. Plus, as people with autism tend not to pick up on social norms, there is an unexpected exit made by Thomas on completion of her performance…
The unabating cabaret carried on with phenomenal acts throughout the performance; Moisty Magic combats depression and anxiety with her singing, Ambrosious Lee exhibits a brilliant fan dance even with her wrist mobility issue, Empress Eyrie shows absolute disgust in the need of her walking stick, Rosie Roulette the amazingly flexible ballet dancer despite a disease that weakens her connective tissue and joints, and Madame Savage fights diabetes with many pills and needles per day, imagine how many medication packages in just one week let alone a whole lifetime!
Puns galore and an absolutely fabulous cast create an experience you will never forget. If you miss them this year, I dare say they will be back. A definite must see, time, illness and disability permitting of course.
Singin’ In The Pain: A Disability And Chronic Illness Cabaret continues at Nexus Arts from 2pm and 8pm on Sat 7 Mar.
Book at FringeTIX on 1300 621 255 or adelaidefringe.com.au. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.
Presented by Diana Divine