If you’re heading down to Sydney Fringe, don’t forget to check out Screamers! This comic cabaret takes aim at the current state of Australian politics.
Described as Mad Max meets Wizard of Oz meets Question Time–the show features many camp cabaret moments mixed in amongst sharp and saucy satire as the cast moves along the ‘Yellow Brick Road’ to Parliament House to confront the not-so-wonderful Lizard of Oz in their quest for fairness, recognition and equality.
In light of recent tragedies related to the epidemic of Domestic Violence, this production makes a powerful statement about the issue accompanied by a rocking live rendition of The Divinyls Boys In Town. Red Cross donations will also be collected at the shows, with all money raised going towards related causes.
The show stars Joseph Chetty as Dorothy and Jackie Vance as Auntie Em, with many special guest stars for a deluxe edition of the show. Joining them in particular are the legendary ‘feminist clown’ Betty Grumble, intersex activist Norrie May-Wleby and all the way from Sweden, the haughty Husqvarna.
In a celebration of fluidity and liberty, Screamers! will have you laughing and cheering as the cast drags it all up in the name of democracy. (ES)
Sept 22–24. Giant Dwarf, 199 Cleveland St, Redfern. $25–$35 (opening night $20).
Sept 25–26. Imperial Hotel, 35 Erskinville Road, Erskinville. Tickets & info: sydneyfringe.com
BY EMILY SHEN