Amelia Ryan Is Lady Liberty is, in a way, a follow on and sequel to Ryan’s hit show, A Storm In A D-Cup: but like Ryan herself, it stands alone! One does not need to have seen the previous show, in order to enjoy this chapter of the performer’s life.
Ryan makes perhaps one of the most original entrances to a cabaret show ever – she is wheeled in on a dolly through the audience by her musical director, the one and only Matthew Carey, in a pose resembling the Statue of Liberty (but wielding a bottle of bubbly instead of a torch).
Liberty and freedom are the subjects of this show. It all starts a bit serious and radical with references to liberated women such as 20s nightclub singer Frances Faye, poet and writer Maya Angelou, and Madonna; and hard hitting songs such as Cluster F—.
However, once this more austere material is dealt with, Ryan attacks us with her comedic weaponry to tackle serious subjects: Tony Abbott’s views on Gay Rights and same sex marriages are given a serve in a marvellous parody of Part Of Your World from Disney’s The Little Mermaid; You’re The Voice becomes Fix My Voice when Ryan discovers nodules on her larynx; while Time After Time is used to demonstrate her binge drinking episodes with the very funny Wine After Wine. Also, be prepared to play the drinking game “Never Have I Ever…”
Although Ryan asks the question “what does it actually mean to be a liberated woman?”, the male of the species will equally enjoy Ryan’s comedy, voice and vivaciousness.
Take up Mel Gibson’s cry of FREEDOM and take some liberties to get to see one of Adelaide’s sparkling gems.
Reviewed by Brian Godfrey
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Rating (out of 5): 4
Venue: Artspace Adelaide Festival Centre
Season: 17 – 19 June 2015
Duration: 1 hour
Tickets: $24.90 – $34.90
Bookings: Book online through www.adelaidecabaretfestival.com.au or phone BASS on 131 246