Cabaret Festival Review: Bourgeois & Maurice: How to Save the World Without Really Trying

The last time Adelaide was graced with the satirical comedy of Bourgeois & Maurice was in the 2013 Adelaide Cabarert Festival show, Sugartits.

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Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre
Reviewed 15 June 2017

The last time Adelaide was graced with the satirical comedy of Bourgeois & Maurice was in the 2013 Adelaide Cabarert Festival show, Sugartits. Their new show doesn’t really try to save the world but it does make one realise just how much they’ve been missed.

Brother/sister team Georgeois Bourgeios (George Heyworth) and Maurice Maurice (Liv Morris) are an electro-glam rock-synth throwback who, this time, have travelled from another dimension to save the Earth and it’s 7 billion inhabitants. Since we all see the world differently however, the question becomes whose world is it they should be saving.

With jibes at Brexit (British Values), the overload of Opinions on the internet, feminism and equality (Men), and loneliness (Chemsex Party), all their songs are catchy, underscored with a layer of social commentary that’s both clever and blatant.

The one song that suprises the most is the genuine love song Make Life Better which offers a lot of heart as it brings love into a modern, technical age.

While each number is comically astute and sung with stellar voices, the banter between the duo is equally on point. Maurice’s dry delivery is a nice counterbalance to Bourgeious’ boundless energy and high kicks. Together, they are a high-camp couple that is expanded into an even crazier ensemble when they’re interrupted several times by multiple version of themselves projected from other dimensions.

How to Save the World Without Really Trying culminates in a celebration of getting your Knickers in a Twist which is precisely what will happen if they don’t come back soon.

Reviewed by Rod Lewis
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Rating out of 5:  5

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