Millicent Sarre and Joshie Belle navigate activism with a healthy dose of awkward humour and lyrical indie songs.
Presented by Millicent Sarre & Joshie Belle
Reviewed 8th March 2021
Awkward Activists brings a touch of originality and wit to Gluttony this Fringe season. The musical comedy is independently written, scored, and produced by Adelaide artists Millicent Sarre and Joshie Belle. Sarre and Belle navigate activism with a healthy dose of awkward humour. At the start of the show they cheerfully explain, “We’re stuffing up so you don’t have you.”
Sarre and Belle accompany themselves on ukuleles and keyboard, while Sarre’s powerful voice champions several solos. Their awkward comedic banter is endearing, and they share great on-stage chemistry. Their costumes are delightful matching hers and theirs overalls. Through song they explore different aspects of, and causes within, the activist sphere.
In Slut, Sarre reclaims the word to be positive and rallies the audience in a proud sing-along chorus. Sarre’s next song, Gay White Men Who Don’t Give a Shit About Feminism, turns from an impassioned solo into an awkward duet of Straight White Women Who Don’t Give a Shit About Queer Rights. In a poignant duet, Sarre and Belle share how difficult it was for each of them to feel “like a girl” while growing up in a masculine dominated society. Belle explores “Cancel Culture” with a patter song, while Sarre cringes on one side of the stage.
Together Sarre and Belle create a safe space to laugh and learn, to enjoy and educate yourself. Millennials and adjacent generations will relate to and appreciate Awkward Activists.
Reviewed by Nicola Woolford
Venue: Ukiyo at Gluttony
Season: 8th – 21st March 2021
Duration: 60 minutes
Tickets: $27.00 – $35.00
Rating out of 5: 5