Presented by Kat Davidson and Emily Kristopher
Reviewed 25 February 2020
Kat Davidson and Emily Kristopher are two sexy, funny ladies from Brisbane here to discuss all things romance, love and sex.
Premiering at Fringe on Tuesday night, Love Hurts is an adventure in love, sex and dating with a distinctly adult bent. While waiting outside to enter the Piglet, audience members were provided with paper and pens with a direction to share their own stories, the more shocking the better. Once inside, these stories went into a bucket labelled ‘audience’ which sat alongside other buckets labelled ‘sex’, ‘novel’ ‘dates’ and ‘pick-up lines’.
Millennial Emily twerked her way onto the stage to the strains of Katie Perry, while Kat Davidson represented gen X’s. Together, the two covered both ends of the dating spectrum from Kat who’s been happily married for 20 years, to Emily who’s single and a Tinder expert.
The thrust of the show involved comic interaction with the audience (both ladies had great stage presence and quick one-liners) coupled with reading stories and anecdotes from the buckets. The anecdotes were mainly about what goes wrong in the search for love as well as those that occupy the extremely weird end of the spectrum. There was the one about the woman who faked cancer to get a date with a guy, to Tinder tragedies, to eye-rolling pick-up lines, and some truly awful romance novel extracts. There was also a competition focusing on generational music differences (gen Xers would rather dance to Wild Thing at a Club than anything released since the year 2000) and shocking stories provided by the audience. To top it all off, Love Hurts is sponsored by Adult Pleasures and there were sex toy giveaways during the show (this may have been just an opening night thing, so don’t get your hopes up that they’ll be there at all future shows).
Overall, Love Hurts was a fun, interactive show that left many questioning whether this is really the stuff that every day folks get up to in the pursuit of love. Some of it was at the grotty end of the spectrum and there is a decent amount of profanity in the show, so be warned that this is not for the prudish. Still, if you’re willing to leave your inhibitions at the door, this show is lots of fun.
Reviewed by Samantha Bond
Rating out of 5: 4
Venue: The Piglet at
Gluttony, Rymill Park
Season: 25 Feb – 1 March
Duration: 55 mins