Umbrella Revolution, Garden of Unearthly Delights
Reviewed Thursday February 25th 2010 (See Fringe guide for dates, times, etc.)
Presented by Daniel Clarke.
Bookings: Fringetix & Venuetix outlets
As the Wau Wau Sisters burst onto the stage nobody would have known that their costumes and props were still on holiday somewhere else, courtesy of Malaysian Airlines. After frantically scouring the city for suitable substitutes, and madly sewing costumes backstage whilst performing with La Clique, their show went ahead regardless. These are a couple of real troupers.
This is a show where nothing is sacred, with the audience being presented with a wafer, but no wine, unfortunately, as they enter the venue, just to set the tone for all that is to follow. The Sisters then religiously engage in sending up religion. At the rear of the stage the long table is already set, ready for the last supper. That does not happen until the end of the show, however, and there is much irreverence to enjoy before that final, hilarious scene is reached.
Comedy, song, audience involvement, amazingly powerful trapeze work, acrobatics and more fill this show to overflowing with energy, pace, great comic timing and a goodly sprinkling of naughtiness and nudity. This is all about fun and the Sisters seem to be having more fun than anybody. Their own enjoyment of what they are doing is highly infectious and the appreciative audience left, still smiling, laughing and talking about their favourite segments long after the performance ended. A great time was had by all.
Reviewed by Barry Lenny, GLAM Adelaide Arts Editor.