[All that Glittas is definitely not Gold]
“WTF was that?” was the simultaneous reaction from my theatre buddy and I as soon as the lights came on.
As someone who’s seen a heap of burlesque cabaret theatre over the years I can tell you that I’m no prude in any shape or form.
However Glitta Supernova strutting her ‘stuff’ on stage from the get-go was not only outright tasteless and vulgar – it fell far below the standard of what is expected from an international show. Apparently nominated for a string of awards including 2015 Nominated “Best Cabaret” Fringe World Perth, this show was nothing but a self-indulgent excuse for Glitta to get her kit off on stage with absolutely no other purpose.
Yes she certainly has balls getting up on stage, as mentioned in the promotional material. But what I think is more balshy is that she does it under the misconception that she’s doing a fine job. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The show has categorically no cohesive storyline apart from Glitta introducing herself as the child of typical Byron Bay hippie nudists. What followed was a series of costume changes intertwined with AV vignettes that remained disconnected to the bitter end.
The crowd that sat in polite silence for a majority of the show, with the odd nervous laugh-out-loud moment, only cheered her on at the end when she tugged at our heart strings saying that it’s a self funded show travelling from across the Tasman.
It is truly gobsmacking to see that such mediocrity sets the bar for Australian cabaret acts.
Glitta’s agility is never in question and neither are her costume choices. What is disturbing is that she believes that she can touch on the sex industry and just throw in at the end that it is a show about feminism. There is a gaping hole in this production because it has no purpose and no reason for being, apart from Glitta wanting to flaunt her body while creating a series of shock-value moments.
If I had paid $20 for this show at The Basement I would have come away thinking it was $20 too much for this excuse of a production.
The Glitta Supernova Experience plays at The Basement until 26 Mar. Details see The Basement