FRINGEWORLD 2017 – Betty Grumble: Sex Clown Saves The World (4 stars)

First of all, there is no-one in the world like Betty Grumble. This phenomenal performer is everything – funny, clever, gorgeous, grotesque, intimate, obscene, intense, delightful, and above all else, the ultimate feminist. Sex Clown Saves The World is more than just a title – Grumble is saddened by the way we treat this world, the way the patriarchy has f**d us all over and she’s going to shout about it!

Piles of rubbish fill the stage, discarded newspaper, plastic, and junk are strewn around carelessly. Among the rubbish and detritus of society, lies a pair of women’s legs, unceremoniously stuffed into a filthy rubbish bin. This is Betty. She emerges from the bin with a big wig and smile, grotesque clown-like makeup in a parody of the ridiculous standards of beauty put upon women in society. Grumble moves like no other – every song or dance is a heightened send-up of the genre – a striptease sees every part of her exposed (guts and all), an exercise class becomes about running from sexual harassment and slut-shaming, and a love-ballad to Mother Earth really gets the ‘Ecosexual’ treatment.

This is a very important show to see. It covers a range of issues, yet at the heart is Eco-feminism and a deep desire to change the world – one vagina at a time! Be warned, though this show is not for the faint-hearted. There is no touching, unless it’s consensual, yet it’s a show designed to put you on edge – Grumble wants you to feel discomfort as it is a discomfort we should all feel about the state of the world.


When: 28th January – 3rd February 2017 | 9:45pm

Where: Circus Theatre | Fringe Central | PERTH

Tickets: $19 – $25

Info: Duration 60 minutes | Sexually explicit content | Nudity | 18+