FRINGEWORLD 2017 – The Ruby Red Fatales (3.5 stars)

Review by Kieran Eaton

With a Jazz band at the back of the stage, you know that this show will have some class. To see burlesque girls, flirting off stage with the audience creates an immersive feeling to the start the night where it seems the show will be quite mature. These women rev up the crowd to some unknown anticipation. Once this acting troupe start their dialogue it becomes clear that it is set in the WW2 era where women started feeling more empowered but still treated second class to men.

The strength of this show is the music. The singing is spot on, especially by the lead singer played by Sinead O’Hara – whose classy voice keeps the show at a professional level. The plot line and humour is silly in nature, creating some awkwardness. However, the concept is interesting enough to keep the audience following along. There are many plot twists that go with this performance. Realism is kept by the consistent application of American and German accents. This is highlighted by when a German Nazi is actually revealed to be an American Spy.

The performance is cast well, in having all actors in roles well suited to their look. The humour is often sexual in nature, exploring the fluidity of gender and sexuality. This works well for the burlesque themed theatrical performance – as burlesque has that steeping tradition. Though it is not as raunchy compared to a traditional burlesque as this is set in war time the ending is a bit sad but ends with a funny final line that has the crowd leaving amused. It is a twisted show to see for a fun late night.


When: 7th – 18th February 2017 | 10:10pm

Where: Noodle Palace | Fringe Central | PERTH

Tickets: $19 – $26

Info: Duration 60 minutes | Suitable 18+ | WA Artist