FRINGEWORLD 2017 – Tamar Broadbent: Get Ugly (4.5 stars)

Review by Laura Money

Let’s just start by pointing out that there is nothing ugly about Tamar Broadbent! The 5’3 bundle of energy exudes beauty and warmth as her genuine and heartfelt songs put the lofty popstars to shame with their down-to-earth quality. Broadbent is the ultimate ‘everywoman’ – she sings and jokes about the dirty laundry Taylor Swift would never dream of airing! Bouncing onto the stage like a ray of sunshine, Broadbent beguiles you with her sweet persona – then rips your face off with a (highly relatable) ditty about doing the ‘Train Ride of Shame’ after a night out.

It’s an interesting way to start a show and sets up Broadbent’s premise well – she tells it like it is, warts and all. Broadbent is cheerful and optimistic, yet slays with her sharp observational wit. Her post-break-up move to the trendy part of town provides much of the fodder for her songs, from Hipster wankers quaffing artisan bread while tightening their top-knots, to Googling all the STDs after a late-night hook up, just in case! It’s these ‘ugly’ moments that Broadbent strives to bring to light. She sends up dating apps and just how hard it is to delete Facebook, but it’s a song about the hot girl at the gym that brings the house down. We’ve all been there, sweating ourselves a puddle when a gorgeous girl who appears to be sans glands walks past looking perfect. Broadbent’s frustration is all of ours!

There are some wonderfully touching moments – Broadbent is an exceptionally giving comedian – as she sings about her beautiful little sister, and reveals just how much the break-up with her ex really hurt her. It is this rawness and reality that she puts into her material. The best art comes from the heart, and Broadbent has a heart big enough for all of us.


When: 14th – 18th February 2017 | 8:00pm

Where: Noodle Palace | Fringe Central | PERTH

Tickets: $16 – $23.50

Info: Duration 60 minutes | Suitable 15+