FRINGEWORLD 2017 – Disgraceful Cougars (4 stars)

Review by Laura Money

A wave of anticipation fills the Speigeltent as glitter-clad Cougar Morrison frantically runs through the crowd with packets of biscuits and crackers. Morrison explains that they’re not for us – we’ll know what do with them when the time comes. It’s a strange start, but when Disgrace Kelly walks on, head held high and ‘auditions’ for an opera in a flawless mezzo-soprano voice, the snacks are forgotten and people are watching her mouth intently – she’s so smooth it sounds like a recording that is being lip synced to. When asked to show her range, Kelly launches into the same aria but in French – well, just by singing about French food! After being rejected for the part for being too *gasp* old, Kelly returns to the comforting arms of Morrison.

It’s at this point we all throw our snacks at her – you know, to cheer her up?!

Morrison and Kelly are phenomenal individual acts, but teamed up they are a force to be reckoned with. Yes, the show seems to be a tag-team of songs but they are amazing songs. All of your favourites are there – Judy Garland, Bette Midler, Beyonce, even Edith Piaf. Highlights include Kelly’s brilliant rendition of Midler’s ‘Fat As I Am’ and Morrison performing ‘Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien’ by Piaf with increasingly tights lips as the botox kicks in! When these two get together, magic happens – their exercise scene is inspired, they party like no other couple and promote body positivity, all while gyrating and glamming it the hell up!

When: 15th – 19th February 2017 | 6:30pm

Where: Salon Perdu Speigeltent | The Pleasure Garden | PERTH

Tickets: $16 – $21

Info: Duration 60 minutes | Suitable 18+