With a title like this, I admit I was a little apprehensive about what sort of performance I was about to see. To my surprise, what I discovered was a delightfully quirky show that ticked all the boxes of an enjoyable theatre outing.
Written and directed by Michele Lee, this light-hearted comedy bordered on sitcom material – overtly cheesy, yet still highly amusing in retrospect. Cleverly written, the performance never took itself too seriously and with a storyline about a woman struggling with her ‘talking fou fou,’ was the better for it.
Under Lee’s direction, the piece was a complete comedic package. With a fast pace, it contained silliness, toilet humour as well as a never-ending stream of descriptive terms for the female anatomy. I can safely say I gained a colourful wealth of knowledge from this performance, although am doubtful whether that will ever come in handy again.
The performances were strong from the entire cast, with special mention to Simon Doyle for his portrayal of Frank, the frustrated vagina. Desperate to ignite his career as a voice over artist, Doyle aptly depicted the perils of being ‘the invisible man,’ in a role unlike any other he would possibly ever play.
The set was simplistic, yet used effectively and the cinema space at Glitch bar gave it the Fringe edge it needed. Overall this was an entertaining piece, with plenty of laughs, groans and memorable moments.
Definitely worth a look at this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival.
The Talking Vagina
by Michele Lee
Season: Week one: Tuesday 30 September to Saturday 4 October, 8:15pm @ Glitch Bar, North Fitzroy
Week two: Tuesday 7 October to Sunday 12 October, 7pm @ Studio 2, Northcote Town Hall
Tickets: Adults $15, Concession $12, Groups of 6+ $10, Tight Arse Tuesday $10
Bookings: 9660 9666, www.melbournefringe.com.au or at the door