In a case of "so wrong it's right," Rose Sejean and Claire Bowman take to the stage in their latest incarnation of WRONGTOWN – Homicide and Home Cooking, devastating the audience with their personal brand of black humor.
Garish costumes and make up applied with a trowel is the order of the day as the duo present a cabaret ripped straight from the headlines.... The WRONGTOWN headlines that is. Sourced directly from the Adelaide Advertiser and Geelong News, the deliciously wrong girls pay homage to their home towns with blindingly stunning harmonies and exceptional comic timing.
Taking from their musical theatre background Sejean and Bowman blend current (Gen Why?) pop with old school jazz and music theatre pieces that allow the duo to show off their vocal ability and supreme acting skills. Perhaps what is most appealing about the two hell bent on being unappealing is the maturity they bring to their performance. Both barely in their twenties, Sejean and Bowman behave as if they are veterans of the cabaret circuit and bring not only their extraordinary talent to the stage but a clear love for the art form as well.
The two are glorious to watch and are an absolute joy with their wicked humor and clever writing that involves its fair share of dick jokes, boob references and profanity. Contrasted with Sejean's sweet-as-pie soprano, the Victorian College of the Arts graduate plays upon her innocent features, shocking the audience into submission with her twisted lyrics and at times violent outbursts.
Bowman as the wise cracking psychopath is as terrifying as she is troubling. Finding a balance between sex crazed vixen and small town bogan, Bowman seams the two together in a harmony befitting the talented singer.
Joined by Phil McLeod on piano accordion and directed by the great Tim Ferguson, (of Doug Anthony All Stars fame) the girls are fearless, touching on subjects from sex crimes to the Snowtown massacres (better known as "bodies in barrels") in a hilarious production of taboo meets terrific.
Too good to be bad, Bowman and Sejean are wrong in all the right ways and have the audience eating out of the palm of their hand (literally!). Wonderful in their wrongness, WRONGTOWN will delight you with its cringe worthy humor and brilliant vocals.
Claire Bowman and Rose Sejean
Venue: The Butterfly Club | 204 Bank Street South Melbourne
Dates: Thu 2 to Sun 5 August, 9pm (8pm Sun)
Tickets: $23 – $18