Photo – Olivia Rutherford
Warning signs posted outside the Space Theatre where Amy G's latest 'social experiment' plays, state that the show contains course language, nudity and haze. It should announce in big, flickering lights that incoming victims, sorry audience members, will be a major part of the proceedings.
Before being scared away, rest assured that Ms Amy G and Entershamement is very, very funny. It's one hell of a wild, sometimes reckless and even dangerous ride, but an hilarious one.
A combination of slapstick, clown, bawdy comedian and night club singer (who comes across, at times, like some deranged drag queen) she hurls herself at the audience. Shamelessly!
Amy G is actually amazing to watch as she takes her victims and voyeurs on a ride that seldom slows down. Supposedly her 'experiment' seeks to expose some of the shame/guilt that we all at times have lived through.
What ensues is part social commentary, part stretching boundaries and just plain old not taking anything in this life too seriously.
With grand vocal ability, Amy G covers standards that include I Who Have Nothing, Sweet Georgia Brown and even (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, all the while inverting their meaning, often dressed outrageously – such as a chicken, or on roller skates.
The roller skate routine, by the way, is a highlight of the evening, and shows just how skillful this performer is, creating hilarity, with a degree of difficulty – climbing into a dress, while balancing on those wheels.
Amy G may not appeal to some more conservative tastes, but she is without doubt an incredible force of true entertainment. Skilled, hilarious and shocking. Her unique interpretation of the US National Anthem is ... well... unique. This is one performer that you need to experience at least once in your life.
2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Venue: Space Theatre | Adelaide Festival Centre SA
Dates: 10 – 12 Jun 2016