Anti-Heroine | Heather Bloom

Anti-Heroine | Heather BloomHeather Bloom stars in her one-woman-show Anti-Heroine, where casting has begun for an undisclosed live action fairy-tale remake, and there is fierce competition for the role of the villain. The casting directors are clearly unimpressed by the talent pool where our despised villains (or beloved, depending on your point of view) have found themselves typecast, but this will not stop our anti-heroines' in their attempt to secure the much-desired role. As part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival Anti-Heroine is an articulate comedy-cabaret delivered with non-conformist style.

In an intimate venue the audience are voyeurs to the casting process. Queen Elsa of Arrendelle (Frozen) prepares for her casting call with a hilariously nervous vocal warmup before the audience are seated for the villain auditions to start. Bloom paints the picture of a merciless, and psychopathic Cruella de Vil (101 Dalmatians) who is the first auditionee, singing a defiant pop parody delivered with the coolness of a sharp steel knife. While the audience are won over, the casting directors are not. And so, our next villain is called to the stage, the deep throated Sea Witch (The Little Mermaid). The Sea Witch is playful and uses her comedic talents to win favour with the casting directors, to no avail.

Enter Maleficent, who Bloom represents as an anxious creature, who is cut quickly. The audience is witness to the devastation on Maleficent’s psyche as she sings a poignant rendition of Creep. The Fairy Godmother makes a short appearance trying desperately to sell herself as a potential villain via Skype, muttering under her breath about her useless agent. Our final auditionee is the Queen of Hearts who proves that one needs to break the competition to succeed.

Anti-Heroine is a satirical view on the highly competitive and cutthroat nature of the casting call.

 

2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival
Anti-Heroine
Heather Bloom

Venue: Errol's & Co | 69-71 Errol St, North Melbourne VIC
Dates: 13 – 18 September 2018
Tickets: $20 – $25
Bookings: https://melbournefringe.com.au

 

Related Articles

The Drill | Women's Circus The Drill | Women's Circus
As a space that facilitated the military training of young men from the Footscray community who were then sent to faraway battlefields, The Drill now fills this space with contemporary circus, theatre...
Where's My Money? | 7th Floor Theatre Where's My Money? | 7th Floor Theatre
Where’s My Money? is a play which seizes your attention, where the handful of protagonists speak with brutal and callous honesty, interwoven with lies and deceit. Left – Hayden Burke,...

Most read Melbourne reviews

Apocalypse Meow: Crisis Is Born | Meow Meow

Without question one of the most astoundingly talented people I have ever seen and a lady worthy...


Kiss of the Spider Woman | Melbourne Theatre Company

As a finale for MTC’s impressive 2019 season, Kiss of the Spider Woman has been an alluring,...


Oil | Red Stitch Actors Theatre

The Australian premiere of Ella Hickson’s Oil by Red Stitch Actors Theatre is a hugely ambitious...


Where's My Money? | 7th Floor Theatre

Where’s My Money? is a play which seizes your attention, where the handful of protagonists speak...


The Drill | Women's Circus

As a space that facilitated the military training of young men from the Footscray community who...


Sign up for our newsletter

* indicates required