Heather 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
Venue: Errol's & Co | 69-71 Errol St, North Melbourne VIC
Dates: 13 – 18 September 2018
Tickets: $20 – $25