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With a killer premise, and a talented ensemble, Slippery The Butterfly Club’s moody basement is filled with chaos and accusations. There’s finger pointing, deception and more spanners than Bunnings, Before concluding, we will explore the issue of blame. Who is responsible and what really can be done to help?
The award-winning playwright Esther Dougherty crafted and directed the production, which was brought to life by Meanjin/Brisbane’s art and production house. Curtain WorldThis polyamorous story twists and turns, as a love square is reduced to just a throuple. The surviving trio’s night of revelations spirals into mayhem when the ghost of their departed lover, Fredenharry, returns as a Dickensian ghost to reveal that one among them orchestrated their demise. They must unravel this mystery before midnight to escape Fredenharry’s eternal haunting.
Set in an anthropomorphic universe where cicadas are magical, guitars are charming and the Vatican is homosexual. Slippery immerses the audience in a phantastic rabbit hole from the get-go, and all that’s left to do is to enjoy the ride. The characters dressed as Victorian clowns in white robes and pale make up, with handcrafted hearts, take turns on stage to express their heartbreak, their confusion, and of course, their withering finger.
Ben Snaith’s Silly Goose is full of charm and whimsy. His comedic timing is impeccable. Gina Tay Limpus makes a great Puke, and Honor Webster-Mannison gives Fredenharry a tragic edge. Siobhan gibbs, a veteran of the stage, brings her usual breathless physicality and energy to the performance. She alternates between manic and hilariously agreed upon, and tops it off with her signature facial expressions. Though Gibbs’ character Moon Junes warrants a larger-than-life performance, it’s the earnest moments that are the most compelling.
The cast’s physical theatre backgrounds are evident in floor crawling The following are some examples of how to get started: erratic corridor runs. Dougherty’s script maintains a tight, sharply clever and rhythmic flow, punctuated by rapid-fire jokes, banter and a touch of silliness that lingers long after the laughter subsides.
Slippery, much like Dougherty’s other works (Zagazig and Pawpaw Dog & Other DogThe play is full of irreverence, artistry and fun. While occasional surrealistic drifts, particularly during the monologues, may hinder some connection with the characters, the play’s contemporary twists in dance numbers, songs and unconventional murder weapons in the form of cucumber vapes, and not to mention Optus Number One’s iconic hold music, will have audiences laughing and crying in equal measure.
Dougherty’s expert blocking and detailed actions – finger snaps and eye rolls – contribute to the chemistry among the characters, and the show concludes fittingly with a nod to life’s inherent randomness. Despite the layers that may be overlooked due to the production’s fantastical edge, Slippery The script is as lively as it is tender. Electric, strange and strangely honest Slippery This film will keep you captivated until the very last minute.
The Butterfly Club
Curtain World Production
Written and directed by Esther Dougherty
Cast: Siobhan Gubbs, Gin Tay Limpus Ben Snaith, and Honor Webster-Mannison
Slippery The Butterfly Club is hosting the Midsumma Festival until 27th January. After that, it will tour to Adelaide Fringe.