Performed by: Sabrina D’Angelo and David McLaughlin
Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019
Quilt Room, Trades Hall, Tuesday 24th September 2019
This show was on last year at the Melbourne Writers Festival, I did not get to see it but my friend did and recommended it to me. I also saw Sabrina who was one of the models at the Dr Sketchys session at the same festival. I have wanted to see one Sabrina D’Angelo’s shows for years but have never been able to make it.
The show explores the lore behind the fable of Medusa from ancient times through to today with a lot of things in the show that I have not heard of. It shows the amount of research that went into the production as while the original Greek story is the most known, I did not know about Freud’s interpretation of the story.
Leading up to the show were some great promotional videos that hopefully will be included in the special features if the production ever ends up on DVD.
Sabrina is a great physical comedian, but this show was the chance to show off her more dramatic skills which she does as a great deal of the performance is just her head on a table. You wouldn’t think such a heavy concept based show would get so many laughs but it did.
David McLaughlin was excellent as the straight man and comic foil at times. He played seemingly a dozen different roles throughout the show well.
While the show does have strong feminist themes I would not say you have to be a feminist to enjoy it. There is a lot of things you could learn from it if you have an open mind.
An excellent show and right at home at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, this is the kind of production you want to have on the program.