Part cabaret, part cautionary tale, Cockroach is a very funny story of an avenging insect, sick of the violence and injustices perpetuated on women by a host of men who should really know better, their disingenuous cries of innocence all too familiar.

When she wakes up in the body of a cockroach, in a Metamorphosis-like twist, C uses her new shape to aid her in a brutal reckoning. She sings, she screeches, she stomps her feet and is the antithesis of the well-behaved ‘good girl’ yet audiences love her just as she is, just like Bridget Jones. Accompanying on guitar is Benito Di Fonzo who looks slightly perplexed with her at times, as C questions the ingrained patterns of behaviour that people cling to.

Leah Donovan has a marvelous and versatile physicality to her that enables her to take command of the stage with wings on her back and not look ridiculous. Her take on the men who punctuate the drama with a variety of bad behaviour is brilliant though they have a sameness about them, much like the men who inspired with actions ranging from simply disgusting to criminal.

Go see this for a laugh, and a very timely commentary about female anger – anger that is justified and needs an avenging exoskeletal crime fighter to battle.

 

Cockroach is on until 8 Sept, for more information and tickets see: https://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/sydney-fringe-festival-2018/

Featuring: Leah Donovan, Benito Di Fonzo

Directed and written by Melita Rowston

Live music by Benito Di Fonzo

This Month in Sydney

1 Sept - 30 Sept

Sydney Fringe 2018

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This year the Sydney Fringe turns nine. Over the past eight years we have invested in our model, carved out a slice of territory for ourselves on the annual arts calendar and found our voice. While we have been rapidly expanding our international profile, and welcoming more artists from across the seas, our voice remains uniquely Sydney. First and foremost, we are here to highlight, amplify and promote the work of local Sydney based artists to the world.

Sydney’s is a brave, new, imaginative, challenging and experimental voice. Our artists push the boundaries of genre, art form and innovation. Each year we work with our community to transform the landscape of our city into unique experiences not found in Sydney at any other time of the year. From activating unused buildings, unlocking hidden gems and presenting major outdoor activations, the Sydney Fringe Festival connects you to the city in new ways. We are an annual snapshot of how Sydney feels, where we are and where we are heading. It’s new, it’s now and 2018 is shaping up to be bolder than ever before.

Kerri Glasscock
Festival Director & CEO