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

8 - 26 January

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Every January, Sydney Festival starts the new year with a bang, transforming the city with a bold cultural celebration based on critical ideas and cutting-edge art and performance.

More than any other cultural event, Sydney Festival defines Sydney’s personality. For over four decades we have presented international artists who guarantee headlines, and whose presence in Sydney adds to the Festival’s buzz and prestige, including names like Björk, Brian Wilson, Grace Jones, Manu Chao, Elvis Costello, AR Rahman, Cate Blanchett, Ralph Fiennes, Robert Lepage, The Flaming Lips, Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Peter Sellars, Sir Ian McKellen and David Byrne & St. Vincent. Some of the world’s great companies – Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance, Cheek by Jowl, Gate Theatre and The Wooster Group to name only a few – also share the Festival with the most exciting artists and companies in Australia.

Sydney Festival’s audacious contemporary programming positions it at the forefront of arts practice in Australia and up there as one of the most wonderful festivals in the world. (from Sydney Festival website)