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

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