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Fringefeed | 19 Jan 2020

Chameleon

Wearing a puffy polyester blouse over a glittery silver dress, paired with stone-faced pout, Britt Plummer—the actor and clown behind one-woman satire, Chameleon—leaps onto her stage.

Over pulsing disco beats she dances and lip-syncs, striking dramatic poses every time the track’s singer intones, “Yes.” “Yes.” “Yes.” The room’s warm, but Britt’s working like she could dance forever.

Chameleon is a quirky, stirring mash-up of mime, storytelling and physical comedy, making its FRINGE WORLD debut after successful shows at Edinburgh Fringe and Adelaide Fringe in 2019.

Britt—trained at the prestigious École Philippe Gaulier in Paris—is an utterly commanding performer; strong and silky in her movements, whip-quick and effervescent in her expressions.

Across six-or-so sketches and as many costume changes, Britt takes us from shy schoolyard friendship, through the unwanted attentions of French men, to a quick disco break after which she emerged clad in something neon green to conduct what she proudly called a Pleasure Orchestra.

It’s bizarre and brilliant; a breathless life story told through disco mime and wide-eyed, giggling buffoonery.

Chameleon is pitched as a fiercely feminist show, examining gender dynamics and smashing stereotypes. Britt’s a natural storyteller, and in a quieter, compelling moment behind the microphone, she tells us she’s sick of it.

I can’t help but think here this moment could have been devastating had we learned exactly what she’s sick of, beyond generalised, sanitised statements—a story about the Parisian men we just watched Britt pretend to be, campy and handsy and all over the young woman, for example.

But Chameleon isn’t a monologue; it’s a physical performance—curious, new-to-me ways of looking at things, without being opined at.

Britt commands the whole room, so a gentle warning if you’re not a fan of audience participation—you may want to avoid eye contact; things do get a bit weird. But in this charming, quirky performance, you can’t help but feel a part of something. Yes. Yes. Yes.

About the Author

Sophie Raynor

Sophie is a reader and writer interested in politics, Southeast Asia and fermented foods. A former Scoop Magazine staff writer and Great about Perth blogger, she's recently returned home to Perth after two years living in tropical Timor-Leste. She writes freelance articles, manages not-for-profit communications, tweets @raynorsophie and freckles easily.

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End Date 02 Feb 2020

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I loved this show. Britt is an amazing performer and captivated the audience throughout. Thank you!

Reviewed by Cara Phillips 2020
Reviewed by Liss 2020