You know those shows where you leave with your cheeks hurting from laughing so much? How to Kill the Queen of Pop is one of those shows.
Its 2000. Everyone wears zebra print and clashing colours. Cropped sweaters were a thing. More importantly, it was the year of Sydney hosting the Olympic Games and who was performing? None other than Australian pop sensation Vanessa Amorosi.
The show itself serves as a drag reimagining of this point in Australian history, where Amorosi’s three backup singers prepare to steal the show in a murderous plot.
The show is brought to you by trio Samuel Russo, Tom Halls and Adam Ibrahim who wrote and performed the show. They play three fabulous best friends; ditzy, Ian Thorpe-obsessed Tami (Russo), fame hungry redhead Tiffanee (Halls) and Egyptian diva Toulfa (Ibrahim), who together make the girl group ‘The T-Boners’.
Through theatre, dance and song we are taken on a whirlwind journey with the trio as they plot to steal Amorosi’s crown. Simone French makes a special appearance starring as an Adidas tracksuit wearing Amorosi, who is equally as hilarious and hits some spectacular soprano notes throughout her performance.
The storyline is incredibly well crafted, and the characterisation created by Russo, Halls, Ibrahim and French in the space of just one hour is quite impressive, with subplots and intimate details about the background of each character cleverly interweaved into the main storyline.
The show parodies the naff-ness of late 90s/early 2000s Australian pop culture in almost a Kath & Kim style manner which had the audience in continuous fits of laughter.
What I loved about this show is it makes you momentarily forget that you are in fact sitting in a tent watching a Fringe show; you become completely absorbed in the storyline and personal journeys of the characters. Not every show can do that. Russo, Halls, Ibrahim and French are natural born performers with a captivating stage presence, and together they have created a hilarious and original piece of theatre.
Admittedly, I walked into this show unplanned and unexpectedly, but I am seriously glad that I did. This is one you don’t want to miss.