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Très Masc?

By Kate Fisher on 07 Feb 2018

Cougar Morrison takes us along on a journey from struggling to fit in with the ideal of masculinity to being loud and proud. Some people can’t help but stand out, and it’s not always a bad thing!

She tells stories peppered with jokes; of running away then gaining confidence through travel and coming out to her traditional Italian family despite fear.

The search for identity and acceptance is a familiar tale but Morrison made the show entertaining with relevant songs, dance and plenty of sassy humour.

There were some hilarious TMI moments which revealed the unglamourous reality of dressing in drag.

Two backup dancers accompanied her with some impressive choreography, which allowed the star time for multiple costume changes. Each gorgeous costume had more sparkle than the last and the backup dancers even had complimentary outfits.

Having trained at WAAPA, Morrison’s singing is truly beautiful when used to full potential, however to keep the show light and fun it was often playfully disguised with accents and sarcasm.

The accent occasionally wavered as the storytelling touched on tender personal history, dropping the mask of the drag persona to reveal the real person underneath.

The heartfelt moments of genuine emotion were quite affecting and even made my eyes a little moist.

Morrison also made a couple of passing political comments, celebrating the positive result of the postal survey & subsequent change to Australian marriage law.

Overall the show was fun, dazzling to the eyes and generally enjoyable, but I would have liked more of the story to be explored in greater depth. I felt there was more to be discussed about the choice to reject the unachievable ideal of masculinity, similarly restrictive stereotypes within the gay community as well as the irony of performing in drag; a caricature of femininity.

Ending
12 Feb 2018
Connections Nightclub
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Kate Fisher

Kate Fisher

Kate has been lurking around the fringe for a few years and has finally decided to do something . . . but like "those that can't do, teach"; "those that can't perform, review". Kate likes burlesque, cabaret weirdos, music and cats. When not bingeing on the fringe she can generally be found attending local music gigs.

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