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5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche - Adelaide Fringe Review

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by Chloe Cannell (subscribe)
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You've got to see what these women do with quiche
Overall rating: ★★★★1/2

The Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein invite you to the 1956 annual quiche breakfast, but just as tensions reach breaking point between the women an atomic bomb alarm sounds. The women consider the fate of the world locked in a bunker with no men and briefly think that maybe the only downside is no fresh eggs.

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The cast of 5 Lesbians =eating a quiche


Sydney-based theatre company Theatre Travels debut another brilliant production in Adelaide. Hosted in the beautiful rooftop bar Nineteen Ten, this venue is known for jazz and burlesque nights so this theatre production may be a surprise to regular attendees, but theatre plays with the space in fun and unique ways. A stage sits beside the rooftop pool with a table set up next to it featuring the women's baked goods and a banner behind it reading the society's event. The cast enter the show and mingle with audience members as if we too are members of the society. As the show progresses, we the audience are always included in the discussions of these female characters and thrown a few opportunities for a line too. The cast make this audience participation feel smooth and natural. The production utilises the space well with performers standing at different levels on and off stage and in the audience. While there's some turning to look at performers speaking near the bar or by the piano, the cast is always visible in the intimate space.

The play follows five women pretending to be widows with comedic nods to their hidden sexuality. The metaphor of egg and thereby quiches for womanhood is frequently mentioned throughout the show (note the show centres cis women language). The sexual innuendo jokes come flying but the actors smash every line, especially those through physical movement. With spectacular chemistry and a flair for the melodramatic the show calls for; the cast makes seemingly simple dialogue between women flow with ease and humour. As the atomic bomb hits, the twists of the show leave you caught between a gasp or a laugh.

For fans of queer theatre, this show allows it lesbian characters be unique and silly and funny every step of the way. It's an absolute joy to proudly shout 'lesbian' with the actors and the entire audience. 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche is the most dynamic piece of theatre I've ever seen at Adelaide Fringe.

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche's last show as part of Adelaide Fringe is 4pm at Nineteen Ten. Buy tickets here. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with future shows and more productions from Theatre Travels.

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Why? Absurd comedy filled with joy
When: Sunday 13th March 4pm
Where: Nineteen Ten
Cost: $25.50 - 34
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