Three ladies in shiny, silver suits walked up to me one day and that was it. I was intrigued and I wanted to become these ladies' best friend! While I'm still fangirling at how enjoyable it was to meet the ladies from Bad [w]Omen a couple of weeks ago, I was curious to learn more about the show - what it was about, what people can expect from the show, and why you should be (like me) and support this show this Adelaide Fringe season. Have a read of our exchange below:
Tema: Can you please tell me a little bit about yourselves, ladies? Who are the key cast members? Jennie: Hi! We're BAD [w]OMEN! Our cast consists of Chloe Culpin, Rosie Blackadder and Jennie Hall.
Tema: Where do you all originate from? Jennie: We're all from various different parts of the UK; Chloe and Rosie met at University in Birmingham, and then Rosie and I actually met in Adelaide last year, working as staff for the Fringe.
Tema: How did you come together to form this show? Jennie: We've all been collectively writing comedy in our own time, and working in all different capacities in arts and comedy festivals. So much of the work we've seen over the years has been inspiring. At Edinburgh Fringe this year, we decided it was time to add our voices to the conversation.
Tema: Explain the outfit choice, ladies! Jennie: What outfit? These are our regular everyday clothes!
In seriousness, I think subconsciously, we were inspired by our Lord and saviour, Noel Fielding's mirror ball suit. In a Fringe festival where everyone is vying for the public's attention, we also thought it would be important to be recognisable, to have a brand. And since the show is called Mirrors, what better than a shiny silver suit?
Tema: Where can I get an outfit like that? Jennie: Look, we'd love to pretend they were custom made but it's a zero budget show (Fringe life!), and so we ordered them from Ebay for 17GBP. Get involved! Disclaimer: they're really very toasty – the things we do for art!
Tema: What was the theme that you were going for, with this show? Jennie: The comedy we write is pretty surrealist, but with larger than life characters that stem from everyday people and situations we've all found ourselves in. The idea is that the audience will see something they recognise reflected in our characters (and our outfits).
Tema: In a nutshell, what is the basic idea of the show? Jennie: It's a sketch show with a feminist edge. We're satirising everyday people and situations that we think lots of women unfortunately find themselves in. We're taking the piss to take the power from the people who create these rubbish situations.
Tema: What can people expect from attending your show? Jennie: A whirlwind journey with lots of ridiculous character comedy, and a banging soundtrack!
Tema: Can you tell me a bit about your title? How did you come up with it? Jennie: BAD [w]OMEN is obviously a play on words - the concept of society telling us we should be 'ladylike' or more to act more 'like a woman' in our eyes is so stupid – what does that even mean? It's archaic and lame. So we're also saying 'hi, we're a bad omen for all these dusty old attitudes that aren't useful for moving forward with a progressive society'.
Tema: How did you decide on the venue for your show (great choice, by the way!)? Jennie: We love the Producers. In our eyes, it's the best independent Fringe venue in Adelaide and suits our show down to the ground. There was never really any question. Also, shout out to Eleanor and Marcel who make it everything it is. We love you guys.
Tema: What are the core themes that you're hoping to present in your show? I'm getting lots of futuristic and sci-fi vibes, not to mention comedy as well! Jennie: We really like portraying recognisable characters from the every day with a surreal twist. You'll see some of the otherworldly in our characters – not necessarily in a sci-fi sense, but we do love to embrace the ridiculous.
Tema: What inspired you to get involved with the Adelaide Fringe? Jennie: We love Adelaide as a festival and a city. It's one of the friendliest places we've ever been to in the world and every time we come back, it's like coming home. We've worked at plenty of other festivals, but to us, Adelaide was always the right choice to debut the show.
Tema: Have you been involved with other Fringe festivals around Australia or overseas? Jennie: Yes! Collectively we've worked at Edinburgh Fringe since 2014, and Adelaide Fringe and other Australian comedy festivals since 2016. We've done every job under the sun. Festivals are manic and amazing to be a part of, and it's so exciting to be presenting work at Adelaide now.
Tema: Is there anything else that you'd like our readers to know about your show? Jennie: We really love the story of our show and hope you do too – you'll get a really awesome sticker at the end either way!
The show will be running from Feb 20 - March 2 at The Producers Bar on Grenfell Street.
Want to know more? Connect with the ladies' show on Twitter!