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Boys - Adelaide Fringe Review

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by Tayla Giles (subscribe)
Tayla Giles
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Event: 19/02/2019 02/03/2019

Overall rating: ★★★1/2

Date Attended: 01/03/2019


Melody Howlett tackles feminism and fragile masculinity with fine finesse in Boys

Swooping in to solve 2019's fragile masculinity crisis is Melody Howlett with her performance art-meets-comedy Boys.

Held in the cosy confines of Hell's Kitchen in the Rhino Room, Boys takes audiences on an educational journey through modern-day news stories and personal anecdotes, all of which stem from a society which has been deeply dictated by the patriarchy.

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Describing herself as "an ultra-femme 5'5 dork in heels", Melody Howlett is a psychology and gender studies graduate with a passion for intersectional feminism, gender equality and healthy relationship education.

Howlett takes a head-on approach as she tackles a broad variety of taboo topics ranging from sexual assault, gender inequality and fragile masculinity, tying it all together with a sprinkling of droll humour and sarcasm.

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Seemingly light and humorous comedic acts eventually reveal concerning statements and behaviour taken from real-life scenarios, provoking critical reflection and introspection amongst audience members.

Confronting one moment then chuckle-worthy the next, Melody Howlett's debut show Boys is an all-inclusive performance in a genre of its own, proving to be a must-see for men, women and non-binary alike.

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Although Melody Howlett's string of Fringe shows may be over, her wit and wisdom are available for hire as she also delivers her shows at high schools, universities and social groups.
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Where: Hell's Kitchen, The Rhino Room, 131 Pirie Street, Adelaide, SA, 5000
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