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Bubble Show for Adults Only - Adelaide Fringe Review

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by Chloe Cannell (subscribe)
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Bubbles have never been sexier
Overall rating: ★★★★1/2

Sex-themed shows walk a fine line between cringe and comedy, safe and risky, and sexy and off-putting; Bubble Show for Adults Only finds that line and blows bubbles on it.

Performers Iulia Benze and Kurt Murray demonstrate disciplined physical theatre, clowning and mime to create an engaging performance from start to finish with minimal dialogue. The playful performance combines cabaret, neo-burlesque and bouffon to make a magically bizarre late-night show. The innovative use of bubble artistry for wet, naughty antics is always fun, surprising and a little weird.

Benze and Murray's ability to build bubble structures while telling a story, involving the audience and changing costumes is unbelievably skilled. The frequent costume changes throughout the show grab your attention and add more laughs. The high-paced show has a few narrative arcs that seem at odds with the overall piece, but it is impossible to look away.

The engagement with the audience is where the show really shines as they invite an audience member to do bubble tricks with them or join in on the raunchy fun in other ways. With numerous technical elements happening simultaneously, it is impressive the lighting and sound hits every mark. The array of music adds humour to the show and the focus on visuals makes the show suitable for audiences who speak English as a second language. The flat seating makes some things difficult to see at floor level, but it rarely interferes with enjoying the show. To see bubbles like you've never seen them before, you can't miss Bubble Show for Adults Only.

Bubble Show for Adults Only will be performing at Gluttony until March 14, as part of Adelaide Fringe. Book at FringeTIX.

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Date attended: 7/03/2020
*Chloe was invited as a guest.
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Why? Mix of bubble artistry, physical theatre & neo-burlesque
When: Feb 7 - 14 (no Mon Wed)
Where: Empire Theatre at Gluttony, Rymill Park / Mullawirraburka, Corner of East Terrace and Rundle Rd, Adelaide, SA, 5000
Cost: $15 - 25
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