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GINGZILLA: Glamonster VS The World at Adelaide Fringe 2018 - Review

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by Tema (subscribe)
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A beautiful beast who can't be tamed
Promotional poster (Sourced from the Adelaide Fringe website)

Overall rating: ★★★★★

Date attended: 02/03/2018

Last year, she visited the Adelaide Fringe with a "scratch performance" that ended up winning the hearts of Adelaidians far and wide. Additionally, she also won 3 awards - Best Cabaret at the Adelaide Fringe 2017 (weekly), Overall Innovation Award at the Adelaide Fringe 2017, and Word Fringe Alliance Festival Award 2018.

So, it's no surprise to see our 7ft glamonster back in her natural element and if anything is to go by the reception of the audience tonight, you won't want to miss watching Gingzilla o-w-n that stage with her sensational voice, her impeccable makeup skills, and her majestic beard that will leave you questioning your orientation!

Welcoming us to her show, Gingzilla was dressed as one of the most gorgeous bearded women in the galaxy, as she handed out mini popcorn buckets and gave us each a hug for coming out and supporting her. As someone who has never really perfected the art of makeup, doesn't have "legs for days", and is what you'd envision to be the perfect version of an "awkward potato", Gingzilla has not only become an icon, but also a source of inspiration for embracing every single part of her - what is conventionally viewed as being beautiful as well as the more unique features that makes her who she is - a motherf###ing glammonster!

Once we are seated in the much more spacious and performance-friendly venue - Spiegel Zelt tent - in Gluttony, we are treated to a drive-in cinema experience, where we are shown snippets of how women were perceived and expected to be quiet, submissive, and/or painted in makeup to "make your man happy" and prevent him from "straying to another woman".

Interspersed into this is Gingzilla, who through the juxtaposition of her superimposition into advertisements and movie clips from the "golden years", transforms before us on stage - going from a timid, naive woman who initially tries to stick by these rules and please her man, to a woman who simply can't be tamed and takes back control of her life... and herself!

Breaking down the boundaries and barriers that keep women from being themselves and addressing the issues around feminity and gender-based expectations, Gingzilla is the calling that women didn't know they needed...till now! In a mission to conquer the world, Adelaide Fringe's bearded queen boasts of skills around smizing, flaunting legs for days, and a voice that is bound to leave you breathless.

Hitting the notes at all the right octaves and frequencies, Gingzilla captivated her audience as she sang the likes of The White Stripes' Seven Nation Army and Tina Arena's Chains (to name some personal favourites)!

(Photography by Fatema Sitabkhan)


An hour feels like an appropriate and typical timeframe for a Fringe show, but I can guarantee you that none of us wanted the show to end. When we eventually made our way out of the show, we were greeted to more hugs and chats with the glamonster, who is just as friendly as she is fierce!

Book your tickets to experience a truly creative form of cabaret here, but be quick, because Ging-motherfu##ing-zilla is very high in demand and might sell out before you know it!

Want to know more? Connect with the glamonster via her social media platforms:
Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // YouTube

Photography by Fatema Sitabkhan
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Why? If there is a list of shows that you cannot miss at the Adelaide Fringe this year, this one should be pretty high up on that list!
When: Adelaide Fringe season
Where: Spiegel Zelt at Gluttony
Cost: $23 - $30
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