Opening night at the kitsch cave of wonders, aka The Butterfly Club, South Melbourne. The downstairs auditorium cosily sits 45 people, so in-yer-face-theatre was likely to be expected.
I'd come to see 'Gobsmacked: Showbiz and Dating' a mini musical celebrating single life and the fervent friendship between a gay man and a straight woman with a mutual love for all things theatrical. The performers; Nikki Aitken and Jamie Burgess create a bedroom-type intimacy where the audience felt comfortable enough to singalong to snippets of karaoke classics and join in with inventive dance movements in between scene changes.
The show consisted of a witty original score that was effortlessly executed. Nikki Aitken showed off her vocal range with flair and emotion. The lyrics of songs such as 'Enjoying the Single Life' and 'Knight in Rainbow Armour' filled me with joy.
The tale of desperately seeking the perfect soulmate/climbing the slippery pole to stardom/feeling comfortable in your own skin was filled with sharp observational humour throughout. The duo bounced off one another with ease, making it a compelling watch.
A must see if you like camp cheeky jokes and diva power ballads!