Write because you want to, not because you have to.
Published March 14th 2019
Overall rating: ★★★★★ Date attended: 14/03/2019
After debuting at the Adelaide Fringe last year, we are, once again, welcomed by the presence of our well-loved and beautiful Drag Prince, who goes by the name Alfie Ordinary. Don't be fooled by his name though, because he is anything but ordinary.
Alfie Ordinary is a euphemism in a utopian universe, where heteronormativity takes a back seat and where everyone is unbound by societal restrictions to be the free-spirited individual that they aspire to be. Adorned in a variety of outfits that razzle and dazzle throughout the show, Alfie Ordinary is a quiet and gentle boy, who boasts of exuberant flamboyancy and has a voice that can stun and surprise audiences at a moment's notice. Taking us on a quest towards discovering our inner fabulous individual that is embedded within, Alfie Ordinary casts a calm and relaxed persona, as he portrays his journey through the art of eloquent storytelling and narrative of his time at Madame Lecoq's School for Fabulous Boys. Intertwined with fun segments of song and playful little skits that include our dear Alfie playing football in a smoky red sequined outfit and a deep and poignant conversation with Siri, Alfie Ordinary talks us through his childhood and how he came to the realization that he was 'fabulous'.
Alfie Ordinary demonstrates is that everyone can take that path towards finding their inner 'fabulous self' in a space that is safe, inviting, and oh so accepting! It gently reminds us to acknowledge and appreciate our self-worth and not shy away from recognizing our own unique individuality and identity that makes us who we are (read in a whispering voice: 'fabulous'). Addressing the issues around toxic masculinity and heteronormativity through a lighthearted and fun context, Alfie Ordinary depicts two sides - of what it's like to 'come out' vs the fear of 'coming out' (which is demonstrated by another character 'Jon'). By unleashing his femininity in a theatrical representation that crushes gender norms and throws gender-based stereotypes out the window, Alfie Ordinary presents to us a show that delightfully challenges traditional views and adds a signature flair to it all by adding excitement, energy, and empowerment to those who wish to be their real selves in a thoroughly confident manner.
There is a brilliant and sparkly mix of drag, cabaret, puppetry, comedy, and music that makes this 60 minute show fly far too quickly and leaves you in a constant state of awe and inspiration for this wonderful individual who boasts of a ton of substance and sass. While Alfie is revealed to be a figment of Jon's imagination towards the end of the show, we all collectively agree that we could do with a bit more of Alfie Ordinary fabulousness in our lives. With a twinkle in his eyes, he is able to radiate happiness and joy with his solo show that has honorary supporting acts by Whitney Houston and Bette Midler (as puppets, but equally satisfying and exhilarating to watch). Expect to be showered with love in heart-shaped confetti, as Alfie Ordinary is dressed in sequin, sparkle, and glitter from head to toe and delivers a seriously uplifting show that surrounds you with love, laughter, and shiny, bedazzled lights all around.
Pro tip from Alfie Ordinary: Some people are fabulous... just get over it!
Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous will be performing at Gluttony till March 17, as part of Adelaide Fringe. Book your tix here.