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Ladylike: A Modern Guide to Etiquette - Adelaide Fringe Review

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Capturing the modern woman in a nutshell
Louise Beuvnik was coerced into comedy during her university days. The Otago University in Dunedin NZ was where she first took to the stage to try stand up comedy after being urged by her peers.

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Louise Beuvnik brings her new show to Adelaide. Image from

"I had always been a theatre kid" she told me, "but being onstage all on your own was very different than being up there in a group". But Louise soon learned the skills of engaging an audience. Without realising, her friends had choosen her brillant career and she was off out into the world of creating laughter. Over the last 5 years, she has been doing comedy at all Fringe festivals in New Zealand, the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Perth Fringe and the big daddy of them all at Edinburgh Fringe. Beuvnik loves the connection and engagement with an audience and hers is a genuine talent.

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Louise looks great in her vintage outfit on stage. Image by Kat May

Now for her first time at Adelaide Fringe, she brings her new show, Ladylike: A Modern Guide to Ettiquette. She has written the hour long show and delivers herself completely and wholehearedly in this performance, as she instructs the audience on tips for the modern day woman. Things we need to know like how to please your man (yes, the mind boggles) and putting on your happy face to greet the world when it is impossible to bear. She covers the ups and downs of womanly life, the misadventures and the art of being ladylike. But I best not give the story line away.

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The cooking sketch in the show Ladylike is audience participation at its best. Image by Kat May.

Straight up she warns us there is swearing. And yes, there are moments of rudeness. The content may offend some men. Too bad. She had the audience of mostly women encaptured in her vintage persona and laughing out loud to her one liners and satire. Much of her musings is hidden in satirical social political statements. You need to be paying attention or you will miss the message. Beuvnik's feminist views strongly shine in her words. She uses her comedy well to address the inequalities women face today. She blends the social context of women's role in today's society with hilarious views on how to pretend we have manners. The cooking tips segment is really hilarious. Even more so is her not so charming song and dance skit. This reveals that Louise is funny in her own right and does not have to resort to crudeness. She knows how to capture the audience and keep them in the moment.

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Now will the real Louise stand up? Out of character real Louise is a darling. Image by Kat May.

I highly recommend Ladylike. It is a top show for a girls night out and this will surely be at hit for the Fringe here. The 6pm timeslot is a perfect show to kick off the night and then go on for a meal. This comedian will without doubt improve with age as life experience grows to build her repoitoire. Congratulations to Gluttony for accepting her Fringe season. Louise Beuvnik delivers a top little show that boils and pops like a coffee perculator and you walk out feeling uplifted.
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Why? For a good laugh with your mates
When: On every evening at 6pm, except for Monday.Season runs February 15th through to March 3rd.
Where: At the Freemasons Hall, 254 North Tce Adelaide. This is just up from Ayres House and opposite the Uni SA. Allow time to get there and get your seat.
Cost: FP $25 Conc and Groups $23
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