As we stood in line to see Onstage Dating, a front of house staff member asked us if we wanted to volunteer to go on stage. (My boyfriend declined, which is a shame because his humiliation would have been hilarious) and I knew then that we would be in for an interesting experience.
Bron Batten storms the stage and starts talking about her love life. The 50 dates she's been on and basically how they've all failed.
Part theatre, part stand-up comedy, Bron then selects her date from the willing participants and invites him onstage. What follows is funny and entertaining and really quite awkward. There's also a fair amount of nudity, which depends on the willingness of the volunteer I suppose. Ours was ... willing.
Another member of my party told me to describe the show as "thought provoking, confronting, evocative and entertaining - from the opinion of an older man (60's) from a conservative regional area (Launceston)". I think he was drunk.
Onstage dating was fun, it was innovative and entertaining and a great light-hearted show to see on a Saturday night.
Also, note that Bon Bratten is brave. Very brave.
Onstage Dating is showing at Gluttony for the Adelaide Fringe.