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Walk on the dark side of love
When you are a little girl, with no siblings and you live alone with Mum, how do you entertain yourself?
Scarlet letters tell no lies
How do you learn to relate to men when your Dad is estranged, you have no brothers and no reliable male figure in your life?
Scarlett Belle takes love into her own hands and starts her own unsupervised research project. Scarlett sources information from adult magazines, online chat rooms and pornography and develops many cyber relationships that fail to materialise into real love and intimacy. Sound familiar?
Scarlett Belle now touring Australia
Scarlett Belle's Scarlet Letters is a cabaret that exposes a disturbing true story of a young girl's craving for intimacy and love, and her drift into the worlds of fetish, sexual exploration, drugs and polyamorous arrangements.
On entering the theatre you could be forgiven for thinking that you have entered 'Mr Grey's Red Room'. A tall character in full masque and cape provides you with an "Eyes Wide Shut' style masque to wear, and you quickly notice the dress of chains hanging on the wall. But beneath this veneer lies a disturbing story of a little girl, left to her own devices to find the love and validation, her parents were unable to provide.
As I watched this show I felt the distress of the child sitting inside the facade of Scarlett Belle. There were points in the show where I wanted to either rescue her or walk out. For that reason, I did not connect with the theatricality and music in the cabaret, which is a shame as Scarlett Belle is an accomplished musical performer and her voice and presentation is enigmatic. However, this show contains powerful messages that would benefit from further creative development and curation to balance theatricality with effective storytelling.
This story is not uncommon as we succumb to our 'new society' with the normalisation of online relationships. Scarlet Belle's Scarlet Letters it is a story worth telling and I look forward to seeing the further developments of this show and further work from Scarlett Belle.