Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Bourgeois and Maurice: Sugartits

Bourgeois and Maurice. Photo by Magnus Hastings.
Bourgeois and Maurice. Photo by Magnus Hastings.

Did anyone see that whirlwind go through Adelaide? That was the ab-fabtastic Georgeois Bourgeois and his sister Maurice Maurice.

They swept into town with their big hair, massive lashes and more glitter than Mars Bar on a Saturday night and pretty much slapped us in the face with their awesomeness.

This frenetic and hilariously camp duo are direct from the UK and they have a social agenda. Hoping pretty much every song was ironic (although there were bound to be a few audience members who thought they were being literal) Bourgeois and Maurice sang about social media, climate change, racism, and many other hot topics.  Social Networks (Make Me Feel Sh!t Sometimes) was a particular highlight (and possibly easily identifiable).

These performers are the full cabaret package.  Bourgeois is the camp, flamboyant character who demands the audience’s attention.  Maurice is the introverted (and very talented) musician of the two, accompanying Bourgeois on their romp. The costumes were simply fabulous – and almost channelling Patsy and Eddie of Ab-Fab fame.

What’s great about these comedic acts is the social conscience portrayed through humour and fun. If we can all laugh together we can change the world, right? Their vocal and instrumental talents rounded the show out with a level of charm and professionalism.

It was frantic and you’d be forgiven if you had a bit of whiplash, but a really slick part of this year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Hayley Horton

Hayley was an arts worker in South Australia for twelve years working freelance for small to medium clients as well as for companies such as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Theatre Company SA, Urban Myth Theatre of Youth and the Australia Business Arts Foundation. As part of her freelance work, Hayley founded the ATG Curtain Call Awards (which is now an annual gala event), co-produced three 24 Hour Show charity fundraiser events, has judged for the Adelaide Fringe Festival and reviewed for Aussie Theatre and the Adelaide Theatre Guide. Hayley now runs a boutique events and arts management business, Footlight Events and in her spare time, is involved with Adelaide’s amateur theatre community as a producer, performer and director.

Hayley Horton

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