The Butterfly Club: Tragedy

Susan Ann Walker and Margi de Farranti have created a personal and entertaining hour of song and memories of growing up in the 70s in their show Tragedy at The Butterfly Club, with the performance being anything but tragic.
The Butterfly Club: Tragedy
Susan-Ann Walker & Margi de Ferranti in Tragedy at The Butterfly Club Susan Ann Walker and Margi de Farranti have created a personal and entertaining hour of song and memories of growing up in the 70s in their show Tragedy, with the performance being anything but tragic. We arrived at the very quirky Butterfly Club in South Melbourne, well past my bedtime and after an enforced disco nap, which considering the show we were about to see, was very appropriate. Live entertainment is not something I am very familiar with, usually finding myself too shy for audience participation (yes, it is true) and just not that interested in The Osborne style of show a-la Las Vegas casinos. Last night I found myself singing along, laughing more than I have in almost any other show, and really enjoying myself. Blue eye shadow abounded, although not to the point of parody, you believed that these two women had delved into their personal histories, and possibly wardrobes, to produce the costumes they were appearing in. Both are experienced performers, with Susan Ann appearing in Beauty and the Beast and the Secret Garden and Margi in Mama-Mia and Les Miserables. This experience shone through some slightly awkward transitions between songs and forgotten lyrics and rather than creating discord with the audience it endeared them further. The show consisted of a number of songs from the 70s with anecdotes and repartee between (and during), there was also audience participation in singing along to old tv show themes. The moment of the hour for me was Susans rendition of Babushka by Kate Bush, she was able to evoke Kate Bush with the use of one chiffon scarf and some pretty convincing eye movements. Even not having grown up in the 70s this rendition rang many bells from my youth and was not overplayed, creating the one proper belly laugh for me. All in all this was an entertaining and fun hour to spend late on a Friday night, and if my naturopath would let me have alcohol I think I could have joined in the singing more than I did. I might even have had a small boogie. Event: Susan-Ann Walker and Margi de Ferranti in Tragedy Venue: The Butterfly Club

Zoe Wolfendale

Monday 23 March, 2009

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Zoë Wolfendale is a reviewer for ArtsHub.