Bourgeois & Maurice: How to Save the World Without Really Trying
- Claire Sawers
- 7 August 2016
This article is from 2016
Twisted show tunes from Weimar-esque duo hit their very modern targets
Pretend brother and sister cabaret duo, Bourgeois & Maurice return from the other dimension they've been hiding in (they last visited the Fringe four years ago) to put the world to rights through twisted show tunes. 'Planet Earth is having a wobble right now', they observe, and it's time to put their powers of internet clicktivism in action, and semi-commit to maybe going on a protest march if their diaries are free.
A spectacular looking pair of creatures in neon make-up and bespoke latex and sequins, George Heyworth and Liv Morris lavish sarcastic praise on traditional British values (getting away with war crimes, Yewtree, slavery etc) in one song, and lament the fact that everyone except them is at a chemsex party in another. Gender identity, modern love and Maurice's personal problems with the patriarchy all have fun violently poked at them (she'd like to kill all men, she bellows in a soaring keyboard rant, while her brother is offstage, slipping into a Theresa May-themed rubber ensemble of dictatorial utility chic).
Bringing the Weimar cabaret tradition of satire and flamboyance bang up to date for current LGBTQI audiences or any 'humansexual' who enjoys bitchy song and dance numbers, their doom-laden messages are a treat in fetish heels and power eyelashes.
Underbelly Cowgate, until 28 Aug (not 15), 9.25pm, £11–£12 (£10–£11).