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Dizney Rascal (Rebecca Humphries / Freestival)

By | Published on Wednesday 20 August 2014

At its best, Rebecca Humphries’ cabaret Disney-fest is a sharp, feminist, revisionist critique of princess plots in childhood favourites like ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘Sleeping Beauty’; at its worst, it’s bad karaoke. Humphries comes up with clever, witty lyrics which she sings to Disney tunes, and she constructs an amusing meta-narrative that follows the typical story arc of a Disney film. Her ‘Disney Princess Song’ is brilliantly observed and performed, and projected videos add an extra element to the singing. Unfortunately she doesn’t quite manage to unpick the tricky themes she addresses: the latent misogyny, heteronormativity and predominantly white characters (or lions) in happy ending stories. Disney fans will love it but, like a Disney movie, the moral lacks any real depth.

Fingers Piano Bar, until 23 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Tim Bano]