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My Beautiful Black Dog (Brigitte Aphrodite and Boom Shakala Productions)

By | Published on Monday 17 August 2015

My Beautiful Black Dog

Looking like she could take on the world, in towering heels and an avalanche of glitter, Brigitte Aphrodite swaggers about the stage. In this play/gig/confessional, she takes depression, a subject often kept silent, and makes it really fucking loud. Flitting between gritty slam poetry and riot grrl screams, she shows that depression is more than just lying around your bedroom feeling sad. It’s a powerful statement, and the music, accompanied by collaborator ‘Quiet Boy’ is equally fierce. While some of the technical aspects are a little clunky, the voicemails from concerned friends and family have a real emotional impact on the audience. Like ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’, this show contains just the right amounts of pathos and chaos.

Underbelly, until 16 Aug.
tw rating 4/5