I have a complicated relationship with The Blue Room Theatre.
I truly do love her dearly and all that she represents. But it’s the unpredictability of what I will get once I enter the main room that keeps me up on my proverbial toes. Maybe it will be an uncomfortable and in-depth recount of someone’s personal trauma or maybe it’ll be a wonderful, genuinely good piece of theatre.
Luckily for me, BITE ME was the latter.
BITE ME follows the journey of an avocado, a chilli and a steak in the final hours of late-night supermarket shopping, desperate to be taken off the shelf before the end of closing.
Filled with fresh zingers and sultry spandex dance moves, BITE ME thrives in its dialogue, direction and performances. Particular shout out to Courtney Cavallaro who played the Chili. Never thought I’d see someone in a chilli costume orgasm on stage but then again, it’s Fringe and here we are.
BITE ME wasn’t revolutionary but it didn’t seem like it was trying to be, either. It was a fun, ‘fresh’ way of looking at things I think most of us can recognise anyway. Instead it stuck to its stride and what we got was a bright, funny and flavoursome production. And that was just fine by me.
Credit to writer Sian Murphy, I think the merits in the silliness of the play proved to be a reminder of how futile and perfunctory our societal occupations with body image, sisterly competition and male validation are.
What I enjoyed most about BITE ME was that it wasn’t sucked down in what it was trying to say. The characterisation, direction and writing all seemed to come before the message which I found awfully refreshing. Affirming that just because you are saying something important, you cannot ignore how you say it.
BITE ME was a lovely night out, getting me in my heart, but not before reaching at my stomach.
Four bright spandex pants out of five.
Words by Sophie Minissale
Sophie is living in denial that her sore throat is an indication that she’s going to get sick soon. @sophieminissale
BITE ME is on at the Blue Room Theatre for a few more nights. Tickets are $21 and you can get them here.
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