When Australian theatre icon Reg Livermore took to the stage of the Balmain Bijou in the 1970s to play the gender-flexing characters in his revolutionary cabaret Betty Blokk-Buster Follies, buttoned up Australian audiences had never seen anything like it and the show caused a national sensation.
Four-plus decades later and your average punter is considerably more blasé about subjects like gender-illusion and diversity (shout out Ru Paul’s Drag Race) and transgressive titillation (shout out omnipresent NSFW internet content).
So what does the reimagined and reinvigorated Betty Blokk-Buster bring to a media saturated and over exposed generation?
As show producer Andrew Henry puts it, it’s about the communal experience of seeing theatre with an audience of live humans with diverse perspectives.
“You want people shouting across the room and having a response, that’s the kerosene of live theatre,” Henry says, in conversation with UTS Professor Alan McKee. Watch the full, fascinating interview below, and get tickets below that.
Betty Blokk-Buster Reimagined7–26 January
Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent
$70–$89 + BF
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