Adelaide Cabaret Festival Review: Life in Plastic

FIFTY+SA Arts Reviewer, Samantha Foreman, shares her thoughts on Christie Whelan Browne's Life in Plastic for Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Life in Plastic is an emotive roller coaster ride through womanhood, and ovaries are optional.

A high energy performance summarising more than three decades of the highs and lows of female development. Insecurities, self loathing, dysmorphia and a relationship with the Queen of Plastic, Barbie, all explored with comic precision and accompanied by a soundtrack of female pop anthems.

Be prepared to be swept up in emotion as Whelan Browne takes you by the hand and drags you through a whirlwind of braces, cystic acne, periods, endometriosis, body hair, infertility and IVF. Celebrate the joy of her pregnancy and birth of her child.

This is a personal recount, and the footage and images are there to back it up. A performance akin to discovering a new best friend. Whelan Browne is real, relatable and you will want to embrace her in your own circle of sisterhood.

A one hour performance packed with memorable one liners, brilliant vocals and true emotion. Whilst this is an exploration of largely female issues, you do not need to identify as female to relate to a Life in Plastic.

Enjoy with a friend, and if you are easily offended, turn a blind eye to the inflatable male genitals that make their way through the audience, after all ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’.

Image credit: Claudio Raschella


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