A Shiny Life For Me!

a personal review blog by Bianca

Beauty And The Beast

Beauty And The Beast
03 November 2018
The King’s Head Theatre

5.0 out of 5.0 stars

Being in lockdown due to the corona virus pandemic, I thought I’d use the time to work on my backlog of shows I never got around to review back when I actually saw them. I just don’t always have the time to write reviews right away and sometimes they just fall into an eternal backlog that I am now striving to work through! I actually viewed this production on 03 November 2018 and am writing the review with my theatre notes written during and after the performance.

In November 2018 I was lucky enough to grab tickets to see Fat Rascal Theatre’s musical parody of Beauty And The Beast. I absolutely love this theatre company, they do the best parodies. This version of Beauty And The Beast is fully gender-swapped, with Belle becoming Beau, Beast being a gorgeous furry lady, and Gaston becoming Chevonne.

The Fat Rascal troupe is packed with talent and great at taking any topic and making a fiercly feminist comedy version. This gender-swapped version of the well known tale was delightful and hilarious all in one. Belly-achingly funny and gorgeously presented, this fairy tale is something else. Presenting social norms and assumptions in the ridiculous light that shows their flaws clearly, this isn’t just a comedy production, it’s a statement!

Despite the props, backdrop, and costumes being somewhat simplistic, this show really has it all and convinces singlehandedly. I can’t emphasize enough how ludicrously entertaining this production is. Go follow Fat Rascal Theatre on all the social medias and keep a close eye on their production announcements. They’re worth it!

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