FRINGE REVIEW: 'A Disney Tribute: Once Upon a Teaser'
With traditional Burlesque, routines and performances usually will follow a theme throughout the show. Say, the music will be classical or all performers will wear masquerades. But with fringe, the weird and wonderful is always encouraged, bringing out the most unexpected of pairings.
Cue, Fringe 2019’s most unexpected but still all the more fabulous, burlesque show: A Disney Tribute: Once Upon A Teaser. As the title suggests, this high-energy spectacle combines the very PG-rated theme of Disney characters with not-so-PG routines. Landing on our western shores for the very first time after sell out stints at other fringe festivals like Adelaide, it was easy to see why all shows have been sold out.
Opening the hour long enchantment was a very traditional Snow White. However, what was underneath the red and blue cloak would make even Walt Disney blush, Red Apple nipple pasties and all. What followed was a group of excellently talented performers, with classic characters such as a tantalising Cinderella hell bent on making a man out of one very shy audience member. Tinkerbell used her uh, wits, to break out from Hook’s Cage and closing the show was a fierce adaptation of the jungle book who swing danced her way to be queen of the jungle.
A performance of Olaf from Frozen taught the audience that apparently snowmen become quite frisky when their clothes melt away and a mad Cruella De Vil rounded out the seriously saucy show. Although both equally enchanting and entertaining, A Disney Tribute seemed to be over all too soon as certain parts did feel slightly rushed. However, I think it will be the best Disney inspired burlesque I’ll see for a long time, with all women showcasing the wonderful art that is burlesque. Routines were flawless and storylines were imaginative, while still keeping with the traditional sexiness and raunch that is expected.
4/5 Olaf Nipple Pasties
A Disney Tribute is currently sold out, but keep an eye on their Facebook page for future performances!