‘Dudebox’ presents a line-up of “non-dudes tap dancing on the grave of the patriarchy”, a concept that was clear throughout the performance. In most scenes the performers delivered the message with nuance; whereas and in other scenes, the performers took a much more direct approach. Without spoiling the surprise and shock value elements of this show, it covered issues such as overt masculinity, marriage and other abstract representations of gender.
While this show would flourish even more in front of a debaucherous weekend crowd, the Wednesday night turnout got behind the performance, including a delightfully animated ‘intermission’. Many elements of this show were memorable (particularly those of a more revealing nature) but the particular highlights included a country and western song superbly executed and an excruciatingly well-delivered speech. These individual scenes highlighted the talent that was shared amongst the range of performers.
‘Dudebox’ was unpredictable and not a traditional cabaret/variety piece. Rather, it embraced absurdity and delighted in the reactions it received. The show comes with a variety of warnings so if you’re looking for something that contains “queer babes, facial hair, impotent car salesmen, plumbers' cracks and jock strapped chaos”, then this is the show for you!
Check out ‘Dudebox’ at the Melbourne Fringe Festival from 26 to 28 September 2018. For more information and to book tickets, click here.