Will Hannagan & James Halloran in Homos in Kimonos.
As part of the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, two of Australia’s hottest young cabaret icons come together for this camp-as-tits double bill. Joined by their shared love of gaudy Japanese outerwear, Will and James will perform two glorious cabarets for the price of one.
In James and the Halloran coy James plays unwitting host to a show-stealing, sparkling vaudevillian: The Halloran. Brisbane-born James makes his Melbourne debut, stealing the stage with his soaring counter tenor; his cabaret-opera inventions capturing the carnal and the weird.
In Highs, Lies and Shoestring Fries! Will’s abusive tryst with his brash and bolshie drag alter ego Mother Marxist, leads him to a narcissistic plan of self-commodification and fanciful fashion delusion. Joined by Bluegrass band the Scrimshaw Four this is a quipster cabaret of cold war proportions.
Their alter egos in tow, these two homos — who just love their kimonos — promise you a sinister night of sordid cabaret bliss.
For more information, visit Kin Collaborative or simply buy tickets direct from the MICF website!
Gaga (Jennifer Reed) has a powerful set of lungs and a voice that could easily belong to the pop hero herself, and the 6 or so costumes she dons over the 1.5 hour performance are characteristically absurd and eye-catching. Assange (Christopher Runciman) is convincing and pitiable.
But the real reason to watch this show is the talented, outrageously camp set of Gaga’s four ‘backup dancers’ who comprise the rest of the cast. They were brilliantly entertaining to watch, despite having no actual lines. Their mannerisms were hilarious and the dancing was spectacular (a number of lifts were carried out without any fanfare).
Altogether, the show was a terrifying blend of cute and cringe-worthy, with these two very different characters playing off one another. The songs were Gaga-esque originals, that could easily be fillers from one of her albums.
– Michelle Bagster, Adelaide University Union
Tickets are still available for Gaga V Assange in Adelaide!