By John Clancy.
Directed by Marcelle Schmitz.
With Daniel Frederiksen, Olga Makeeva, Dion Mills, Andrea Swifte & Adam Pierzchalski
Set: Peter Mumford.
Lighting: Stelios Karagiannis
Sound: Russell Goldsmith
Costumes: Olga Makeeva
Choreography: Peta Coy
Stage Manager: Shinobu Ito
A WORD of warning: if you are in any way offended by swearing, don’t bother reading any more. This play is not for you.
For those who secretly delight in infantile idiocy and profound profanity, step up.
Fatboy is a brutal, vicious update on Albert Jarry’s Ubu Roi, and proves the importance of mocking dictators and their sheep-like subjects is as great now as it was when Jarry’s play was written more than 100 years ago.
The new king is Fatboy (Daniel Frederiksen) and in this sinister burlesque he has consumed, killed or enslaved almost everyone and everything. His sins culminate in a war crimes tribunal, but with weasel words, manipulation and a filthy singalong it’s clear justice is probably more than blind, she’s also bored, bawdy and bigoted.
The manic energy, dark humour and self-referential irony of Clancy’s writing thunders off the stage from everyone involved in this scathingly cynical spectacle.
Kate Rose, Herald Sun 28/03/10