FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Rude Awakening Sex Shame Liberation | 4 stars

Review | Laura Money

Join the effervescent Amber Topaz as she takes you on a journey through the origins of life, the wondrous nature of our sexual organs, and starts an open conversation about love, life, sex, and taboo. Rude Awakening Sex Shame Liberation is about tearing down those barriers and realising that it’s 2018 – we should be comfortable talking about sex!

Topaz is a brilliant performer – she struts onstage in 4 inch heels (I know they’re that length because Topaz informs us that the clitoris is the same size!) and entertains the bejeezus out of us. Ginger locks and pin-up makeup combine with sexy burlesque clothing and hazard tape to create the unique Amber Topaz. She tackles the science of conception, and sexual health and incorporates it all into a cabaret show like no other.

The songs are a real treat to witness, from a period enlightening rendition of ‘Wuthering Heights’ to a song extolling the virtues of drinking, Topaz pulls out all the stops! She has a remarkable voice and is so quick – her lightning reflexes during the German version of ‘I Touch Myself’ is a delight to witness. Topaz is a true talent in burlesque and her crowd interaction is smooth and easy. Despite the topic, she doesn’t encourage people to expose themselves or even talk openly about their sex lives but eases you gently into demystifying the big topic.

Topaz is an incredibly giving performer. She reaches into the ‘Womb Of Truth’ to answer your secret sex questions, giving advice that is consistently kind. She takes her cue from nature, encouraging the audience to ‘Shake it Off’ like a hunted gazelle and literally strips bare to show her human side. This show is all about love, acceptance, and being kind to each other. If you were expecting stripping and a raunchy night out, you would be wrong – this show is about exposure but only to love.

WHEN: 20 – 25 February 2018 | 10:45pm

WHERE: The Shambles | Fringe Central | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $25 – $29.50 | Duration 60 mins | Suitable 18+ | COMEDY



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