Review | Laura Money
Are you ready for the hottest millennial party since Y2K? Sophie’s Slumber Party is where it’s at this FRINGEWORLD 2023! Sophie Joske is here to take you back to the era of butterfly clips, the Super S (if you know, you know) and body glitter – that’s right: it’s an early 2000s sleepover, baby! Joske is a character performer so usually doesn’t get to cut loose but this is her party, my friends and she’s about to have the time of her life. Inviting a variety of her closest FRINGEWORLD 2023 acts to join her, Sophie creates the ultimate cabaret night complete with burlesuqe, stand-up comedy, and singing.
Beginning the show in a self-induced funk, wallowing in self pity to Snow Patrol or something similar, Sophie gets herself up, rummages in her bumbag and puts on her war-paint – full body glitter. Sophie does nostalgia well. It’s subtle, like the font used in her powerpoint presentation, yet everything is perfectly themed. Her games reference things we stopped thinking about years ago – the Hilton sisters, anyone? – and her entire aesthetic makes this millennial feel so seen. The night I attended featured Veruca Sour dancing to Mean Girls The Musical. Dressed as Regina George in her Playboy Bunny outfit she slays all night long! Next is comedian Nicola Macri whose intimate film knowledge of early 2000s Hilary Duff is impressive. The fabulous Moxie Hart gets the blood pumping with a rendition of Sk8ter Boi that will make you feel like you’re in high school again and Drag King extraordinare Justin Sider is the obligatory hot boy. Sider has perfected the art of cheesy male performer, charming the ladies.
Literally everybody will be talking about Sophie’s Slumber Party and unlike the parties of your childhood this one’s a haven of inclusivity. Go and be cool by reliving your daggy youth – you’ll find you’re certainly not alone!
You can go hang with Sophie in the Perth Cultural Centre until 28th January 2023. TICKETS
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