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The Flanagan Collective: Babylon

Babylon is about politics, the media, and what we blindly allow to happen. It bundles you up in delirious people-power euphoria, then spits you out wondering what the hell just happened and how everything could have possibly come to this.

It is particularly resonant with the current state of affairs in #auspol.

Welcome to the Party. Which party? That's up to you. What are their policies? Who cares, as long as we can pay for the hot wings and get our port allocation. What does the Queen think about all this? Who knows, we're writing her speeches. Things are going downhill fast and there's nothing we can do to stop it. Or is there?

Honestly, I'm struggling to even describe what happened in the Queen's Theatre that night. It was raucous, it was wonderful, it was utterly original. Cabaret with maximum audience participation. Total chaos.

This is the most fun you'll have all Fringe that will actually make you think.

The Flanagan Collective are a UK group known for their innovative theatre in unusual settings. They have brought three shows to Adelaide Fringe this year, and now I've seen Babylon I'm gagging for the rest.

You'll want to jump straight back on the ride and go again.

If you want to get the most out of this show, brush up on your nouns and the definite article, and prepare some items for the political agenda. In other words, the audience is part of the show, so dive in. Luckily I got to one of the first nights, and our small audience was fully swept up in every scene.

I just can't recommend this show enough. It's outrageous, original, and compelling. Get there before it gets too popular!

★★★★★

For show times and to book tickets, see the Fringe guide.

Jen St Jack

Jen St Jack

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