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Adelaide Fringe '18: Betty Grumble Love & Anger (Or Sex Clown Saves The World AGAIN!)


Adelaide Fringe '18: Betty Grumble Love & Anger (Or Sex Clown Saves The World AGAIN!)

Mikaela Pontecorvo

Have you heard the news? The notorious sex clown is back and her mission: To save the world…again! That’s right Betty Grumble is here and ready to protest!

Using her naked body, in-your-face performance, eco sexuality, poetry and disco style movement… it will be a night you won’t forget. The audience grows with excitement as Grumble immerses herself in the book ‘SCUM Manifesto’ written by Valerie Solanas; little did we know that this was not only a book but more so a bible for Grumble.

As she ruffles through her suitcase the audience became intrigued. Grumble changed through multiple costumes until she wore nothing at all - each outfit told us a story on how she became Betty Grumble.

Grumble not only captivated the audience with her ability to sing but she took us on a journey through her poetry. Her powerful voice inspired the crowd and through the moments of silence, we all saw a different part of Grumble; the innocent, itching to be free women who has a lot to say and knows how to say it.

Grumble encourages embracing your sexuality and urges us to push back from society, breaking the chains of the ‘social norm.’ There is no topic left untouched, whether it’s feminism, the environment, sexuality, love and anger, if you have something to celebrate you’ve come to the right place. Her infectious voice had us hooked, ending each powerful statement with a cheeky smile bound to win the critics over.

I had no idea what I was walking into but what I can say is this: Betty Grumbles performance is not for the faint hearted, she encourages, embraces and fights for the right to be free. She WILL take her clothes off and she WILL deliver jaw-dropping moments; but that’s just all part of Grumbles charm… (you might even get a bloody souvenir at the end…)

Star rating: 4 out of 5