Adelaide Premiere | Australia
On 16 April 1975, a saucy hausfrau with a feather duster and a bare bottom stepped onto the stage of the Balmain Bijou to change the face of Australian Theatre. Betty Blokk-Buster Follies was the talk of the town. The one-man show was hailed by The National Times as “the greatest thing since Rice Bubbles” and its creator, Reg Livermore, became a star.
The Bijou is no more (converted to apartments) but Betty lives again in a brand-new show by Red Line Productions.
Inspired by the original 1975 staging and reimagined with Livermore’s imprimatur, this 21st century Betty Blokk Buster invites audiences back into the theatre, where a live band and Betty’s coterie of reinvented has-beens, battlers, freaks and survivors are waiting to wow a new generation.
★★★★½ - Simply extraordinary. A revelation Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★ - It is a homage to Livermore and a wonderful reminder of his massive impact on Australian theatre while reinventing the material for audiences today Limelight Magazine
★★★★ - A bare-arsed, sexy-as-hell triumph Stage Noise
Director: Craig Ilott
Writing By: Mary Rachel Brown, Louis Nowra, Reg Livermore
Lighting Designer: Trent Suidgeest
Set Designer: Brian Thomson
Costume Designer: Tim Chappel
Musical Director: Andrew Worboys
Choreography: Ellen Simpson
Sound Designer: Anthony Lorenz
Image: Daniel Linnet