A huge sob caught in my throat. My eyes darted around the theatre to see if anyone heard, only to see others with tears in their eyes.
This is not what I expected at a musical.
I love musicals. Musicals make me happy.
Not this musical.
This musical is about domestic violence. And it’s brilliant.
B-Girl at the Sydney Opera House is a glam-rock musical odyssey that tackles domestic violence themes with the fury it deserves.
Created by iOTA, award winning actor, singer and composer, and director Craig Ilott the highly original storyline pushes you back in your seat.
It’s the story of Rachel, played savagely by Blazey Best, a downtrodden mousy woman in a violent marriage who escapes into her alter-ego, Clifford North, played with buckets of swagger by iOTA.
“Craig came up with the idea,” says iOTA. “It’s the story of a girl in an abusive relationship who escapes into a fantasy world of glam rock. I thought about it for five seconds and then said let’s do it. We’re both pretty sensitive guys and we can put ourselves in situations like that. We certainly came at it with empathy and compassion.”
I found it unsual that Rachel’s alter ego is male.
“Cliff isn’t really male. He’s more gender fluid. It’s about strength and confidence. It’s about freedom, losing the freedom and trying to regain it. It’s about finding confidence through some other influence,” he says.
Flipping like a fish on a jetty, the show is both inspiring and heart wrenching.
The contrast is eerily depicted in one spoken word piece – Swing. Clifford starts singing about the joy a young girl feels when her dad pushes her on a swing.