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Review: Baby Bi Bi Bi at the ETU Ballroom - Fringe Hub Trades Hall

By Chloe Perrett

Back by popular demand for one night only, Baby Bi Bi Bi by Flesh Coloured Panties is a fast-paced and energetic one-hour long show best described as “wickedly fun, often filthy cabaret about being a bisexual woman”. Created by the outrageously gorgeous Samantha Andrew, Annabelle Larcombe, and Erin Patterson, the three women leave you wanting to scream ‘YES’ to more sexuality acceptance and leave you feeling a little frisky by the end of the whirlwind sixty minutes. The main topic of Baby Bi Bi Bi is so important a conversation to be had in the current climate of sexuality, dating, gender, and the LGBTQ community. Why is it that society is slowly becoming more accepting, however bisexuals still have to prove that they are queer enough or even don’t need to “pick a side”. 

Andrew, Lacrombe and Patterson open the show all wearing fun night club, festival fuelled costumes and matching sexy knee-high boots singing ‘Oh my god - am I Gay?’. They continue singing a delicious original score throughout the hour which adds pure brilliance, humour and heart  to the show with the essence of Kate Nash, Kate Miller-Heidke and Regina Spektor. ‘Two become One’ is delivered throughout the show by comical genius, Larcombe and she somehow continues to get funnier with each hybrid jungle.

We get to experience the Portable Vagina closet as it stands centre stage in all its glory and complemented by the fun and extreme choreography to each song. It would be so great to see more of the Portable vault like vagina used more throughout the show.  

It’s no surprise that the girls impersonate trashy heterosexual men making smart remarks about bisexuals and the squirming look of judgement you receive when you announce to a room of strangers that you’ve slept with men and women; only to then reluctantly explain to people what it actually means to be bisexual. The emotional crux is obvious when Patterson starts the conversation of the extreme weight a person harbours before ‘coming out’ to their friends and family.

 Baby Bi Bi Bi’s pin-drop moment is definitely created when all three  perfectly articulate their own experiences of ‘coming out’ to family members in the most average of places.  The audience gets to chuckle as Andrew’s re-enacts her sisters funny remarks about “Not eating meat anymore” and how she always knew her sister was little bit gay.  The show's pin-drop moment comes hard and fast when Larcombe confesses that after ‘coming out’ her family were so un-supportive that she has never mentioned it again. Your heart breaks a little for her as she stands there vulnerable and yearning for acceptance from her loved ones. 

Patterson finishes off the scene with a heart wrenching ballad that leaves a lump in your throat. Andrew’s shock wig reveal takes a hug stab at the LGBTQ community and questions why can’t lesbian and bisexual women be feminine? Why are we so conditioned to assume that in order to be gay you must attain a more butch-esque appearance and behaviour. 

Baby Bi Bi Bi is a hilariously comedic and heart-warming cabaret that should be seen on more stages around Australia. 

The biggest question of the show gets my nod of approval; Why don’t we just have one kind of love and accept it for all it’s shades and shapes? 

Baby Bi Bi Bi was only on for one night only but I highly encourage chucking them a social media follow @fleshcolouredpanties. These genius Girl boss babes are in the process of writing a musical and you don’t want to miss it in 2020

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