Review by Taylor Kendal
Since it’s debut in 1997, James Cameron’s Titanic has been the subject of a wealth of gags, recreations and re-enactments within the wide world of pop culture. However, it has never really been given quite the treatment it does in the latest offering from Melbourne’s favourite B-Boys, Dazza and Keif; Dazza and Keif Reenact The Titanic Movie Playing All The Roles.
For those who might be unfamiliar with the pair, as I was before this experience, Dazza and Keif ( Danni Ray and Keely Windred) are ‘just 2 best m8s who love breakin, tha ladiez, and getting fame’. Essentially, just two boys who are heavy on the comedy stylings of crude humour, dick jokes and of course, dance battle extravagance. While it might not be everyone’s cup of tea humour wise, the pair are truly unique and provide a fresh take on the comedy performance scene (despite entertaining Melbourne for quite some time) in a time where we need humour and laughter more than ever.
Its quite an ambitious task, taking on the mammoth 3 hour movie and recreating it in just under an hour, but 2 best m8’s are more than up to the challenge, and boy do they certainly deliver in their own very unique and hilarious style. The staging is minimal, but it fits so perfectly, after all; the focus is on Dazza and Keif.
Dazza and Keif take us on a journey back to the maiden voyage of the Titanic, or Tittanic rather, the ship of wet dreams, as they manage to skim through the events of the movie without actually leaving anything out of it. All the key moments in the movie are covered, though at times sparingly, portrayed with their own spin on each character that still stays true in a bizarre and hilarious way. And a movie as memorable as this is not without its iconic moments, from ‘I’m the king of the world!’ to ‘I’ll never let go’ and, of course the infamous steamy car scene that, quite frankly, is portrayed better than anything I have ever seen – original movie included.
What got me the most however, was the homage to Dan Andrews pressers in his North Face jacket and the not so subtle jab at the lack of support for the arts community (I tip my hat to you for that little input there).
Accompanying the familiar scenes are strangely fitting numbers, from Beyonce to N*Sync, interwoven with hilarious, phenomenal and astoundingly accurate dance routines that definitely had this reviewer bopping along in time.
Special mention has to go to Justin Nott and Ash Flanders for their guest performances, who admittedly are more than a little scene stealing in many ways. Just the, pardon the pun, tip of the iceberg for what is a hilarious and unique show.
Dazza and Keif Reenact The Titanic Movie Playing All The Roles is a hilarious escape for those who aren’t afraid of a little dirty humour, creative brilliance and just a good time all around.
Running until October 17.