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Adelaide Fringe 2012 Review: WE LOVE YOU! (as much as everybody else does)


WE LOVE YOU! (as much as everybody else does)

La Bohème

Season continues to March 10

Ghostboy, the self-proclaimed “neo-cabaret and spoken weird artist”, is a peculiar blend of creepy, articulate, poetic, insolent, unpredictable, sensitive and hilarious. He is a walking contradiction and very much in-your-face. He is also committed to making as many Clipsal references as possible and humiliating his ex-partner/accompanist Sir Lady Grantham along with a few other men in the house.

As he performs his daring solo set that drips with black humour, he keeps everyone on their toes. In La Bohème’s intimate space, Ghostboy takes a few sips out of a drink on the table, plants a kiss on the cheek, hurls insults, sobs uncontrollably in a tight embrace and makes a guy to take his shirt off as he works the crowd. The whole room is at times shell-shocked by his antics, but he gives just enough time for the audience to compose themselves, absorb the offbeat, yet insightful spoken words and click along to the hypnotic chant.

The ever-obliging Sir Lady Grantham is an exceptional multi-instrumentalist with flowing locks in a fetching frock.

He can do more with his outrageous material and has what it takes to be a peerless frontrunner in this type of dark contemporary cabaret. It’s not for the easily overwhelmed or the faint-hearted, but WE LOVE YOU! (and everybody else does) has a very bold concept and definitely offers something out of the ordinary. 


Reviewed by Lena Nobuhara


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Interview: Ghostboy speaks out from the dark side



Meet Ghostboy - a neo-cabaret, theatre and spoken weird artist. He lives on the dark side and prides himself as not only as an outlaw performance beast but also the world’s only vaguely legal part-time cannibal. Having done away with conventions, his distinct performance style is murky, confronting and fearless.  

As he delighted in challenging and entertaining the audience at festivals around Australia, Ghostboy will be on the loose again. He’ll be performing with the Golden Virtues in Brisbane tonight at Judith Wright Centre before flying over for his Adelaide Fringe Festival season, where he’d be putting on both his solo and group shows.

Ghostboy gave Cabaret Confessional a chance to pick his complex brain as he discusses his shows, cabaret and cannibalism.


What can the audience expect from your show WE LOVE YOU! (as much everybody else does) ?

One boy and his musical bitch breaking up on a small stage whilst attempting to pack neo-cabaret, punk cannibalism, and comedy into a small suitcase for you to take home and forage through while you distract your inner child from wanking.  One hour where a beast out of his cage tries to unlock your chrysalis to see if your wings are still beating. Bad wigs. Good writing. Bones. Don Juan. Lots of instruments. A live funeral. Sexual fits. Joe Cocker. The show has recently described as “a cross between Bill Bailey and Hedwig eating one another.”


How did the idea of writing this show come about, and how did it develop?

Like yogurt - slowly under your kitchen sink. I was kind of over the idea of the performer as an object of love who seeks to be adored by an audience. I come from more a punk ethic of “you got to risk losing the audience in order to find yours.” Hence, We Love You! (as much as everbody else does) was born. No-one really loves you. There is no great art. The show celebrates that. I also wanted to explore the themes of the different forms/shapes of love as well as its loss and the absurdity of being on stage with someone who you once loved and who crushed your heart cage (but still accompanies you musically and stylistically). Plus, I wanted a chance to publicly humiliate Sir Lady Grantham in front of a cultured Fringe audience.


What is it like to perform with your ex-partner onstage?

He has no manners. He is a bitch. He is mute. He is pretty. He is a walking Jesus disco. We first started dating when we were both in heat - he is more spring, I am definitely the end of summer. He has no role in the show. He just keeps turning up with a piano accordion, a uke, a viola, a piano and a saxophone and busks next to me for hair clips. He dies at the end of every show. As every busker should.


You describe yourself as spoken weird artist – what would that be, exactly?

Someone who treads the line between comedy, spoken word and darker cabaret. I got sick of the conventions of both the spoken word, comedy and cabaret scenes, I like to push the idea of discomfort for an audience, trusting they will stick around to find their own beauty, laughter, and orgasms.


You’ve built your reputation as one of the most cutting-edge, contemporary cabaret performers. How did you develop your unique style?

First I drowned my muse, Then I wrote with a fork for a pen.  Then I drank with my feet. Then I cut into the music/cabaret scene with my band Ghostboy with Golden Virtues. We shook our fists at things. We broke beds. Sometimes stars fell. Then I started doing things on my own too, no-one holding my hands. People seemed to like it. So I pushed it further away from the light.


You are a part-time cannibal. How did you get into part time cannibalism, and what is stopping you from becoming a full-time cannibal?

As a child my Dad and my Dad-Dad were big meat eaters. I also think that to love is to consume…so I do.

Time. Lack of fitness and strategy. Bone disposal. I like chocolate too.


You’ve turned down the offer to appear on Australia’s Got Talent. Tell us about that?

They wanted the band to do the first series. I sent them a hand written letter to the producer outlining our rider. Then I sent them a hand. They stopped calling.


How did you discover cabaret?

By going and seeing it. The act that really made me erect to cabaret were Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen. They are in their own solar system for me. Dark, noir, stylish, dangerous, original, sexy.

Taylor Mac was the other one - his one man show “The Beast of TM” reinforced my deep love and sense of connection to NYC’s underground cabaret, performance art and spoken word traditions. I was lucky enough to do a show in New York last year - that was like coming home to find your family in your bed waiting for you, corks popped.

And finally - Iggy Pop and David Bowie. Queen Bitches.


What is cabaret to you?

It is a dark rebellious art form where comedy, song and words sit at small tables under low lights and smoke your lover’s cigarettes.

Cabaret is also a Mediterranean-style bar I once owned with women for tables and men served for mains. To book a seat, you have to become one.


Ghostboy with Golden Virtules will perform at Judith Wright Centre in Brisbane on March 2 and at the Adelaide Fringe 2012 on March 3 and 4.

For the Brisbane show, click here for more details and booking information.

For the Adelaide Fringe 2012, click here for more details and booking information.

WE LOVE YOU! (as much everybody else does) will open for the CABfringe program as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2012 and will be performed at La Boheme on March 6-10.

For more information and bookings, click here



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