Tash York: Badass @ Empire Theatre at Gluttony, Adelaide 11/3/2019

Tash York is more that a Petty Bitch she’s also a Badass! This self-confessed chicken nugget devotee is on a mission to break down her inner saboteur and pretty much does a damn fine job doing so. With her witty parodies of classic songs and sharp shooting tales of her life experiences this one hour show is packed with her “tri-umphs” and “tri-downphs.”

York’s story of her high school bully will have you empathise and may even bring back some of your own bad memories. Armed with catchy songs and words of badass wisdom she gives us power and strength to realise that even after all that bullshit we CAN conquer those demons.

This show has some of the most hilarious parodies I’ve ever heard of classic songs from artists like Michael Jackson (is it even appropriate to mention him nowadays?), Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Beyonce and more. This badass woman sure can sing. Belting out tunes with her cheeky charm, I mean her rendition of (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman had me wanting to run out and buy some stationary. Now there’s a song for Officeworks to consider if they ever needed an advert.

I couldn’t help but notice that during part of the show 4 songs had Crazy in the title…..yes this show could be classified as crazy. A f**king good kind of crazy. It made you laugh, sing and almost cry. I say almost because I want to feel that I’m a badass after seeing this show and big (badass) girls don’t cry at Adelaide Fringe shows.

After all the strong female empowerment messages and songs by York the ending was like high fiving your friend but she misses your hand and slaps you right in the face instead. It’s a brilliant and poignant ending that touched on the serious subject that affects many of us; Mental Illness. At one time or another we have all experienced anxiety or depression and the way York approaches this subject is heartfelt, funny and full of tenderness. I may have shed a tear but if no one sees you it doesn’t count…does it?

Fringe Review By Anastasia Lambis

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