Campy, clever clowns
By far, one of the best shows I’ve seen in this year’s Fringe is Bourgeois & Maurice: How to Save the World Without Really Trying.
Politically charged, tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek and incredibly catchy, the music from intergalactic dynamic duo Bourgeois & Maurice had me grinning like an idiot throughout the entire 70-minute performance. Personal favourites include the merciless anthems Goodbye Europe and British Values (an apropos serving of irony in our silly post-Brexit world) and the outrageous Chemsex Party (a perfect harmony of sentimental melody and biting lyrics).
Besides their topical tunes, I loved the banter between each number; it felt like stand-up comedy, cabaret and circus all rolled into one show. I was also impressed with how tight the lighting and video was – which is usually a shortcoming for many Fringe shows. At one point, Bourgeois & Maurice have a Skype conversation with Bourgeois & Maurice on-screen and the exchange was so smooth it emphasised the duo’s sheer talent and attention to detail.
My only criticism is that I wanted more. This should be a full-length show.
Check them out on Spotify.
Dates: May 28-29