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FRINGE 18: Ladylike: A Modern Guide To Etiquette

Vaginal steaming, chicken liver pate and a spoon full of liquor… Just some of the things a modern day lady needs to think about..

A masterclass in etiquette and housewifery, Louise Beuvink’s nearly sold out show, Ladylike: A Modern Guide to Etiquette, explores the demands of the modern woman. The masterclass covered the latest trends in spa treatments, hosting champagne dinner parties on a box-wine budget, watching cricket, doing your make-up, and of course, learning how to please your man (after all ladies, that’s what it’s all about!).

This one woman show has been expertly curated by Beuvink, exploring feminism in her own unique, satirical way. Louise is a fresh, intelligent, and witty comedian, who’s next show I’m already looking forward to.

Ladylike: A Modern Guide to Etiquette is running at Q Theatre as part of Auckland Fringe until Saturday 24 February. Unfortunately all shows have sold out – Ladies, you’ll have to wait until her next season to school-up.

NZICF15 | Ashton Brown & Louise Beuvink

A foreboding closed door onset. Lowly hung ceilings. Dimly lit quarters. Such was the atmosphere surrounding the comedic act I found myself entering upon at Cellar on Tuesday. Dark Side of the Afternoon.

Cue psychedelic, art-house rock soundtrack of Pink Floyd encompassing the senses and hello Ashton Brown and Louise Beuvink! A dynamic duo much immersed in the comedic quality of the NZ 2015 International Comedy Festival.

It would be an encouraging welcome for the brazen & youthful comedians I should imagine, as I found myself and trusty companion some safe seats towards the darkly lit back row of a full and eclectic house of satirical enthusiasts.

First on stage was the twenty-something, beanie clad & vertically challenged Ashton Brown. A jovial scruff with a very energetic and warm stage presence. Much demonstrated through his opening dance akin to that of a lumber-jack.
The audience were treated to an intro of incomparable middle-aged mother impersonations and the ever-popular gags about salubrious Huntly.

A drama teacher by trade, as truth be told, with a penchant for bursting out in sporadic fits of comedic woe when relaying his somewhat unsuccessful filmography, notably that of misguided voiceovers on the widely acclaimed Shortland Street, to name but a few. 😉
Digress to masturbation and impropriety in private schools, to genocide and race wars amidst the deceiving World of Wally and we come to the end of the not-quite-so impressionable, Ashton Brown’s half of the show, which ended with every advertising guru’s dream of well-crafted pitches and witty imagery.

Speaking of advertising, enter stage Louise Beuvink! A little pocket-rocket force whose opening including a remarkable impersonation of everyone’s cringe-worthy middle aged family member/acquaintance’s unprogressive dancing techniques, had most of the audience in stitches and it only got better from there. Check farcical first-world childhood memories, check witty metaphoric references of Wellington.

Louise’s relatively young age of 24 quite readily deceives anyone fortunate to witness her dry, articulate and stellar comedic talent. Her delivery was on form and without giving too much away for those yet to see the act, her cynicism regarding the world of advertising, street-smart observations of challenges facing the youth of today, alongside visually engaging storytelling left me in no-doubt of a very successful future in store for the enigmatic young comedian.

A dark afternoon indeed of irreverent and brazen yet highly entertaining tales of youth with the enjoyable relish of masterly crafted and engaging storytelling.