BATS Theatre, Wellington

10/02/2012 - 13/02/2012

NZ Fringe Festival 2012

Production Details

A Deranged Domestic Drag Drama   – Find out what happens when everything goes awry for a paranoid perfectionist 1950’s housewife. Pollyfilla returns to BATS for Fringe 2012!

BATS Theatre
Friday 10 February – Monday 13 February
50 mins
Full $16
Concession  $14
Artist Card  $12

(04) 802 4175   

Colin McLean

Pure, uncomplicated and dazzling entertainment

Review by Maryanne Cathro 11th Feb 2012

The irrepressible Polly Filla transforms the black box that is Bats into a Symphony in Pink for her production, Kitsch ‘n’ Synch. Lip-synching to artists as fabulous and diverse as Joan Rivers, Liza Minnelli and Joyce Grenfell, Polly portrays a tale of the unravelling of the post war housewife from Doris Day to Desperate.

Besides being a fantastic night out, which could go without saying but oughtn’t to, this show is a trip through some excellent material recorded by the 20th century’s greatest comediennes and chanteuses. And Ms Filla does every one of them proud with her larger-than-life enactment of the material, adding layers of performance that makes it all the funnier. Excellent work on the sound track too.

I am not sure of the etiquette around royalty: when Her Maj becomes Liz Windsor, and likewise when to address this stunning performer as Miss Polly Filla or Colin McLean. Polly is a phenomenon in her own right and on stage at Bats she demonstrates in this show why she deserves her legendary status. To Colin I give credit for her stunning wardrobe – pink all the way and worthy of one with such excellent costumier credentials.

For a bite, a lick or a nibble of pure, uncomplicated and dazzling entertainment, do put this show on your Fringe list. We are so damn lucky to have a show of such calibre on the Fringe circuit this year.


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