Ever dreamt of a world in which bisexuality is no longer ignored, ridiculed, misjudged, or lost in an alphabet-soup of acronyms?
You’ll find exactly that in the cabaret show Baby Bi Bi Bi, where it’s shoved to the front and centre of the stage and unapologetically celebrated by three queer women.
Run by Melbourne-based theatre company Flesh Coloured Panties, Baby Bi Bi Bi is an award-winning cabaret/comedy featured at this year’s Adelaide Fringe Festival.
To a backdrop of a ‘portable closet’ adorned with dicks and tits of all colours and shapes, Annabel Larcombe, Samantha Andrew and Erin Pattison perform seven original songs in their self-produced and directed show.
With brilliantly witty numbers including ‘Do I Wanna Be You (Or Do I Wanna F*ck You)’ and ‘Salad with the Girls, But in a Gay Way’, Baby Bi Bi Bi delves into the confusion bisexual women face, within both society and themselves.
The performers explore the misconceptions and challenges of bisexuality; being ostracised from the queer community for not being ‘queer enough’, having all your friends think you want to have sex with them, being considered hyper-sexual, a threesome junkie, or even just an attention seeker.
In the best possible way, it’s a gaudy and colourful performance that will have you grinning the entire time – except when Larcombe, Andrew and Pattison step away from their instruments and tell their coming out stories in somber spoken word.
In this collage of coming-out confessions the performers candidly tell their personal stories, while also saying some lines in chorus to highlight their shared experiences.
The interweaved stories are equally poignant and heart-warming. Tied together with the rest of the show’s ridiculous comedy and impeccable intelligence, Baby Bi Bi Bi rips the invisibility cloak off bisexuality and demands its acceptance – in all its glorious diversity.
These three powerhouse women perfectly encapsulate the complexities of being bisexual, often tragically hilarious and stupidly difficult. But despite all of these things, it’s quite simple: we fall in love with whoever we fall in love with.
Baby Bi Bi Bi is a captivating performance that anyone can relate to, because ‘at the end of the day, we’re all a little bit gay.’
Held in the intimate Cabaret Room at The Crown and Sceptre Hotel, there’s just a few shows left before its final run this Saturday night.
Concession tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.
Words by Annabel Bowles