Whether it was Justin Timberlake, Nick Carter, all of the Hanson brothers (but really Zac) or Harry Styles, we’ve all fallen in teenage love with a popstar—and that’s just what the hilarious new musical comedy Fangirls is about.
Landing at the Billie Brown Theatre on 7 September as a part of Brisbane Festival 2019, Fangirls was created by (and stars) the charismatic young Yve Blake, comedian, composer, playwright and all round Aussie IT girl. Also starring The Voice alumni Ayden, it features an epic score that's equal parts Beyoncé concert, religious revival and dirty warehouse rave.
A thrilling and hilarious musical comedy about first love, fan culture and the danger of underestimating teenage girls and their power to shape pop culture as we know it, you can expect the show to hit you right in the feels—so bring tissues, but also expect plenty of laughs.
It's also more than just a rollicking good time—it’s a dive into the world of gender expectations as we know them. Yve Blake explains, "When I started researching Fangirls, I began to ask myself: why is it that the image of boys screaming at the footy is considered 'passionate', but the image of girls screaming for a pop star is often described as 'crazy', 'over-the-top' or 'hysterical'? At that point, I realised that Fangirls was actually going to be about how the world raises boys and girls differently, disguised as a comedy with a score that makes you want to dance and cry at the same time."
So what is the story? It boils down to this: Girl (Edna) is in love with boy (Harry). Unfortunately, so are 38 million other people, because Harry is in the biggest boyband on the planet. When the band announces a concert in Edna's hometown, she realises that this is her ONE CHANCE to meet Harry and convince him that they are meant to fall in love and go on the run. Hilarity, and tears, ensue.
Expect an incredible cast (for every actor on stage, another 90 people were auditioned) with voices that will stay with you long after the curtains come down.
Fangirls will be playing in the Bille Brown Theatre from 7 September to 5 October. Tickets start from $35 and you can get them here.
When: 7 September to 5 October
Where: Bille Brown Theatre, South Brisbane
Find out more and get tickets here.
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Image credit: Queensland Theatre