Bourgeois & Maurice are gloriously, cheekily and daringly fabulous – and they don’t care who knows it. This cabaret ‘brother and sister’ musical and attitude act arrived on stage looking like something between Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Neil Jordan’s Breakfast On Pluto with eyelashes that would put Gaga to shame and tunes that injected vibrant cutting energy into the heat-sodden evening. Delivering a ballad on behalf of the appallingly behaved, putting an upspin on global warming in a faster number – Bourgeois’ deep resonant tones were complimented by sister Maurice’s gossamer light but steely strong harmonies. ‘Friends’ were drag artiste Johnny Woo, doing an impressive opening turn as Mary ‘Queen of Shops’ Portas then turning to material sharply danced but more dependent on cruder punchlines, and Doctor Brown who was a surprise knockout with his mute ramshackle tomfoolery contrasting with Woo. A great night bringing a party atmosphere to the last weekend of the Fringe.
The Warren, 26 May 2012