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Freakshow - review from Girona

A fantastic review of The Tiger Lillies Freakshow in Girona, Spain from Blasfemia (avui.cat). Please forgive the dodgy Google translation from the original Catalan:

No place better to the Municipal Theatre of Girona with its comfortable armchairs and red velvet, to inject an overdose of staff irreverence. Some had to remain confused by the brutal onslaught, and perhaps should be grateful for a frank warning sign at the entrance: "If you are highly religious precepts, if you believe in animal rights, if shocked with human prostitution, with eschatology, if you feel horrified by the monsters or if you are a lover of easy offense, let it be, do not pass this wonderful company. "

But then neither would have been fortunate in having made the deal with this great delicious trio The Tiger Lillies, horror, nor any of the oddities of raw Freakshow.

No place better to the Municipal Theatre of Girona with its comfortable armchairs and red velvet, to inject an overdose of staff irreverence. Some had to remain confused by the brutal onslaught, and perhaps should be grateful for a frank warning sign at the entrance: "If you are highly religious precepts, if you believe in animal rights, if shocked with human prostitution, with eschatology, if you feel horrified by the monsters or if you are a lover of easy offense, let it be, do not pass this wonderful company. "

But then neither would have been fortunate in having made the deal with this great delicious trio The Tiger Lillies, horror, nor any of the oddities of raw Freakshow.

On the rise we saw the dark backdrop of several caravans set in the shadows, dispersed, some of which hung vertical, with a look of fireta toy and strange, perverse, was going to stop the monsters show themselves. Martyn Jacques with a face smeared with black, red and white clown face a diabolical maniac like a macabre, with a walk chaplinesc, drew the stamp of pure visual eccentricity. The enormous sitting Adrian Huge on drums and Adrian Stout on bass. Three clowns inserted in the extraordinary Gothic atmosphere, the poetics of a bright and dark underworld.

Freakshow is a concert which bases its strength in originality. The Tiger Lillies, their ability to learn to mix, so uniquely, a lot of influences is vast: agitanat folk, punk, gothic rock, vaudeville and especially Berlin cabaret, with echoes of Weill and Brecht, and the immortal Mackie Messer, together they make an amazing style of music, simply delicious. But to explain this delicacy: the pathetic and brutal songs tell the stories of these deformed phenomena, the freaks, a touring exhibition of humans living in a particular world, and the blasphemous profanity, cruelty and depravity captivates us. No topics are taboo including bestiality, rape, murder, prostitution, deformity ... but always with a hidden moral that seems to keep a clear view of the inequality in the world.

The voice and the expressiveness of Martyn Jacques vocals are genius. Singing as a representation of the various alter egos, from a manic falsetto voice to the most serious and threatening, the exquisite vocal range is impressive and his ability to create colorful hues. More than twenty stories - excellent, funny, pathetic, creepy, delicious and diabolical depravity on stage. In short, the spirit of an era: horror and poetry.

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