Last night, I hot-footed it over to South Melbourne with Fiona from Rushcrowds to see a crazy little show at the Butterfly Club. Shazza, The Bird from Broady had promised to teach us all there was to know about being a celebrity, in her latest show My Celeb Life. I thought it couldn’t hurt to get some tips on how to be all kinds of famous, and attended whole-heartedly and open-mindedly.
I’ve not been to the Butterfly Club before, and as such when we popped in for a drink before the show, I was both overwhelmed and completely delighted. The place is full. To the brim chockablock full. Full of stuff. The shelves are covered with trinkets, toys and statuettes and walls adorned with the most incredible collection of 70s portraits of big-eyed children, doe-eyed women and pictures of ships (yes, ships). The whole place was like a strange cross between the share-houses my friends and I lived in when we first hit the renters-circle, and my Nan’s front room, where ‘the good things’ were kept, her artificial flowers, the shell-art and the random mantel clocks and vases that were her pride and joy.
After a quick look around, we made our way into the showroom with a small crowd of eager punters. The theatrette was intimate (to say the least), with just enough room for the dozen or so rows of church pews and the tiny stage. The floors and pews creaked as we made our way in, and the front door rattled on its hinges as Shazza, big and bold and larger than life, barrelled into the room only moments after we’d all sat down.
Without much of a chance to catch her breath, or for us to catch ours, Shazza (Christie Cula-Reid) was up in our faces, declaring her (undeniable) hotness. And who could argue…the mullet, the leopard prints, and the red, red lippy created a Broady bird of the finest plumage.
In true Kath and Kim style, Shazza’s humour was both cringful and endearing. She was, of course, over the top, an obvious stereotype, but by the same token instantly recognisable and very likeable. Her story, the five steps to celebrity, hung together well, and was very, very funny. The crowd was roaring with laugher, stomping their feet and joining in with chants and songs.
Christie is a really talented chicky, and her cabaret-stylings of a great collection of classic 80s tracks (rewritten to highlight Shazza’s hotness) were enjoyable to listen to, and good for a giggle. Shazza can certainly hold a tune, and she can absolutely strut her stuff. She had all the moves.
If you’re up for a slightly manic, very funny evening out, give it a go.
I’ve also got to say…check out the Butterfly Club, it’s amazing…Rushcrowds do lots of offers for their shows, and you can check out the club’s website here. A collector’s dream and a duster’s nightmare – it’s so worth a drop in for a drink and a look. I know for a fact I’ll be heading back the first chance I get for a cocktail and a rummage.