‘Interesting’ is certainly the word that comes to mind after walking out of Henrietta’s at The Henry Austin once witnessing the cabaret/theatre performance titled Petrasexual. Deemed to be a performance entirely based around sex, relationships and sexuality, this show is certainly not for those that shy away from such topics.
Star of the show, Petra Elliot, describes her past sexual relationships, partners and experiences through the use of parodied pop songs and originals. From start to finish the show may make you feel slightly uncomfortable with a straight up half nude performance or may make you empathise with the tale being told.
Petra’s inspiration that sparked the show rose from her curiosity towards why everyone is so confronted about sex, and so her performance explores why this may be. Her rage with two-timing cheaters, boring lovers or simply dates that didn’t really work out the way you had hoped, Petrasexual explores nearly all.
The songs are engaging with the audience, however there is a present pressure and uneasiness during the song about same-sex marriage and whether it should be legal – which is a very touchy subject for some.
Overall rating: ★★★1/2