Titty Bar Ha Ha: Hard Time

Saucy hostesses Hope and Gloria are back with Titty Bar Ha Ha: Hard Time, following on from their show at last year’s Fringe. If you like your cabaret a little blue, and songs about sex don’t make you blush, then you can’t go wrong by going to see this year’s show.

Titty Bar Ha Ha: Hard Time is wildly audacious, unashamedly bawdy, and even a little bit wrong - but it is also a whole lot of fun.

You don’t have to have seen last year’s performance to get on board with this year’s show: a quick recap at the beginning of the performance clues first-timers in about the dark secret that has been stashed in the club’s basement. Since last year, the hostesses’ secret has been uncovered and – that’s right – they have been found guilty! Now Hope and Gloria find themselves holed up in a women’s penitentiary. However, the resourceful pair refuse to stay put for long – they have devised an escape plan which is tried and tested during the hour-long performance. The prison-break attempts unfold in a raucous concoction of the duo’s signature dark comedy, risqué song and cheeky interactive games.

Those who caught their last show and loved it are in for a treat, because Hope and Gloria have certainly upped the ante this year. The inclusion of a soundtrack in particular adds a fabulous touch to the show. Although Titty Bar Ha Ha’s success lies in its tongue-in-cheek comedy and satire, Hope and Gloria’s vocal prowess should not be underestimated. The show reveals the pair to be talented, accomplished vocalists. The musical numbers are catchy, and references to certain popular anthems are especially enjoyable – especially in the form of a kazoo medley which has undoubtedly become their trademark as well as a definite crowd favourite.

Titty Bar Ha Ha: Hard Time is wildly audacious, unashamedly bawdy, and even a little bit wrong - but it is also a whole lot of fun. If you are shy and reserved, you might think that this won’t be your kind of thing – nonetheless I would urge you to just brave it, and attend with an open mind. Most likely, you will be very pleasantly surprised at how at home Hope and Gloria will make you feel.

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After fleeing Club Titty Bar Ha Ha, the body has been dug up and the girls have been locked down. The murderous hostesses, Hope and Gloria, return from their award nominated sell-out tour with more high-end musical filth and games. Think Cell Block H meets Johnny Cash via Shawshank, sauce, sass and songs. Finalist Best Comedy (Perth’s Fringe World). Critics' Pick Best Cabaret (Adelaide Fringe). ‘The most fun I've ever had’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Just plain hilarious’ ****1/2 (RipItUp.com).

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