Equal parts therapy, cabaret and art instillation, Bourgeois & Maurice’s Social Work is a glimpse into a glamorous dark mirror universe. The compelling Georgeois Bourgeois (imagine the abandoned love child of The Divine David & Liza Minelli) and elegantly overstated Maurice (no doubt cloned directly from Siobhan Fahey’s diaphram) explore the great cultural themes of our times – facebook, celebrity, bondage, drugs, stalking and tattoos.
The musical numbers themselves stand out as fresh and indulgently depraved. ‘What Would You Do (For Sex)?’ allows Maurice to showcase her talents, both dextrally and orally, whilst ‘Addicted and Forget You’ belong very much to Bourgeois at his best. The video for ‘Dull People’ should be made compulsory for all workplace induction plans.
Sitting in the audience, basking in their bedazzling glow, you know you will never be as fabulous as them (or their couture). At least take comfort that you are there to witness and worship them.
George Heyworth and Liv Morris have really created such a slick and seamless brand in B&M that it feels like a much bigger production and you find yourself wondering why it took you so long to find them. In truth, you’re in on the secret at the moment.
On a practical note, make sure you have an extra tenner on you – you will want the CD. You probably don’t deserve it but you’ll want it.