UTSoC Reviews: UTS Revue’s Burn Book

All images by Ravi Dal. Graphics by Lily Wharton. 

All images by Ravi Dal. Graphics by Lily Wharton. 

Todrick Hall has given the show his tick of approval – fetch has officially happened. Need we say more?

2004 brought the Superbowl nipplegate, two Britney weddings, and Facebook. Yet, in 2504, when historians look upon the remnants of our post-Myspace society, the greatest thing they will find is Mean Girls. The second greatest? The now-rebranded UTS Comedy, Revue and Performance Society’s (C.R.A.P) ode to it: Burn Book. Move over August Wilson Theatre, New York; Lend Lease Theatre, Darling Quarter is so fetch right now.

Directed by dynamic duo Lachie Parry and Inez Playford, and christened by none other than RuPaul hall-of-famer Todrick Hall (how this came to be, we will never know – C.R.A.P & Co signed a non-disclosure agreement), UTS Revue’s Burn Book is, according to Ms Playford, “jam-packed with more diverse styles of comedy than ever before.”

“The show is so much more than a sketch comedy show. [It’s] full [of] everything from acapella, to video sketches, and killer song and dance numbers [that] rival any musical”, she says.

And while the performance has many stand out moments, Ms Playford says that a highlight for her is an unprecedented video sketch, which allowed the production team to “make connections with the broader comedy community” and celebrate diversity, which is something that the team are passionate about.

The show has something for everyone.
BTS cast photo. Supplied by Jack James. 

BTS cast photo. Supplied by Jack James. 

Yet, what inspired Burn Book? While we are sure that Tina Fey appreciates the publicity, Ms Playford says that the theme’s inception was driven by the need for artistic humour at its finest. “As we were creating our show, we noticed that a lot of our best comedy came from people expressing [their] true thoughts and desires – as wanky as that sounds”, she says.

“When we thought about when [people have] been so free to express what they really think and feel, we immediately thought of Burn Book”, Ms Playford continues. “The show has something for everyone.”

If there’s one thing that the audience needs to take away from the show, it’s that comedy is not a shallow way to have fun – historically, comedy has been used as a method to drive social change, which is a theme that the sketches aim to emulate.

“We would love our audience to have the best time, but to also walk out of our theatre thinking more deeply about some of the messages we raise”, she says.

UTS Revue’s Burn Book is on at 7.30pm from 15 August to 18 August 2018, at Lend Lease Theatre, Darling Quarter (which is a fully-accessible theatre). Tickets are available for purchase here.

Bronte Gossling is a third-year (oh my god, already?!) Journalism/International Studies (Spain) student, who has a penchant for being super organised but is also perpetually late to any and all engagements. Nice.