Review by Julia Gardner

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect when entering the Loft at Q Theatre to watch INFLATED REBEL. Held as part of Q Theatre’s ‘Q Matchbox 2021’, on finding my seat I was greeted to a stage that was wrapped in white sheets that draped and folded; the simple, thoughtful set design immediately gave the feeling that we had all stepped into some private realm that we were lucky to have been invited in to.

Perfectly in sync, choreographers, and performers Jessie McCall and Rose Philpott created a sensual, spontaneous lens in which to highlight and share their explorations into queerness, feminism, the body, and the system. The swells of audience support throughout the performance confirmed its resonance. The performance was both intimate and affirming, challenging and captivating – live theatre at its very best.

With New Zealand back in lockdown just days after the opening night I’m reminded how important the arts and the ability to showcase physical expression is. Philpott and McCall have created a beautiful musing, that encourages the audience to ask questions of themselves and to dig into the complexities of identity and introspection. If you’re looking for an artistic performance to absorb and contemplate, then INFLATED REBEL is for you.


Venue: Loft at Q Theatre
Price: $19-$29. You can book here.
Length: 55 Minutes
Dates: Wed 11 – Sun 15 August

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