Breaking free of the usual Comedy Festival and drag performance fare, Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word does so with surgical precision and profound effect.

It’s a delight to watch, offering laughs and tears in equal doses, leaving the audience affected beyond the usual. British writer and performer Christopher Green as Southern belle Tina C presents a powerful piece of theatre that speaks to the heart of what it is to be Australian today.

This ‘bespoke’ piece of theatre works topics including our country’s history, gay marriage and our treatment of our Indigenous population into one artistic masterpiece. Along the way the audience gets to sing along and line dance and participate in a geography lesson.

Tina is beautifully accompanied by local James Henry on guitar and backing vocals.

A highlight of the show is a performance by Auriel Andrew which is so moving that the audience is left wondering where drag superstar Tina C can go from there. The brilliance of the show is how Tina does this, taking us to new heights in political satire presented with Aussie accessible irony.

Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word is seriously funny drag, profoundly clever commentary and worryingly on topic for Australia today. This is a must-see theatre event.

It’s running as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival at the Malthouse until April 14.

By MARK FLETCHER

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