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Boys Taste Better with Nutella, The Mill, The Breakout Theatre (Adelaide Fringe) – Review

Aggi (Caitlin Hill) and Frederick (Peter Wood) are best friends, bonding over abusive ex-partners and a love of binge eating. Like most millennials, they suffer from social anxiety, struggling to establish interpersonal relationships that don’t involve the use of a keyboard. A look into Aggi’s past tells us that she has a tendency to morph in order to please the boys she falls in love with. Once, she even started attending church to impress a Christian guy. Frederick, instead, has a bumpy relationship with his body and keeps receiving rejections for not being skinny enough. In different ways they…

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Excellent

This show is nuts!

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Aggi (Caitlin Hill) and Frederick (Peter Wood) are best friends, bonding over abusive ex-partners and a love of binge eating. Like most millennials, they suffer from social anxiety, struggling to establish interpersonal relationships that don’t involve the use of a keyboard.

A look into Aggi’s past tells us that she has a tendency to morph in order to please the boys she falls in love with. Once, she even started attending church to impress a Christian guy. Frederick, instead, has a bumpy relationship with his body and keeps receiving rejections for not being skinny enough. In different ways they both have low self-esteem, which subconsciously allows people they only know superficially to be overcritical and feed their insecurities.

Hill and Wood’s upbeat performance ranges from dance to comedy, catering for a bubbly hour of entertainment. The pace is fast, the pattern unpredictable and a tiny bit of audience engagement goes a long way. By the time we’re dismissed, my jaw hurts from too much laughter.

There’s some sort of clownesque undertone that runs within this piece. Serving the ridicule with a dark twist, the actors make fun of each other, unexpectedly throwing some serious notes into the mix. The bleak truth of how we let our sense of self-worth be endangered at the hand of others resonates long after the show is over.

Boys Taste Better with Nutella is a playful encouragement to all of us to enjoy life with friends, leaving behind all those lowlifes who talk us down. Cheesy pop tunes and showers of McDonald’s fries are a side dish to lots and lots of Nutella. Melbourne-based Hill and Wood are nuts and how we all made it out of the auditorium in presentable conditions remains a mystery.

Co-Directors: Kristen Maloney, Caitlin Hill and Peter Wood
Producer: Backyard Theatre Collective
Booking Information: This show has completed its current run.

About Marianna Meloni

Marianna Meloni
Marianna, being Italian, has an opinion on just about everything and believes that anything deserves an honest review. Her dream has always been to become an arts critic and, after collecting a few degrees, she realised that it was easier to start writing in a foreign language than finding a job in her home country. In the UK, she tried the route of grown-up employment but soon understood that the arts and live events are highly addictive.