What: Becoming Bette
Where: 220 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
When: Wednesday, May 13.
I JUST went on a date – and not the romantic kind. The kind where you go to dinner by yourself for the first time in months only to realise you’re really, kind of… well… great!
Serendipitous, then, that I should come to this conclusion only after seeing my long-lost mate Elizabeth Scales perform her one woman show Becoming Bette – damn, that girl got me good and proper.
She sings, she dances, she acts. She triple-threat-penetrates the very core of your being.
I hardly had time to recover from laughter (the severely obnoxious type that stretches your jaw bones to the end of their tethers) before being smacked in the heart with the voice of an angel. Yes. The voice of an angel, attached to an arm shaking a rice-filled egg…perfection.
I’m going to be honest with you – I didn’t have a clue what the show was about before I got there – that’s me, a fly by the seat of your pants, don’t need to know, want to be surprised kind of gal. But if you were to be a little more organised, or simply just a little curious, you would discover that Becoming Bette is a theatrical/silver-screen-eyed journey which takes you halfway across the world in search of yourself, only to find you knew who you were all along and that it’s more than just ‘okay’ to love yourself. The great Bette’s of our time never needed anyone’s permission to be themselves – why should you?
Libby bravely exposes her own childhood traumas and self-discoveries, laying the tracks for a roller coaster of self-deprecation which curls maniacally into self-love and appreciation before spinning towards the earthly reality to embrace who she was always meant to be. Becoming Bette allows Libby to empower her audience through her own self-discovery – leading her to redefine the societal expectation of what it means to be ‘feminine’ as bold, strong, self-aware, kind, generous, spirited and unapologetic. Libby embodies what the great Bette’s sought to when they went into full diva meltdown mode. They knew they were special – not because of their fame or talent, but because of their humanity.
We can all learn a little something from Becoming Bette – an empowering and insightful production.