Shirley’s costume and props take the spotlight in the minimalistic black box theatre. Her dresses are as loud as her personality and play a huge role in her storytelling. Shirley’s looks include a massive magenta country pageant queen get-up, a “my eyes are up here” sexy Nashville slip and a sassy nun outfit. These outfit changes are slick and fun to watch.
Gnome’s songs explore her hilarious sexual experiences and the challenges of being an independent female artist. Every song is a sweet, silly treat. Her lyrics are clever and provocative. (Drink for every cringe-worthy pun!) Country fan or not, you’ll willingly join in her sing-a-long song. Shirley reminds us to not always take life so seriously. Life is short, embrace the silly.
Gnome’s natural comedic talent shines brightest through her ad libs and conversations with the audience. Any latecomers are warmly welcomed and offered fruit from her song about believing in yourself/putting foreign objects up your notch. Her confident, gorgeous voice juxtaposes her smutty lyrics. Gnome’s guitar skills are enviable and her fingerpicking skills are stimulating to say the least!
Fans of Flight of the Conchords and Garfunkle and Oates, I highly recommend checking out this international act. Don’t be afraid to bring your boyfriend along, Shirley doesn’t discriminate if you don’t have a vagina. All are welcome. Well, maybe not children…
Shirley Gnome: Taking it Up the Notch is showing 11 – 16 February at 8:30pm at BATS. Grab your tickets soon! Opening night was sold out!