Rose Dix and Rosie Spaughton performed live to a packed audience at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on 28 April.
This was the final show of Rose and Rosie‘s tour, which had taken them to Glasgow, Cardiff, Birmingham, and Salford.
Exposed was a reflection of the pair’s videos, with a relaxed set which looked like a living room, casual chats, awkward comedy, and a whole load of oversharing. The show centred around audience interaction, with audience members involved throughout. Rose and Rosie even ran through the stalls at one point to see who could be part of the most selfies in a minute.
The show kicked off with Rose and Rosie running on stage, shouting “smash” at various people in the audience (a reference to their SMASH OR PASS video).
A spinning “wheel of wonders” was then projected on the digital screen, with a member of the audience member was asked to “blow” on the wheel until the arrow landed on the pair’s first challenge – truth or dare.
Rose and Rosie didn’t shy away for the dares. Rose’s first dare was to let an audience member draw on her face with a permanent marker. Rose admitted that she’d had a penis on her face for the last six days because of the tour.
“It’s incredibly hard to alter perfection,” said Rose, as the girl thought about what to draw, before settling on something that did look suspiciously like a penis in the early stages, but was actually a picture of Rose and Rosie holding hands.
Rosie was dared to serenade an audience member, while Rose accompanied on guitar, and she managed to reference his star sign, pets, and favourite food in one seamless song. “Take that as a precious memory,” said Rose, and he promised that he’d keep it in his heart.
The next “spin” took Rose and Rosie to the matchmaking part of the evening, in which they picked two audience members at random and proceeded to “matchmake” them on stage. “We don’t care if you’re gay, straight or bi,” explained Rosie. “All we care about is finding the Rose to your Rosie.”
Two girls were brought on stage and sat down together on the sofa together. And while Rose serenaded them on the recorder with Tale as Old as Time from Beauty and the Beast, Rosie asked them some searching questions about their likes and dislikes, to test whether they were indeed a match. After the questions, they concluded in the end that the couple was a possible match. “It’s always good when you find true love that’s not at all orchestrated,” mumbled Rose.
Rose and Rosie then moved on to talk about fanfiction; more specifically, a story written about them by a fan called Jodie, called A Dirty Night In. The pair read out the story, which featured Rosie in edible underwear, experimenting with crisps before culminating with shower sex.
After Jodie’s story, they brought Rose’s sister Laura to the stage. Laura had been commissioned to write her very own fanfiction about the couple, the theme of which was “Jane Austen contemporary urban fantasy”, and yes, there were aliens.
During the interval, Rose and Rosie left out a pink postbox for audience members to post their confessions, which would then be read out on stage. The highlight was two cards stapled together, which had been written by two people who had both separately asked each other to the prom.
Rose’s bonus confession was to her mum (in the audience). She admitted that she had been secretly stealing her mum’s blusher for 15 years- she’d just never found a better shade.
The last half of the show took the form of a Q&A with the audience, the very first question of which was if the pair had Tinder profiles, what would they write in the bio?
Rosie said that hers would be her favourite chat up line – “I’ve lost my teddy, can I sleep with you?” – while Rose’s would be: “Better than you”.
When asked who their perfect women are, Rosie answered that hers is Ashley Benson from Crazy Little Liars whereas Rose’s is Camila Cabello.
And would Rose and Rosie ever have a long-distance relationship? “Absolutely not,” they replied in unison, with Rose adding: “We’ve settled and we work together and we want the same things.”
The show ended with a final improvised song sung by Rosie, called Tour Life (appearing on iTunes soon, we hope).
Photos by Jon D Barker.
Have you seen Linda Blacker’s fantasy photoshoot, which features Rose and Rosie as the Queens of Hearts and Spades? Alternatively, check out our recap of the LGBTQ+ panel at VidCon Europe 2017!
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