Space Theatre, Fri 8 Jun.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival Artistic Director, Ali McGregor, has hand-picked a selection of world-renowned purveyors, movers and shakers of the neo-cabaret world to perform together for the opening weekend.

There was a nice mix of circus, burlesque and singing from skilful international performers, but nothing profound to hold the whole performance together apart from the performers all being somewhat provocative or peculiar and some occasional reference to another act.

There were good quick transitions between the acts, which kept some of the energy going, but a theme to link the acts would have ensured the show had a more substantial impact, like the French champagne themed Blanc de Blanc or the burly hipster themed Barbu Electro Trad Cabaret.

Individually, many of the acts were impressive. Mark ‘Captain Kidd’ Winmill and Louis Biggs from Briefs fame brought a naughty mix of tricks and sexy boylesque, Davey ‘Gravey’ Sampford eventually impressed with his plate spinning while Lily Paskas Goodfellow and Imogen Kelly impressed with stunning costumes and concepts for their burlesque.

Miss Frisky attempted to lift the rooms energy and impressed with her powerful vocals, especially with her final song, but the biggest audience reaction was for contortionist Captain Frodo who got the whole audience gasping and laughing – especially if you managed to not look away while he moved his body through 12 and 10inch tennis racquets.

Glorious Misfits is really worth a look if you are wanting a touch of circus and burlesque stirred into your Cabaret Festival mix.

3 stars

Bobby Goudie

Glorious Misfits continues at Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, at various times, until Mon 11 Jun.

Book at BASS on 131 246 and bass.net.au. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.


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