[UNITED KINGDOM ~ ADELAIDE EXCLUSIVE]
Space Theatre, Fri 8 Jun.
UK’s Frisky and Mannish, once described as ‘popmusicy-seriocomic-mashparodic-stereophonic-LOUD-vaudevillian-sketchcabaret-throwbackcurrent-oldfangled-newfashioned-bapsbotty-infotainment’ are our colourful hosts for this evening. They return to Adelaide to entertain and educate us with their hilarious antics and brilliant talent. The night starts with them trying to gauge the musical knowledge of their audience, with little snippets of songs and audience members asked to identify it! Their energy and enthusiasm for their craft is undeniable and they bring the audience willing along for the ride!
The first act, Anna Lumb entertains us with a spectacular hula hoop routine, set to the song Fever; she masters the art of eating a banana while twirling hoops around her neck and body! The hoops get more numerous and the whirling of the hoops more mesmeric and seems to defy the basic laws of physics!
Modern Maori Quartet – Boulder, Cheesecake, Rick and James – take us away with their beautiful harmonies and have us laughing along with their infectious sense of humour. Go and see their show, you won’t be disappointed.
Frisky and Mannish and tell us the Bee Gees have written 80% of chart topping songs and go on to sing Rihanna’s Rude Boy – Bee Gee’s style!
Mark Holden is up next, his show Mark Holden’s Greatest Show On Earth shares the stories, secrets and songs from his life lived with his family’s travelling circus from 1890-1950; the highs and lows and all it entails. The songs tonight were his ode to radiation therapy in 2009-2010, Shine (co-written with Vanessa Amorosi), and a song he wrote for the Choir Of Hard Knocks, aimed at the over ‘60s, Get Your Meds Right was very entertaining. This little taster has made me look forward to seeing his entire show.
Our hosts return, picks on grammar of Alicia Keys, then introduces the next artist – Hans.
Hans offers up a ‘traditional’ German song My Favourite Things. Dressed in a jumpsuit of fabulous, shiny sequins, he interacts with the audience, including an impromptu table dance, to fully immerse us into his spell.
Our fabulous UK duo have now come back and applauds our countries’ decision to finally allow equality in marriage and have a song to welcome ALL genders, which I’m pretty sure included ALL letters of the alphabet too, which was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Ali McGregor, Adelaide Cabaret Festival Artistic Director, takes the stage and belts out Helen Reddy’s I Am Woman and a version of Radiohead’s Creep that will stay with me for a lifetime, so beautiful and the notes Ali can conquer are just supernatural!
And so the night must end, but Frisky and Mannish have one more number to send us on our way, and it sums up the night perfectly… (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life!
Pol Roger Backstage Club hosted by Frisky and Mannish continues at Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, from 10.30 until Sun 10 Jun.
Book at BASS on 131 246 and bass.net.au. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.
Image courtesy of Claudio Raschella