[CIRCUS & PHYSICAL THEATRE/CABARET ~ VIC]
Gluttony – Wonderland Spiegeltent, Fri 22 Feb.
If you’re a David Bowie fan, or even if you’re not, Rebel is a high-energy and thoroughly enjoyable hour of music and entertainment. Billed as a tribute to David Bowie, the performers do an excellent job of not only bringing Bowie’s music to life but also bringing the theatre and spectacle that he was renowned for.
The talented Stewart Reeve led the band with a powerful voice that was eerily reminiscent of Bowie’s and more than capable of paying tribute to the much missed superstar. Stewart looked the part as well – strutting and gyrating around the stage in platform boots and an outfit worthy of Ziggy Stardust.
Choosing from such an immense repository of music required months of deliberation (so Stewart told us) and the selection didn’t disappoint with classics such as Space Oddity, Ziggy Stardust, Let’s Dance, Heroes, Cat People (Putting Out Fire), Under Pressure and of course Rebel Rebel. A unique acoustic arrangement of Loving The Alien was a rare treat. As a long time Bowie fan I had goose bumps on occasion.
Many of the songs were accompanied by acrobatic acts which served as a beautiful visual accent to the music. We were treated with aerial silks, hula-hoops, roller skates and trapeze, and the talented guitarist Chris Springer surprised us by revealing that he is also an acrobat himself, working the Chinese pole with grace and strength. The keyboard player turned out to be accomplished on the cyr wheel and fire eating, and drummer Rachel Trainor took a spell on acoustic guitar and accompanied Stewart on vocals as well. Guitarist Cat Scobie wowed the audience with her talents and during one song gyrated around the stage adorned with metal plates, an angle grinder used (carefully!) to create showers of sparks!
All in all a very enjoyable show that ended way too soon! Encore!
Rebel continues at Gluttony – Wonderland Spiegeltent from 6.30pm until Sun 17 Mar.
Book at FringeTIX on 1300 621 255 or adelaidefringe.com.au. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.
For more see this promo video: https://www.facebook.com/rebeltheshow/videos/2275036229234959/