Nexus Theatre, Sat 28 Nov
The 2015 Adelaide Feast Festival has unfortunately come and gone too quickly. There were huge crowds at the Pride March and Opening Night Party, performances by International superstar Conchita Wurst and three weekends of great local and interstate comedians, musicians, drag artists and cabaret singers. There were numerous incorrect days and times for shows in the program and shows constantly started late, but overall Adelaide’s residents and interstate visitors have embraced and loved Adelaide’s unique queer arts festival.
Flying the rainbow flag high and proud this year as Feast Ambassador is local Adelaide cabaret performer Michael Griffiths. No stranger to the Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Cabaret Festival or Feast, Griffiths has produced some outstanding shows over the years, including Adolescent and cabaret tributes to Madonna, Cole Porter and Annie Lennox.
It has been a number of years since Griffiths performed Sweet Dreams: Songs By Annie Lennox in Adelaide and it was fantastic to hear it again tonight. Lennox’s popular songs like, Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), Why and There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart) were all arranged beautifully to suit just the piano and Griffiths’ voice. Thorn In My Side ensured the audience got a chance to dance in their seats and sing along with Griffiths.
Griffiths told the story of Lennox’s life in the first person, covering the relationships she had with her husbands, her father and her music. The songs were not in chronological order, but were assembled so that there was a wonderful flow throughout the show.
Griffiths is an experienced and charming performer with a stunning voice. Complemented by also being a skilled pianist, Griffiths knows how to carry an audience with him into a different world. Tonight, some poignant lighting design and echoed sound added to the magic.
Griffiths had the packed audience mesmerised from start to finish.