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FRINGEWORLD 2022 | Double Entendre | 4 Stars

Review | Amanda Lancaster

Love a little bit of sassy innuendo and cheeky undertone to how you get through your day? Then this show is definitely the one…or should that be two… for you. Whisky A’more presents her newest intoxicating entertainment and she’s making it a double, Double Entendre that is.

One of the biggest names in the burlesque scene since 2014, Whiskey A’more  Entertainment has been delivering the goods year after year in a multitude of  showcases. And this year is no exception. Double Entendre is packed full of talent, tease, and titillation from start to finish, these burlesque babes will have you seeing double quite literally as each new pair that takes the stage  knock the audiences metaphorical socks off.

Whether you’re a fan of the fantastic or the funny, this show has something for everyone. Double Entendre is sixty minutes of dance, physical theatre, comedy, strip tease and one of the most outstanding, stop-you-in-your-tracks vocal performances you will ever hear.

If all that still isn’t  enough to get you cheering your throat off, then look out for the proverbial cherry on top that is of course miss Dee Dee Luscious. Well known for her own brand of quirky kitsch humour, this lady almost always steals the show even when she’s meant to be the emcee.

Whisky A’more Entertainment is always a winner with crowds and Double Entendre is no exception, proving once and for all that good things really do come in twos.

You can catch the double at The Girls School until 30th January 2022. TICKETS

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FRINGE WORLD 2022 | Rollin’ and Tumblin’ | 5 STARS

Review | Peter Spence

An out of this world blues performance!

The legendary Dave Hole is joined by local rock star Glen Whisson to take you through the greatest journey of blues you are likely to ever experience.

One of Australia’s greatest ever guitarists Hole has been around for 50+ years, with his soulful style of playing the slide guitar, he is one of a kind and certainly worthy of being our biggest bluesman to tour the world.

We are treated to a list of expertly played greats by the pioneers of blues, roots and rock & roll, and guided through the true meaning of what the blues truly is. 

Classics by the great Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddly and Blind Willie Johnson through to rock n roll’s greats with their blues beginning such as the Beatles, all with Holes’ unique style and skill.

An array of beautiful guitars line the stage but before we are treated to the sound of any of them, we are given an extraordinary introduction by Whisson with just the rhythm of a chain gang clap. Once the guitars and foot drum as the only percussion starts, we are in for a real treat. 

Showing that he could be as good a comedian as a musician Hole has us all in fits of laughter from beginning to end, an incredible entertainer. You haven’t seen a guitar played until you have seen Hole and his slide guitar make some of the most incredible sounds you are ever to see. 

The sell out crowd with a standing ovation chanting for an encore and thirsty for more make the magic of the room really come to life. An absolutely extraordinary performance. Haunting and soulful. Absolutely not to be missed.

You can see this remarkable show for yourself Downstairs at the Maj until 29th January 2023. TICKETS

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Review | Laura Money

Are you ready to descend into the layers of your own mind? Step into the EULOGY shipping container for a truly immersive experience down the rabbit hole of your psyche. DARKFIELD have done it again with another black-out sensory experience that causes you to question reality. It’s half an hour in complete darkness with a headset weaving stories into your head, burrowing in to create a confused yet mind-blowing narrative that you’ll still be contemplating as you blink in the daylight you emerge into. So, are you really ready to step into darkness?

The show is a complete black-out. Before the lights are switched off you go into metal cubicles that resemble a dog kennel, each person is assigned their own berth and headphones. Once everyone is settled in the whole shipping container is plunged into darkness as we collectively hallucinate in what can only be described as a guided experience. You are being moved about a hotel, descending level by level, layer by layer of each ring. It’s like walking into the movie Inception and then allowing yourself to be taken. There are clever soundscapes and it’s hard to remember you’re not really in the places you’re told. Ending with a huge body blow, this show is not for the faint-hearted.

As the lights come back on, everyone grins sheepishly at one another, still reeling from their surreal experience. EULOGY is a great escape, a fun experience, and a mental mind-bend that you’ll probably want to do more than once. So go on, step into the darkness.

You can catch EULOGY in The Pleasure Garden until 13th February 2022. TICKETS

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Review | Laura Money

Comedy trio Hannah Davidson, Sian Murphy, and Rebecca Fingher are a refreshing brand of off-beat, quirky humour that speaks to a whole generation. Their intelligent, out there sketches and interludes of fame seeking and friendship are reminiscent of the great Big Girls Blouse and this troupe of comedians more than delivers! Fame is explored from every angle and the journey of self-discovery gives these young women the spotlight they deserve.

The dynamic between the trio is fantastic – part playful ribbing, part sarcasm, all supporting the camaraderie felt is palpable. Their offbeat brand of self-aware awkwardness is hilarious, from Hannah’s unfortunate social media presence to Bec’s willingness to do anything to land a role, to Sian’s brilliant monologue from Twilight every move they make is a great one. Not only do the three women have excellent chemistry it is clear they support each other greatly – even in scenes that appear to be self-interest serving the others just gently roll their eyes and get on with it.

Femininity doesn’t get in the way of funny – each sketch is brilliantly conceived and expertly performed. Bec trying to research dying for a role by stinging the allergic Hannah and mimicking her reaction is priceless with brilliantly funny touches such as Sian revelling in dressing up in a bee costume and Bec casually checking Hannah’s pulse is so on point, you’ll howl with laughter. Every sketch is well thought out and some are even getting daily updates like the leaving Perth sketch, cleverly adapted to reflect changes in border control. There are hilarious projections that lean into the cultural cringe of Perth airport and nostalgic landmarks that elicit a few giggles.

ALLSTARS is performed by three allrounders – funny, clever, brilliant dramatic skills combine to create a smash hit. Hannah, Sian and Bec are phenomenally talented women who complement each other’s talents perfectly. It’s an uplifting show by women who lift each other up and we’re here for every second of it.

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FRINGEWORLD 2022 | Second Shot – The 80s Edition | 4.5 Stars

Review | Laura Money

The eighties were a very musically diverse decade. They saw the rise of MTV, solo careers take off or rekindled, and even the formation of a super group. Guitar sensation Stewart Herbertson explores the artists who had a Second Shot at fame and success. From Roy Orbison to Tina Turner, Stewart performs them all. He also looks into genres of music and how they also made a comeback of sorts. Stewart’s versions of this music is laid back and nostalgic and he’ll have you clapping and singing along all night long!

Kicking things off with John Lennon’s ‘(Just Like) Starting Over’ Stewart gives it his best Lennon rasp and clear notes at the top. As a wave of familiarity washes over the cabaret crowd, Stewart goes in to explain that Lennon had had a hiatus before releasing that song only months before his untimely death. Stewart is a friendly and collaborative performer – delighting in audience participation. He is having the time of his life singing the 50s rock revival songs ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ and Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ and really gets into a rendition of ‘Minnie the Moocher’ from the cult classic movie The Blues Brothers.

Stewart’s strength is in his passion – he clearly loves the music he performs and believe me there are some absolute bangers! From Farnham’s ‘Pressure Down’ to Turner’s ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ Stewart gives it his all. His arrangements are stunning – taking the songs that need to be belted and nailing it and creating pub classics out of others and even giving a fairly decent Travelling Wilburys impression! And of course Roy Orbison’s music is always a highlight – Stewart sings ‘You Got It’ with such reverence and a full rich tone that it almost brings tears to the eye.

Go and give Second Shot – The 80s Edition a shot because it’s worth every second. Stewart will get you moving and you’ll have a banger of a time!

You can check out all the 80s classics Downstairs at the Maj until 29th January 2022. TICKETS

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