EastEnd Cabaret: Notoriously Kinky
The West Australian Idolize Spiegeltent
"Sing along, dance along, get naked, touch each other — it's that kind of show."
REVIEW: MELANIE CORAM
"Sing along, dance along, get naked, touch each other — it's that kind of show." Indeed. Cabaret chanteuse Bernadette Byrne (Jennifer Byrne) is encouraging her audience to get down and dirty with her. And how can we not?
This is a bawdy, perverse song and dance show for the two thousand and teens. Think Cabaret's Sally Bowles singing about ping-pong balls in Thailand, deflowering computer nerd virgins and spanking the monkey.
Half-man, half-woman Victor Victoria (Victoria Falconer-Pritchard) plays the keyboard, piano accordion, even a tool, to accompany Bernie's vocal histrionics. But Victy is no second banana — unless that's what you're into. That crazy artiste jealously sneers and cowers at Bernie's voracious sexuality. When Victy arches an eyebrow and summons a wry smile we can go with her when the perversion gets too raw.
But for one white-haired gentleman sitting in front of me even that was not enough. Not. Amused.
He should thank his lucky stars he wasn't hauled up for audience participation. Other more willing participants hosted Bernie's diva antics in their lap or were dubbed Potential Stalker. If you are a man and breathing, expect the worst. And don’t think sitting down the back will save you — just ask poor engineer Michael about that.
As Bernie says in the close confines of The West Australian Idolize Spiegeltent: "It's all about getting a little bit intimate with each other."
The last show is on Thursday and the tent has been packed, so get your tickets and queue early.
EastEnd Cabaret is part of Fringe World 2013. Tickets are available from www.fringeworld.com.au