Duo take the plunge for festival

DivaLicious will do almost anything to get attention.

Last year for the cameras, the duelling divas rode through Perth in a sports car with the warm wind in their hair.

This year, in honour of Ursula Andress and other Bond girls, the duo emerged from the sea at Cottesloe in evening finery to promote their operatic comedy show for Fringe World.

Sopranos Penny Shaw and Fiona Cooper Smyth will sing songs from popular films, musical theatre hits and operatic favourites.

"In the show, we talk about how we were rival sopranos in the chorus of WA Opera, how and why we got together, and re-enact our experience on TV show Australia's Got Talent," Cooper Smyth said.

Fringe performers needed to use their imaginations to stand out among the 450 shows over the month of the diverse sprawling festival, she said.

"That is the thing about the fringe festival," Cooper Smyth said. "You can be a bit risque to say the least."

Nominated for Best Cabaret at Fringe World last year, Shaw and Cooper Smyth started performing as DivaLicious after meeting as members of the WA Opera chorus.

An Intimate Evening with DivaLicious is at the De Parel Spiegeltent, Perth Cultural Centre, from Friday to January 27.

Fringe World starts on Friday and runs until February 23.

Details: fringeworld.com.au

The West Australian

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