Shows not to be missed in the last week of the Fringe
Attending the preview nights and cabaret shows has been a great way to get a sneak preview of many of the shows still to come as part of the last week of the Sydney Fringe.
At the Five Eliza Comedy Night (another one, this Tuesday), Alice Fraser, shone through as a rising star, and popular favourite with the crowd, and let me tell you they were a hard crowd to perform to! Armed with her banjo and a brilliant way with words, her show Word Crime is at Bedlam Bar, Glebe from 25-27th, alongside Mat Wakefield who is guilty of Thought Crime.
With it's cosy sofas and lounge room feel, Madame Fling Flong's upstairs room was the perfect setting for Jim Vanderboom's Cabaret show. Although, when the 10 piece Acappelicans filed through the seating, I did wonder if they would fit in the performing space. However, the intimacy was perfect, for the a capella group, as no microphones were required.
Looks can be deceiving, these guys are devilishly entertaining
The Acappelicans' opening number gave us a feel for their vocal talent, whilst their second number a beautifully arranged and therefore highly ironic version of 'Stacey's Mum' solidified them as a dynamic act. With a very entertaining repertoire of popular songs, that have been cleverly re-composed and are excellently delivered, the Acappelicans' only Fringe show is at the Seymour Centre on Wednesday 26th.
Another ideally intimate space for watching Cabaret is the Supper Club at the Oxford Hotel. Arriving early, 8pm, for Amelia Ryan's Storm in a D cup is recommended, to get a good seat and sample the menu.
Amelia Ryan is instantly lovable as she launches into her versions of classic songs that illustrate her tumultuous life. I am sure most people in the audience had a friend like her or could empathise with her anecdotes of missing flights, collecting parking tickets and disastrous dates. Amelia's comic take on her life made for a highly entertaining show. Although, at times her enthusiasm and energy meant that the microphone wasn't in front of her mouth for some key notes of songs, Amelia certainly went down a 'storm' with the crowd. Her show Storm in a D cup is on Thursday 27th and Saturday 29th.
There are other Sydney Fringe events continuing all over Sydney this week. Check out some of my earlier reviews for inspiration. Find out about the FUNNY, FAMILY, FEISTY and FUNKY or check out the Fringe website for all today's shows.