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A Very Good Variety Show - Fringe World Review

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The clue to the quality of the show is in the name - A Very Good Variety Show is exactly that a very good variety show starring the delectable Jessie Gordon, the suave Mark Turner, the exciting Cougar Morrison, the waif-like Mia Matthiessen voluptuous burlesque dancers Lucy Lovegun and Veruca Sour, as well as The Sugar Duchess and Amelia Kisses plus the incomparable Perth Cabaret Collective.

A Very Good Variety Show, Ellington Jazz Club, Jessie Gordon, Mark Taylor, Cougar Morrison, Perth Cabaret Collective
The Fabulous Jessie Gordon (Photograph courtesy Perth Fringe World)

Put them all in the Ellington Jazz Club, throw in some songs from the forties, Cabaret, torch songs, some old songs and some new ones and you have a show that's worth a hell of a lot more than the actual price of admission.

I have huge admiration for Miss Gordon, her glorious voice, shimmering personality and persona are solid gold quality. If she looked like a Silverback Mountain Gorilla she'd still be worth listening to, but as it is, she's also gorgeous to look at, a distinct bonus.

A Very Good Variety Show, Ellington Jazz Club, Jessie Gordon, Mark Taylor, Cougar Morrison, Perth Cabaret Collective
Jessie, Mark and The Perth Cabaret Collective in A Very Good Variety Show (Photograph courtesy Perth Fringe World)

The show runs for an hour, a packed hour of entertainment from Perth's finest for me the standouts were Mark and Jessie singing I Won't Dance and Jessie and Cougar's Money Money, from Cabaret, although Jessie's take on Mein Herr from the same show was truly spectacular.

The A Very Good Variety Show is only on for three performances, and you've missed two and the third is sold out, so look out for this talented crew's other shows.

Jessie can be seen in Fairly Average Dance Band; with Lucky Oceans in The Piano Has Been Drinking and The Western Swing Hour. Mark Turner and Jessie are together in Best Friends and she and the lovely Ali Bodycoat perform together in Peggy and Judy.

The best place to see (and hear) the Perth Cabaret Collective is in Glamourpuss, which also features the superb Cougar Morrison.

Very, Very Highly Recommended Indeed.

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Why? Jessie, Mark and Cougar with Jazz and Pizzazz
When: 8:45pm
Where: The Ellington Jazz Club, 191 Beaufort Street, Northbridge
Cost: $25
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