This show is nothing short of energetic - from start to finish, there is a high level of interactivity, enjoyment, and electric energy that seeps through the many different areas of the tent. The team at After School Hours was blessed with a crowd of adults and children who were not shy to become a part of the show, which further added to the magical atmosphere resonating through the different acts of the show.
Sources of entertainment included Vaudeville clowning mime extraordinaire David Splatt (Australia's Got Talent finalist), the ever so feisty hula hooping extraordinaire Clara Cupcakes, and the inimitable Kelly Ann Doll, along with the excellent hosting skills of well-known Fringe-goer and beautiful human Tash York, who has the voice of a nightingale. Her cover of Oasis's Wonderwall made me fall in love with the song all over again. A natural at showmanship as well, York was able to engage with her audience seamlessly and make everyone in the tent feel comfortable.
This show heavily relies on audience interactivity, but with such a friendly and fun cast of talented individuals, you will feel compelled to get involved in the various acts of the show. Each cast member seemed to be a natural with the kids and for someone who wants to pursue a career of working with children in the very near future, it was insightful to learn the simple and nifty ways of encouraging children to feel comfortable enough to work with you effortlessly.
After School Hours is a well-executed children's matinee cabaret show that will leave you and the children with a huge smile on your faces, in addition to finding appreciation for the variety of wacky yet whimsical acts that are set out in true "vaudeville style". The 6 piece After Hours live jazz band provided with the perfect music to intensify the fun elements of the different acts on stage; such as hula hooping, puppetry, singing, dancing, and magic.
In the words of artistic director Bettie Bombshell, "Come with us on an exciting journey celebrating acceptance, friendship and things that are a little bit different with some wonderfully weird characters". This weekend is the final weekend of Adelaide Fringe so if you're looking for a show that will bring you and/or your family 50 minutes of solid fun and laughter, and then I'd highly recommend booking tickets to After School Hours ASAP - jump on the Adelaide Fringe website and book your tickets here. And remember - anything goes after school hours!