When I attended Laurie Black's Bad Luck Cabaret show last year at Fringe, we had a fairly small crowd, but Laurie made sure it was thoroughly enjoyable with her handpicked array of talented artists who truly made our night memorable, to say the least. It allowed me to experience a number of different Fringe artists in all their glory, which was a huge bonus, because I got to know of the many different acts that were available at the Fringe during the season.
And if there's anything to go by this year's show, it seems to have gotten bigger, better, and so much more thrilling. Back again at Adelaide Fringe this year, Laurie Black's show Bad Luck Cabaret incorporated a high level of interactivity with the audience, which also provided the team (artists and audience) with the opportunity to improvise a bit during the show. The artists who were part of the show were able to demonstrate their ability to engage with and present material that was also proven to be thoughtful and appealing, particularly for a crowd where people came from different cultures.
The two other acts that were part of this show included secret keeper Lilly Molotov and Norwegian comedian extraordinaire Pepito from Viggo Venn: Pepito. As my friend Dharshinie commented, each of these two acts brought a different kind of "spice" to the show - in the sense that they were both very different to Laurie's show theme and performance, but this is what made the show seem like a melting pot of seriously good talent.
Not to sound biased, but the stand-out moments of this show were all the ones that included Laurie Black - from her asking the audience to rock her black and white tapes in the most fashionable manner possible to her soulful singing that serenaded us away to a blissful state, Laurie was a natural at bringing together elements of humor, excitement, and serenity to La Petite Grande.
There's something truly magical about this talented young woman with her unique sense of style, substance, and sassiness that has made her show one of the clear must-see shows of Adelaide Fringe 2018. She is also hosting another show - Laurie Black Live - which I cannot wait to experience in the next couple of weeks.
Book your tickets to Bad Luck Cabarethere - if you miss out, that's bad luck for you!
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