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Overall review: ★★★★★ Date atended: 07/03/2019
It's all about getting intimate and having the best time in each other's company - that's what Bernie Dieter hopes for her beautiful audience members to experience at her Little Death Club.
Sweet and batting her eyelashes, Dieter erupts from the shadows and produces her pitch-perfect voice to match the ambience of the moody speakeasy tent. "Let's all get a bit intimate" is her mantra and that's exactly what this show will push you to do, and weirdly enough, you won't be able to help yourselves! You will laugh with her. You will feel sexually charged by her presence. You will swoon to the tunes of her melodious voice. You will be left tantalised by this alluring performance of Dieter and her Weimar punk jazz band to get you in the mood and join in the fun brought in by her eclectic cast of misfits.
It's incredible how much talent was packed into just 60 minutes! We start off by witnessing the beautiful Beau Sargent, who delivered an impressive feast of contortion, acrobatics, and aerials that was hauntingly breathtaking. Next up, there's everyone's favourite 7ft bearded temptress Gingzilla, who makes the audience go wild with her earth-shattering voice that reaches several octaves of fabulousness and her larger-than-life legs that makes all the women jealous with envy. We then see the gorgeous Leah Shelton aka Dreamy Doll, who does a rendition of a plastic Barbie doll that sets herself free from her stereotypical form of movement and finesse to shed it all off and embrace who her inner soul yearns to be. Josh Glanc aka Tipi the Mime discovers the magic of having a voice and control over his actions and goes on a hilarity-ensuing yet deeply moving mission to pursue his interests, thereby breaking away from the need to please everyone around him but himself. Kitty Kitty Bang Bang tears up the stage with her intense fire twirling and seductive fire eating skills - like we weren't feeling hot enough from the glammed up hotness that was entertaining us throughout the show! Bringing it to a grand close, we are blessed with Dieter one last time, as she pays homage to her beloved and spirit animal 'oma' with a powerful heart stopping drinking song that serenades us embrace everyone, regardless of the differences that tend to divide us, from a societal perspective.
Self-proclaimed queen of kink and Kabarett, Dieter has brilliantly put together a variety show where there are no strings attached and it serves a quintessential assortment that is worthy of a quality late night cabaret show. Incorporating a lighthearted yet powerful social commentary on self-acceptance and presenting a space, where audiences can temporarily escape the clutches of the evil that plagues our planet. Little Death Club is the essence of cabaret, which personifies it by supplying you with a much-needed dose of burlesque, comedy, dance, circus, song, sideshow, contortion, and vaudeville. It dares you to jump as far out of your comfort zone as you can and experience class acts that are bold, sassy, classy, and sexually arousing. So jump on board this Gin-soaked roller coaster of an adventure show that will excite all your senses and leave you tingling in your favourite bits. Bringing together an attractive dysfunctional family of misfits (as Dieter affectionally refers to them), what lies ahead is a show with a sprinkle of political insight, satirical comedy, razor-sharp wit, a tenacity to blow audiences away, and a ton of entertainment.
Bernie Dieter's Little Death Club will be performing at Gluttony till March 17, as part of the Adelaide Fringe. Book your tix here.