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Big Smoke Fauna – Review

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by Chloe Cannell (subscribe)
I'm a writer with a love of young adult novels, musical theatre and vegetarian food.
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Frankly is at home in the heart of Adelaide's cabaret
Overall rating: ★★★★★

big smoke fauna
Sourced from the Adelaide Fringe website


Warning: coarse language, (relatable) adult themes

We often look back on the previous year in a social media update or revising our CVs. Local sultry songstress Frankly makes a show out of it. In her third original, self-produced show Frankly is honest and open about 2018 – the year she planned to get her sh*t together.

In the intimate La Bohème, Frankly lures you close with her unique songs and quick wit. And you're not turned off when she announces she owns enough underwear to avoid laundry for a month. In actuality, you laugh along with her brazen attitude about all her questionable choices.

One of those initially questionable choices is signing up to perform a show at Adelaide Fringe without a show. In her own words, 'Big Smoke Fauna' began as a 'big smoke f*ck up'. She seamlessly pulled it together though, and the full seats are thankful to hear her in song and conversation.

Frankly tells us about making decisions based on tarot card readings, growing up dreaming to be an artist and leasing a terrible rental property. Sitting at her keyboard does not hold Frankly back from being an animated singer. She serves looks and spreads her legs up onto the chair for comfort. Her clever, catchy song lyrics will have you singing along by the second chorus.

Truthfully, I had a class with Frankly (Nicole O'Rielley on her license) in a university performance class. I remember her being absent often, but I guess class attendance does add up to performer. And Frankly is confident with a microphone and glass of red.

Don't miss out on this cabaret! See Frankly in 'Big Smoke Fauna' at La Bohème Saturday 9, Sunday 10 and Saturday 16. Book your tickets now.

Follow her socials at @franklyadl on Facebook and Instagram.

Date attended: 2 March 2019
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Why? Local songstress makes humour of adult struggles in song
When: Mar 9th - 10pm, 10th - 6pm, 16th - 10pm
Where: La Bohème
Cost: $15 - 20
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