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EastEnd Cabaret - Fringe World 2016 - Review

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by Jay Crisp Crow (subscribe)
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They want you to come and play
The venue at the Perth Fringe Festival lends itself to the dark, slightly seedy circus feeling. The audience is settling in, when all of a sudden we're assailed by two rather terrifying characters.

Victy and Bernie are scary and tremendously talented, almost in equal measure.

Bernie resembles the kind of character that would wear puppies for a coat and Victy is achingly tense in total adoration of Bernie.

Victy is a "one woman/man band", by the way.

EastEnd Cabaret has performed at Edinburgh Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, throughout Europe and Australia and have been in residence at the Wonderground on London's Southbank. They have appeared on BBC3 and ABC2, shared stages with Amanda Palmer, Tim Minchin and The Tiger Lillies.

The duo have recently been named 'Best Musical Variety Act' at the 2015 London Cabaret Awards, and have received the 'Best Cabaret' award at Adelaide Fringe, as well as nominations for the Edinburgh TO&ST award from Soho Theatre, the Brighton Fringe prize and Perth Festival's 'Best Show'.

The songs are original, hilarious and more than just a touch risque. They're the kind of lyrics that have you bellowing with laughter before you've remembered to blush but the whole show is such a riot it doesn't really matter.

In an hour we witness the playing of an accordion, a piano, violent xylophoning and, for a little relief, a saw. We witness Bernie personally manhandle around half a dozen young (or burly) men; including turning two men into a man-beast, enjoy a song about stalking through a hole in the cupboard door, complete with scrabble and sandwiches and a mega mix which includes a German banana jingle. And that's just the beginning.

Think Eurovision with a 90's beat, live music and just about the best belty voices you'll hear in a good while.

I highly recommend you accept Bernie's invitation to "come and play" while they grace the Fringe Stage.

Go on, grab tickets and sit in the front row.

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Why? Because Bernie wants you to come and play...
When: NOW until 31st January
Where: Fringe World Festival, Pleasure Garden
Cost: From $15
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