Being a part of the captivated and engaged audience for the amusing, sell-out cabaret show "It Ain't Vot You Do It's Ze Vay Zat You Do It", I can't help but feel we missed out on the 2014 award-winning prelude "Desperately Young At Heart."
The multi-talented, amazing Cabaret Producer & Performer Robert Hofmann and his ensemble; Tommaso Pollio – Repetiteur, Cherie Hewson – costume designer & Stuart Maunder – Director, deliver a hilariously spontaneous performance that is somehow punctilious.
By no means is this show politically correct or reserved in behaviour, but Hofmann manages to respectfully and meticulously entertain, surrounding taboo subjects.
Inclusive of his crew's input, he is a comical, whimsical genius with words and song writing. He pushes the boundaries we may otherwise cringe or offend in speaking publicly about.
Amid conversation and timely costume changes Robert, delicately but boldly sings his way through a cast of 3 eccentric characters. He ensures audience participation is enjoyed and leaves you wanting just a little more before the hour is up.
The characters are drawn through inspiration from experiences over the years. All complete with different expressions, fitting attire and wigs to suit.
The first character, Helmut Wunderlicher, a psychologist and singing teacher attempts to provide mental and emotional therapy to his patients through the art of song - "You Are the Subject of My Next Sexual Fantasy" will have you in stitches.
Susan Higgins is a hymn and folk singer who plays guitar. She has recently established therapeutic classes, exploring an interaction between dance and literature.
Doctor Kay Overit, dispelled by her academic peers' now craves for a life as a cabaret singer. "When Sex Doesn't Work" is sung by tall Hofmann as Overit, in a very busty, red sequin dress and high heels. It's sure to work now!
Both are original songs by Hofmann with backing vocals and instrumental by Anthony Cormican. Discs went on sale at the end of the show for $5.
After watching Robert Hofmann perform live, it's no wonder he intrigues and dazzles his onlookers; with a fantastic voice and an extensive background in singing, including 20 years with the West Australian Opera.
Tommaso Pollio is an accompanist who works extremely well with Hofmann and is also an experienced soloist in his own right.
Image courtesy of: Simone Lee - The Stables are unique - barn style seating
We found traffic on the night of any Perth Fringe World exhibition or Northbridge event to be chaotic; especially with local site works contributing to pedestrians using the road.
Parking proved to be problematic with limited bays available nearby. After walking for 10 minutes we were no closer to locating The Stables @ the Perth Cultural Centre. It was difficult to find. A little tip - look for the Box Office or the Stables Bar!
Be certain to allow plenty of leeway for traffic and parking delays to make it to any performances in the James Street Mall on time.