Laurie Black is one of the most recognizable faces in the Fringe world. With her distinct aura of being a carefree and spunky "vixen", Black isn't one to shy away from telling it as it is. Having watched her perform last year and this year at Adelaide Fringe, I was excited to watch this brand new show of hers, which she debuted in Australia this year.
Set in the beautiful nook La Boheme, which is located off Grote Street, Black's performance took place in a spacious room with a stage and plenty of tables and booths to accommodate a generous audience.
Starting off the show with a powerful combination of poetry and tips on how to survive the apocalypse, she diminishes the view that people don't generally seem to care much about the world ending. Black informs us that, in the UK, people are given a 4 minute warning for when they perceive the world is about to end. People are given this warning to be able to gravitate towards their bunker and seek shelter, while He Who Must Not Be Named spills his wrath on our universe.
Through the power of music and her incredible vocal skills, Black serenades us with strong numbers that have lyrics weighted with meaning and substance. Hitting the high notes and low notes and everything in between, Black captivates the audience with her ability to address the important topics of interest that set into motion a revolution - a revolution of the kind that would make us want to care for this world.
There is a natural flow of conversation between Black and the audience, which create some intimate and real moments of getting to know the beautiful soul beyond her style of presenting herself as an alternative cabaret extraordinaire. She also beautifully balances two very dominant characters - one who is fearless, confident, and devoted to making a difference in the way we live our worlds, and another who is just as fragile and vulnerable as the rest of us, who don't have a clue about how we can salvage what is left of the world.
Throughout the show, there are strong discussions around themes of the apocalypse, humanity, and survival, but in a manner that truly inspires you from within and will - guaranteed - hit you right in the feels. Notable songs such as Power and a personal favourite Moonshine, particularly made a long-lasting impact on the audience through strong lyrics, pleasing tunes, and the overall performance that Black incorporated into the act to make a heck of a statement.
Black is a force to be reckoned with. She is convincing, she is genuine, and she is a badass who will mesmerize you with her enchanting voice, her warrior-like appearance, and her songs that have sass and substance to them.
While Laurie Black: LIVE may have ended for the Adelaide Fringe season, you can find Laurie demonstrating her best skills as a cabaret queen at her other show - Bad Luck Cabaret - which will be taking place in Gluttony over the next two nights. Book your tickets to this show here.