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Make Believe - Children's Songs for Grown-ups

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
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Childhood reminiscences with a twist
Children's entertainer David Salter proves he has what it takes to be equally entertaining for adults in his latest show Make Believe - Children's Songs for Grown Ups. Having regularly performed at children's parties, Salter didn't need to learn a new repertoire of songs - just re-imagined them a little, and gave them a twist.

Make Believe - Children's Songs for Adults
David Salter takes the audience on a journey through their favourite childhood reminiscences


In this entertaining 50 minute show, Salter takes us on a journey through some old and new childhood favourites. Starting with a rather bawdy version of Rubber Ducky, we progress to My Favourite Things, sung initially with Julie Andrews-esque precision, and degenerating into something far raunchier.

This sets the scene for the rest of the show, in which no childhood favourites are sacred. Salter even has a (good-hearted) swipe at The Wiggles.

Make Believe - Children's Songs for Adults
David playing the ukulele - one of the three instruments he plays in his show


Taking a more serious line, Salter's version of Puff the Magic Dragon would, I think, meet with the approval of original artists Peter, Paul and Mary. It was so sweet and touching - and encouraged a bit of an audience singalong in the chorus. Nice work.

Salter's visitation by his 'inner child' is perhaps of the funniest scenes in the show.

Make Believe - Children's Songs for Adults
A visitation by his 'inner child'


In the space of 50 minutes, Salter demonstrates his flexibility and talent by playing no fewer than three instruments, singing, performing a credible magic trick and incorporating ventriloquism. It's pretty darned impressive!

On stage, Salter radiates a personality that suggests he is truly in touch with his inner child; I mean this in a positive way. There is a joy in all he does, and a seeming lack of self-consciousness that one associates more with children. It translates into an easy to watch, thoroughly enjoyable and relatable show. Outside in the bar, after the show, Salter is friendly and easygoing, appearing off stage very much like he is when performing.

Salter deserves a far bigger audience than he had on the night I saw the show, and I would encourage you to go and support him!

Make Believe - Children's Songs for Grown-ups plays at The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne at 8.30pm each night until Saturday 18th August.

Tickets are full: $34, concession: $30. Click here to buy tickets online, buy them at the door, or call The Butterfly Club on (03) 9663 8107.

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Why? Easy to watch entertainment by the multi-talented David Salter
When: 8.30pm each night until Saturday 18th August
Phone: (03) 9663 8107
Where: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place (off Little Collins Street), Melbourne
Cost: Full - $34, concession - $30
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