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Songs, sequins and self-reflection
This comedy cabaret show is part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival and stars Scottish songstress, Nicola Hamilton. It features a mix of covers and parodies of popular rock and pop songs.
You might recognise tunes from The Offspring and Queen to Kanye West and a Disney classic. You may never listen to the hit song Milkshake by Kelis the same way ever again after seeing this show!
It is easy to warm to Hamilton's character of Bobby Blue. Equal parts self-promoting and self-deprecating, she is both her own best friend and worst enemy. She lets the audience in on her biggest fears and perceived weaknesses while also trying to prove to us why she has got what it takes to be famous one day.
Hamilton's vocals are sweet and smooth but powerful when it counts. She utilises backing tracks, but also shows her musical prowess on the glockenspiel and the ukulele.
Held at The Butterfly Club, Downstairs, a venue that is a draw card in itself, the intimate setting is perfect in helping to create the sense that the audience is in Bobby's room with her.
Hamilton engages well with the audience and the minimal audience participation is all in good fun so there's nothing to fear.
You'll have to wait until the end of the show to discover the reason Bobby has been hiding in her room for a while. I'm sure we can all relate to not wanting to face the world at times. The message I took from this show is to embrace our imperfections.
This is a highly enjoyable show where music and humour blend seamlessly. Tickets available via the Fringe Festival website.