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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at:
Published February 7th 2018
Scores 10 out of 7, 007
In an episode of The West Wing, President Jed Bartlett is decrying James Bond's choice of liquor: 'Shaken, not stirred. He's ordering a weak martini and being snooty about it'.

He's referring to the fact that 'shaken' breaks up the ice and makes it melt quicker diluting the gin and vermouth. It's this kind of pedantry that's makes being a nerd so much fun.

It's also the kind of fun that Shaken at Perth Fringe World creates. Billed as 'A James Bond Cabaret' it is a celebration of all things 007 by Erin Jay Hutchinson and Charlie D Barkle (not sure I entirely believe that name, mind you).

Shaken, Charlie D Barkle, Erin Jay Hutchinson, Perth Fringe World Festival 2018, Ellington Jazz Club
Erin Hutchinson and Charlie D Barkle (Photograph courtesy Perth Fringe World)

The two, both from Perth, do this by a mixture of songs, old and new, jokes old and new and huge helpings of charm and deep dish nerdery knowledge of all thing Bond.

Both performers have splendid voices and belt out the theme tunes, not exactly mimicry, bur certainly channelling Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones and Tina Turner among others.

A delight of a show at The Ellington Jazz Club in Beaufort Street, Shaken runs until the 11th February. Tickets cost $25-$30, there's a bar and comfortable chairs and small tables and table service - combined with a great show, what could anyone want more?

Tickets can be bought here.

Both performers are appearing in several other shows apart and together - I think it would be a good idea to search their other shows out too.

Very Highly Recommended Indeed.

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Why? The namesh Bond, Jamesh Bond.
When: 8:00pm
Where: The Ellington Jazz Club, 191 Beaufort Street, Northbridge
Cost: $25 to $30
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