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Trickster - A Dark-Indie Cabaret

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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
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A Twisted Tale that Has No Limits
As near nudity is the only way to sell tickets, Bradley Storer storms into the theatre in only undies. He is young, fit and energetic and can certainly get away with it. This entrance from the rear alludes to a show that is unique and risky in equal measure.

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Not tall, but dark and handsome


It's early in the show when the Trickster (looking and sounding a little like the Joker from Batman) commands loud cheering from the audience. This is followed by noticeable silence punctuated by spontaneous laughter and arm swinging to the songs.

The stage is stripped back to the bare minimum. This means the focus of the audience is the one and only Bradley Storer just the way he likes it. He belts out 'Babushka' like a night of wild passion as it deserves. His voice is powerful, intense and passionate. During one song I am sure I saw his face age as he told his story. He really meant it and I was moved as were others around me.

Trickster cheekily takes music from the Dresden Dolls, Nick Cave, Kurt Weill, Kate Bush and Rage Against The Machine and his recreated lyrics are dark and mischievous.

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Showing at the stunning Butterfly Club


Performer Bradley Storer concedes he needs to include three elements into his performance for it to be considered a cabaret. He needs:

1. Bad jokes (of which he sprinkles liberally throughout the performance)
2. A story
3. Audience participation (when he announces this the audience groans along with him). Actually this part of the show is not intimidating compared to many cabarets.

Trickster is a dark-indie cabaret exploring the insanities of the modern world. Bradley seems hell bent on putting injustices and humiliation under the microscope. He is not perturbed about challenging conventions and tackling the absurdities of accepted norms. Bradley even shows distaste for the role models for our young girls the Kardasian geniuses!

No religious, political or social issues are immune to his wicked tongue. He has no sense of political correctness, indeed I think he tries to offend and shock.

Being an optimist and pacifist he challenged my boundaries of what might be considered art and what might be alternatively offensive. I am sure he is well aware of this effect.

To my surprise this seems to work for the audience, perhaps they are more familiar with the genre, less surprised than I or they just enjoyed the singing without paying attention to the lyrics.

If I were his mother I would probably ask him why he couldn't use his skills and talents for good and not evil and I'm sure he'd have an answer.

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Bradley in action


Storer paints a portrait of the world with very little variation on the color black. Faced with the chaos and harsh realities of the modern world when you do not fit the stereoptypes, what should one do? Laughter, kindness, madness... there's no recipe book for life or antidote for the pain. In Trickster, Bradley commands us to delve into our soul and try to climb back out!

As I am new to this performing arts genre I asked some members of the audience their opinions:
' I saw it advertised on Weekend Notes and thought it looked interesting'

'He has presence and talent and is not afraid of visiting no go zones'.

'I liked the fact that the audience participation was not intimidating'
The Trickster: Bradley Storer draws the audience into the darkest corners of his imagination and existence. With his soul piercing eyes and his wicked tongue, he tells his story through song, dance and dramatic stories.

At times funny, it's also a demonic, dark cabaret leaving us with the question of the night: If we're all heading for hell, why not at least go out in style wearing tap shoes and a wicked smile?

Acknowledgement: Photography by Paul Bryan

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*Jeni Wilson was invited as a guest
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When: 2nd 7th of February
Where: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne
Cost: $25-32
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