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What the Fandango?! at FRINGE WORLD Festival

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A cabaret through South America and beyond
Perth's own Robert Hofmann introduced his four colourful and quirky characters, Dr Gaye Thyme, Sister Virgillious, Helmut Wunderlicher and Susan Higgins, in the award-winning cabaret Desperately Young at Heart four years ago. Having captured the heart of audiences, they have returned to the stage in What the Fandango?! at Perth Fringe World.

What the Fandango Fringe Festival Perth
Dr Gaye Thyme


With a flavour of South America and beyond Hofmann, combines comedy and cabaret in What the Fandango?! With an amazing, strong voice, Hofmann has sung with West Australian Opera but turned to cabaret in 2014. Helmut Wunderlicher showcases Hofmann's voice as he reworks standard love songs into humorous same-sex serenades. His rendition of 'Strangers on the Net' is hilarious.

Helmut Wunderlicher
Helmut Wunderlicher


The glamorous goddess, Dr Gaye Thyme, regales the audience with tales of her husband. Sister Virgillious is an Irish outspoken nun who doesn't hold back but my favourite, and it seemed the audience's favourite, was Susan Higgin, an evangelical guitar playing singer (if you could call her enthusiastic wailing singing!) Susan was accompanied by an audience member who contributed to her song with unusual percussion instruments which had the audience in stitches.

What the Fandango Fringe Festival Perth
Susan Higgins


The characters in the show are accompanied by Flossy (Cathie Travers) playing the piano accordion as they sing, dance and shimmy through costume changes. Cathie Travers is one of the finest accordionists in Australia and has collaborated with many artists including the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Barry Humphries. In What the Fandango?! she struggled at times to keep a straight face as Hofmann entertained the audience.



The world premiere of What the Fandango?! can be experienced in the De Parel Spiegeltent at The Pleasure Garden during Perth Fringe World 2018 from February 13 to 17 at 5:45pm.

What the Fandango Fringe Festival Perth
Sister Virgillious

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When: 13-17th Feb 2018
Where: De Parel Spiegeltent at The Pleasure Garden
Cost: $30
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