Top Picks for Adelaide Fringe (no. 4)

The tents are packed away, the food trucks have rolled on, and the Adelaide Fringe is done for another year. What a year! I feel like it really flew by this time. I’m feeling pretty forlorn about it all but luckily I’m going on my honeymoon in 2 weeks which cheers me up! Hooray! I know it’s all over so you can’t go and see these shows, but I saw two excellent shows on the very last night of Fringe that I want to tell you about. If you get to see them elsewhere then you absolutely should!



I saw this show last year at Tuxedo Cat when it was in development and it was really great to see where it had evolved to. The hour flew by with pretty much non-stop laughter as well as some disgusted groans as Trygve mimed out some slightly disturbing scenarios – which were still hilarious. There is plenty of audience participation  which is fun and not terrifying, and it’s amazing how well the scenes are brought to life. Very inspiring for me as an aspiring clown and I highly recommend it!

Kraken is playing next in London…hopefully it’ll be back in Oz soon! 



I (and tons of other people) first saw Puddles performing a cover of “Royals” on Youtube with Scott Bradlee and the Postmodern Jukebox and was so intrigued. I had no idea why he was dressed as a clown or what was going on but I loved it anyway. So when I saw he was doing a show here I knew I had to see it. The show involves Puddles singing many a sad and beautiful song, yet the show was so funny and heart warming. I walked away with such a fuzzy warm feeling and I have no idea how that happened. Fantastic.

Puddles Pity Party is playing in Melbourne and Sydney. Check out deets here.


Top picks for Adelaide Fringe (no. 3)

I have pretty much finished up my shows for the Fringe – I have a small spot this weekend in The Rhythm Spectacular: The Music of Beyonce doing some swing and charleston (it looks like a really fun show – check it out!), but apart from that I am commencing my usual final week marathon to squeeze as many shows as humanely possible in before it’s all over! Here are some of the great things I’ve seen in the last week.

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Paul Currie: Release The Baboons

This is one of the most ridiculous and absurd shows I’ve seen,and you have to go in ready to accept that absurdism to have a good time. No one is safe and even those hiding in the back rows had to “kiss the duck”! Paul’s onstage presence is excellent – unfortunately we had a very irritating heckler in the audience but he handled it hilariously. I really don’t want to say too much because it’s one of those shows you just have to go and check out. Take a sense of fun and a touch of ridiculous and you’ll have a great time.

Paul Currie: Release The Baboons plays until March 15th at The Garden of Unearthly Delights. Buy tickets here

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Hot Brown Honey

Unabashed and unapologetic, the Hot Brown Honeys proceed to smash apart stereotypes and tear down privilege, all backed by a sweet hip hop soundtrack. The Honeys mix burlesque, music, poetry, dance and comedy to create a piece of work that is hilarious, thought provoking and inspiring. If we weren’t all made to stand up and dance at the end of the show, I would have stood up to give them an ovation anyway. Top stuff.

Hot Brown Honey plays until March 15th at The Croquet Club. Buy tickets here.


Sex Idiot By Bryony Kimmings

As soon as I saw Fake It Till You Make It, I knew I wanted to see Kimmings’ other show Sex Idiot. It’s a completely different show (as one would expect) but what it still has is an honest and heartfelt narrartive that is at times funny, sad, and ridiculous. Kimmings’ physicality is great as she parades around the stage in feathered finery, imitating the mating patterns of birds. There is some audience interaction too (I’ll leave you to find that one out yourself), crude stories, and the more vagina synonyms than you can poke a….well, you know.

Sex Idiot By Bryony Kimmings’ plays until March 14th at The Garden Of Unearthly Delights. Buy tickets here.



I saw Tessa Waters do a spot from her show at Fringe Club one night and I thought “Bam! That’s my kind of show”, and boy was I right. Tessa plays “WOMANz”, who combines excellent dance moves, clowning and physical theatre with a sharp wit and large dose of self-love. This is only the second time I have cried with laughter at a show  this Fringe (the first time was Briefs), and my stomach muscles were sore at the end from laughing so hard. A must see!

WOMANz is playing from until March 15th (except Wed) at The Garden of Unearthly Delights. Buy tickets here

Hump day!

Last night I finally got out on the Fringe Club dance floor with my favourite gals Becky Lou and Strawberry Siren, and we danced like this:


This, my friends, is what Fringe is all about.

Top picks for Adelaide Fringe (no. 2)

I haven’t seen a huge amount over the last week as we’ve been pretty busy with Big Band Burlesque, but I did get to see two phenomenal shows that I have been telling anyone who will listen to go and see.


1. Fake It ‘Til You Make It

This is probably the most heart moving and touching piece I have ever seen. The play tells the true life story of the actors, Bryony Kimmings and Tim Grayburn, and their struggle as a couple with Tim’s chronic depression, which he has hidden for most of his life. It sounds as if the show would be really, well….depressing, but it isn’t. There are plenty of dark moments which had me welling up, but the story overall is inspirational and uplifting. I encourage everyone to go see this who has ever struggled with depression or knows someone who has, or even if none of those apply to you see it anyway. This is really honest and important work and I applaud Bryony and Tim for bringing something that is often hidden away out of the shadows and into the light.

Fake It ‘Til You Make It plays every day except Monday until March 15th at The Croquet Club. Book tickets here.


2. BRIEFS: The Second Coming 

I was so excited to see BRIEFS as they haven’t been back to Adelaide in 5 years (and I didn’t catch the show then), so when they announced their Fringe season I almost wet myself. I’ve seen two of the main cast perform quite a bit – Captain Kidd and Fez Faanana, as well as one of their newest cast members The Evil Hate Monkey, so I knew it was going to be an amazing show. However, nothing could have prepared me for the absolute roller coaster spectacle that is BRIEFS. The gents open with a fan number that made my heart melt with love at the absolutely perfect lines and formations (trust me, you’ll get it), followed by the most amazing lira performance I have ever seen. It was at this stage of the show that I started to get an inkling for what was going on – absolute quality, trashy, camp, magnificent performances. The ticket price is so reasonable for the show (which is 80 minutes) – $40 (or $35 if you’re cheap like me and go on a Tuesday!). It might be on the higher end of the price range but it is worth every cent. I’m going to stop fangirling now and end here: if you don’t see this show you will be “jealoussssssssss….”.

BRIEFS: The Second Coming plays every night except Monday until March 15th at The Croquet Club. Click here to book

We need innovation

The other night I was wandering around Fringe with a friend who introduced me to someone. When asked what kind of performer I was, I answered burlesque. The person I just met then said, “Oh, you do this thing” and made this motion:


Now I’m sure he didn’t mean anything in particular by it, but it brought up a wellspring of feelings that have been dogging me for the last year or so. Is this really what people see burlesque as? Is this what we’ve been reduced to? The movie Burlesque created a wonderful boom for the industry which gave a lot of us work and got a lot of new people interested, but it has become so “mainstream” now – tits, teeth and feathers. This stuff is great, but there is so much more to it than that. Granted, this is not necessarily a bad thing. If audiences are no longer interested then it pushes us to create work that is exciting, engaging and captivating to the crowd. We need innovation to survive – not just in terms of getting full audiences, but also to propel ourselves. I found The Gin Sisters so fulfilling for this reason – it wasn’t necessarily innovative but it was something new for us and has opened up the world for me a little bit more. I’m going to focus on new work this year that is personally challenging and exciting.

To cheer myself up after this….


here are some of my favourite innovative burlesque routines – specifically from Australian artists.

Imogen Kelly

You can’t say “innovative burlesque” without thinking of Imogen Kelly. Imogen’s performances are always exciting and fresh – and it was her show “The Undressing Room” that I saw in the Adelaide Fringe in 2009 that opened my eyes to all the things burlesque can be. Here is one of her latest routines – performed at the New York Burlesque Festival.

Betty Grumble

I first saw Betty Grumble when she entered the Miss Burlesque Australia competition in 2011. She pretty much parodied the entire competition with hilarious and thought provoking results. Betty challenges the sexualisation of children through beauty pageants, as well as standards of beauty for women. I think her work is phenomenal – and it’s not for the faint hearted!

Mema Sifa

Mema Sifa is a local Adelaide performer, and I’m proud to say she started off in the Peaches ‘n’ Gin Burlesque Academy. Mema has a unique brand of “nerdlesque” with her acts referencing pop culture and nerd icons. She produces a show called “Bazinga Burlesque“, now in it’s second year at Adelaide Fringe and I just think her ideas are fantastic. Her Game of Thrones act that she performed at Miss Burlesque SA 2014 completely blew me away. Unfortunately it’s hard to get the full feel of the routine from a video so I haven’t posted it. I’m pretty sure she’s performing this at Bazinga – so get tickets! 


Photo by Steamkittens

There are still more artists I’d like to include – Lillian Starr, Vesper White, Glitta Supernova, Becky Lou, Sina King….perhaps in another post! And just for one last time…


Top picks for Adelaide Fringe (no. 1)

It’s my favourite time of year – the Adelaide Fringe Festival! We’re just about to wrap up the second week of the festival and I’ve been trying to squeeze as many shows in as possible – there just isn’t enough time! Here are my top picks so far.

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1. Yana Alana: Between The Cracks

If you like your cabaret bold and intelligent this is the show for you. Yana Alana loves being the centre of attention and never fails to be so owing to her stage presence and charisma. The creation of performer Sarah Ward, Yana Alana had me laughing until I cried and enthralled by her powerhouse voice. Yana dishes out advice from her self-written book, asks the audience to ponder sexuality and politics, bumps heads with her accompanist Jo and sings with “Burt Bacharach”, all whilst clothed in nothing but shockingly blue body paint. The nudity is soon forgotten though as the show is all about Yana’s larger than life personality.

Yana Alana plays at The Garden of Unearthly Delights until March 1st. Book here


2. Shake

I saw this show when I was performing at Fringe World in WA and I was very impressed. Becky Lou is a well-known burlesque performer and this is her first solo show. Shake shines a peek behind the curtain of the burlesque world, and we get to hear what is really going through Becky Lou’s mind as she bumps and grinds. Intimate, real and touching, the material is relatable and Becky’s relaxed and casual delivery makes it feel as if you are speaking with her one on one. It’s bump and grind with wit and wisdom!

Shake is playing at Tuxedo Cat every night except Wednesdays from 26th Feb-15th March. Book here

10507064_742720635770395_6785176820530820958_o3. Abandoman: Hot Desk

I first saw Abandoman in 2013. I had dragged my husband to see a bunch of cabaret shows that I wanted to see, and I thought this looked like a show he would specifically enjoy (he’s a bit of a hip hop fan) and so I bought tickets. What I didn’t anticipate was just how much I would laugh and how amazed I would feel! Abandoman improvises their songs based on audience feedback with hilarious results. The brain speed involved must be phenomenal. They are bringing a new show here this year and I haven’t seen it yet, but I will definitely be nabbing tickets.

Abandoman plays at The Garden of Unearthly Delights 2nd -15th March. Book here

Stay tuned for more of my top picks for The Adelaide Fringe! Get out there, see a show, try something new and have a darn good time.