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Cabaret Festival Review: Mel & Sam – The Best Of

Mel & Sam know their audience, and there were plenty of raucous theatre kids in the Space Theatre

Mel & Sam know their audience, and there were plenty of raucous theatre kids in the Space Theatre
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Presented by: Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Reviewed: 14 June, 2024

Are you a horse girl? A horse girl who thinks suburban mums are deeply and undeniably attractive? A horse girl who thinks suburban mums are deeply and undeniably attractive AND has a deep connection to the Spirit of Tasmania? Boy, do I have the duo for you.

Mel & Sam are truly fast rising, up and comers in Australian musical comedy, and in 3 short years have compiled enough material for a greatest hits night, and that’s what was presented Friday night at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. A true mixed bag of style, the first thing you notice is the quality of the production of the underlying music – even if it was incredibly loud throughout the loudest numbers in the show.

It’s very clear these two are incredibly close, and work very well together on stage. They have an infectious energy that would border on annoying if they weren’t so earnestly enjoying themselves and each other’s company. A highlight of the show wasn’t even a joke – it was Sam telling the audience just how talented she thinks her co-star Mel really is (the audience agreed, with some of the most vociferous applause reserved for her solo number Juicebox)

Other musical highlights include the aforementioned Horse Girl number, complete with the ceremonial cleaning of hoofs onstage, Babies are Cancelled! complete with mid-song diatribe about the laziness and attention seeking behavior exemplified by our societies youngest inhabitants, and an ode to the “mid musical theatre boy” – not a commonplace sight but clearly one that struck a cord as the audience turned and point and laughed at each other throughout the number. Mel & Sam know their audience, and there were plenty of raucous theatre kids in the Space Theatre.

With an upcoming album, and I’m sure more stage work to come, these are up and comers to see as soon as you can.

Reviewed by Daniel Hamilton

Photo credit: Claudio Raschella

Venue: Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
Season: ended

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