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Cabaret Festival Review: RocKwiz Salutes Adelaide

A rocking party from start to finish, all over too soon

A rocking party from start to finish, all over too soon

Presented by: Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Reviewed: 17 June, 2023

Rock fans of all ages were treated to a boisterous evening of trivia and entertainment on Saturday night. The popular RocKwiz TV format translates exceptionally well to the stage, with lots of laughs, some insanely knowledgeable contestants, and music performances from special guests.

RocKwiz on stage gives the feeling of an off-the-cuff style, spontaneous, live show, but look a little closer and you can see that this show is very well rehearsed and produced. It’s slick, without being cheese, and the relaxed and fun tone belies a tight performance by a talented group of professionals.

Brian Nankervis had the audience hyped and laughing from the moment he hit the stage. Leading the early charge, Nankervis is seasoned and fine-tuned. The RocKwiz band is exceptional, providing flawless back up to the special guests who performed.

Julia Zemiro brings her seemingly endless energy and quick wit to the party, and she’s in great form. Affable, sharp, and assured, this is very much Julia’s show, but it’s impossible not to notice how much she enjoys sharing it with everyone involved.

Whoever was in charge of choosing the contestants (from the audience) should be commended. The knowledge these contestants had was truly impressive, certainly adding to the whole event.

Performances from John Schumann (of Redgum fame), David Campbell, and Jess Hitchcock were very well received, and Adelaide icon Anne Wills reminded us of why she’s so loved with her hilarious anecdotes and excellent delivery.

The RocKwiz party will return to Adelaide in August as part of a continuing national tour, but Saturday’s show was sold out and the upcoming interstate gigs are all sold out too. So, get your tickets now.

Reviewed by Doug Phillips

Photo credit: Claudio Raschella

Venue: Adelaide Festival Theatre
Season: Ended
Duration: 2 hours

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