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Cabaret Festival Review: Second Wedding Singer

Simon Hall (aka Yon), of Tripod fame, transforms the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent into a wedding venue.

Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Simon Hall (aka Yon), of Tripod fame, transforms the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent into a wedding venue. He enters with his band The Brass Ring, and chooses two members of the audience to pose as the happy couple. Hall continues to talk to the newlyweds throughout the show, acting as master of ceremonies and looking the part in a sequined snakeskin jacket and bow tie.

Hall is anything but romantic as he offers a series of tongue-in-cheek jokes about love, marriage, and divorce. Through song he recounts two broken people finding each other, suggests trying a threesome to reignite the fire in your relationship, explores childish rivalry, parental guilt, and jealousy. Melodramatic and impassioned, Hall prioritises comedic effect over singing voice, melody, and rhythm.

His brass band lends a professional accompaniment to Hall’s comedy. They work together seamlessly and are well rehearsed. Hall acts like an awkward presenter, sharing too many ironic yet painful truths and jokes that go too far. It is sometimes difficult to tell if a flat joke is intended as part of this act.

In the finale, Hall marches out of the Spiegeltent followed by The Brass Ring and the bride and groom. For a few moments the audience waits, hoping he will come back and end the show with a bang. Then the lights come on.

Tripod fans, together with those who love awkward humour and naughty jokes, will likely enjoy Second Wedding Singer.

 Reviewed by Nicola Woolford

Rating: 3/5

Venue: Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent
Season: 21st – 22nd June
Duration: 60 mins
Tickets: $36.90 – $46.90
Bookings: Adelaide Festival Centre

 

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