Presented by Amelia Ryan
Reviewed 24 February 2018
Amelia Ryan brings her tale of pregnancy to the stage in a funny assortment of songs, detailed anecdotes and witty banter. The show is a delightful production that is packed with many authentic and comedic moments.
The Breast Is Yet To Come uses metaphors and rewritten song lyrics to retell the process of finding out she is pregnant and understanding the changes happening in her body as she brings a child into this world. The songs are regularly upbeat and cleverly reinterpreted to inject humour in a fairly crafty manner.
Ryan is a truly capable cabaret performer. She is very engaged with the audience and conveys a charming presence on stage. The honesty in her show is presented in a casual manner that makes the reality and potentially intense moments approachable and entertaining.
She utilises costume changes to create a contrast between a glamorous cabaret outfit that shines on stage, and the comfortable clothes she wore while pregnant. This switch in presentation highlights additional comical points that were smartly written into her new lyrics for easily recognisable pop songs.
The show is backed by fellow cabaret performer Michael Griffiths on keys. The pair has a relaxed dynamic with several sly moments of banter that neatly bring Griffiths out from the back of the stage and highlight his talent on the keys.
The set is rounded out with slower songs dedicated to her son and add a layer of deep emotion to an otherwise humour-focused, quick paced show. These songs draw attention to her stunning vocals and ability to command on the stage.
Amelia Ryan’s The Breast Is Yet To Come is an amusing, mum orientated show. Ryan is performing it on multiple dates throughout the rest of the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Reviewed by Alex Dunkin
Rating out of 5: 4
Venue: Spiegel Zelt at Gluttony
Season: 24-25 February, 3-4 and 10-11 March 2018
Duration: 70 mins