Presented by Michelle Pearson
Reviewed 18 February 2018
Michelle Pearson has a remarkable voice, which makes her stand out in any show: combine that with her love of cooking and you have a sell out Fringe show. 2017 saw her host her unique show at both Adelaide and Melbourne Fringes to full houses. Her reputation has grown and this year will be no different.
In a relaxed atmosphere, she serenaded her audience and chatted effortlessly about her life, her loves and her heartbreak. As she peeled back the layers of her life she talked about the importance of food and family, sharing her insights and her recipes. Not only did we, the audience get to see how the dishes are prepared, but we got to sample every one. The Haloumi entrée, the lamb main and the wonderful chocolate mousse for desert.
Michelle is supported by her new husband Stuart Symons and other family members and the staff of Mercato. Much of the magic is aided by her sous chef Lauren Quinn and other helpers including a couple of lucky audience members who get to assist, as dishes are prepared. Aaron Nash beautifully accompanies the music on keyboards.
The food is interesting but the star of the night remains Pearson’s voice, mostly with versions of familiar songs with her own words, but the one exception was her emotional version of Wild Horses dedicated to her father (who passed recently) which brought many of the audience close to tears.
This is an unusual cabaret show but one that is not to be missed!
Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Rating out of 5: 5
Venue: The joiney – Exhibition Space
Season: 23, 24 Feb 1-3, 10, 15 -17 March
Duration: 90 mins