Presented by Eliane Morel and The Garage International
Reviewed 1st March 2022
Sydney based performer and writer Eliane Morel presents her one-woman cabaret Disenchanted, ripe with social satire and frivolity. She enters wearing an exquisite corseted gown, complimented by an ornate wig made from paper flowers. Morel welcomes the audience as Madame d’Aulnoy, a historical figure known for creating scandals and hosting parties in seventeenth century Paris. Madame d’Aulnoy has heard many fairy tales at her parties, all with a whisper of truth behind them. Her series of guests (Morel in different costumes) recount famous fairy tales from a fresh point of view.
Each character sings with original lyrics to popular songs, while accompanied by talented pianist Daryl Wallis (who is also musical director for Disenchanted). The banter between Wallis and Morel’s characters is funny and charismatic – in stark contrast to the pre-recorded voice-overs that play during her costume changes. These often interrupt the pacing of the show, which is a shame.
Watching Morel assume different personas and sing in different styles is a delight. She has a rich, operatic soprano. However, her energy is at times overwhelming, especially when setting the scene of Madame d’Aulnoy’s salons. Perhaps this could be due to opening night nerves.
Morel has taken well-known fairy-tales and tunes and created a cabaret that presents fresh ideas.
Reviewed by Nicola Woolford
Rating (out of 5): 3
Venue: The Garage International
Season: 1st – 17th March 2022
Duration: 60 mins.
Tickets: $25.00 – $30.00