Fringe Review: Girl Power Collective

Fringe Review: Girl Power Collective

Who doesn’t love a classic girl group song! There are so many out there, and Girl Power Collective ensure that they cover everything, from the Andrews Sisters of the 40’s all the way to Little Mix from today, and everything in between.

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Girl groups rule!!
Overall
4

Reviewed at the Arkaba Hotel on 17 February 2019

Presented by Becky Blake

Who doesn’t love a classic girl group song! There are so many out there, and Girl Power Collective ensure that they cover everything, from the Andrews Sisters of the 40’s all the way to Little Mix from today, and everything in between. We are taken on a journey of this newly formed girl group as they try out all different styles and musical numbers, while trying to work out if they really gel as a group or not.

GPC begins with the three ladies singing Little Mix’s Black Magic through the crowd and onto the stage, introducing us to the band they are about to form. Two friends, Grace and Phoebe, looking to form a trio enlist the help of their friend Charlotte and the trio is complete! Over 75 minutes we watch these three friends tackle differet musical numbers as well as each other’s personalities and current challenges. The girls all have fantastic chemistry together, working well as a group but also standing out as soloists as well.

Becky Blake plays Phoebe, who originally brings the group together and acts as the caring and supportive friend. Phoebe’s own personal struggle is shown through her relationship with her Mother, highlighted in a cover of Spice Girls Mama. Blake has a strong voice and presence on stage, interacted well with the other girls and the crowd also. Alongside Phoebe is her close friend Grace, played by Chloe Castledine. Grace is currently having man troubles, highlighted with a strong and bold performance of En Vogue’s My Lovin. Castledine is very confident and bold with her voice and movement, and makes Grace a very likable character.

The final member to join GPC and the one with the most sass and attitude is Charlotte, played by Sarah Lloyde. Charlotte is longing to be a solo singer and tries to do anything to steal the spotlight from the other girls. Lloyde plays this character with a fine blend of humour and the right amount of sass, along with a phenonomal voice that is shown during Destiny’s Child’s Survivor. The girls have all the right moves and songs down, with individual moments to shine and certain era’s given their own segements like the 80’s and a Spice Girls medley. In between songs we are taken through the struggles each girl is currently having and how they intend to overcome them.

Will GPC be able to overcome their obstacles and come together, or are they far too different? Only one way to find out!

This was a fun and toe-tapping performance that the audience just loved! Blake, Castledine and Lloyde have delivered a fine show for all ages, and you will leave with several songs in your head!

Reviewed by Daniel Knowles

Venue:  Arkaba Hotel
Season:  Feb 17, Feb 22 at Arkaba, Feb 23-24 at Tandanya, March 9 at Marion Cultural Centre
Duration:  75 Minutes
Tickets:  $18 – $35 + Group

 

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