Fringe Review: Quietly Crapping My Daks

Ben Saunders

Musical Director Ben Saunders makes a leap from orchestra pit onto the stage to perform a solo cabaret show – with wonderful results.


Ben Saunders

Ben Saunders

Presented by Ben Saunders
Reviewed 19 February 2014

With some top quality shows from overseas and inter-state appearing in this year’s Fringe, it’s heartening to see that Adelaide has some home-grown talent holding their own. Ben Saunders is one such talent.

Usually hiding from the spotlight as a Musical Director, Saunders has decided to take the leap from the orchestra pit onto the stage to perform a solo cabaret show – with wonderful results.

Quietly Crapping My Daks is a fun-fest of quirky, funny songs, many of them written by Saunders himself – with a couple of Tim Minchin’s thrown in for good measure. The audience are treated to hints on how to put on a cabaret show (largely thanks to that huge cabaret expert, Google), including an hilarious song about the ten songs that must not be sung in a cabaret show. Saunders then proceeds to give his views and tips on love – gaily flouting the number one rule of Cabaret: don’t use ‘love’ as the theme for a cabaret show.

Saunders’ style is nicely laid back and shows a delightful sense of humour, putting his audience immediately at ease. His self-deprecation and humility fare well in this very successful debut.

After seeing this show, Ben Saunders certainly has no reason to crap his daks, quietly or otherwise.

Reviewed by Brian Godfrey

Venue: La Boheme  36 Grote Street, Adelaide
Season: 19 February 2014 – 15 March 2014
Duration: 60 minutes
Tickets: $23.00
Bookings: Book through FringeTix online or phone 1300 621 255


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