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Glenelg Winter Arts Review: Music Speaks

Christine Ibrahim is extremely talented though, and has all the attributes of a professional (as do her supporting line-up)

Christine Ibrahim is extremely talented though, and has all the attributes of a professional (as do her supporting line-up)
3.5

Presented by: Cirque Songstress Productions 

Reviewed: 6 July, 2024

The Glenelg Winter Arts Festival (from the team who brought you the Adelaide Fringe’s Gluttony Garden), are proving once again that cold weather is no excuse for not seeing shows and art performances during an Adelaide Winter.

Colley Reserve at Glenelg is again a hive of activity this Winter, with art and music lovers taking advantage of the quality and varied line up on offer. The precinct is warm and inviting, with open fire-pits, bars, and a cosy atmosphere.

Amongst the shows this year is Music Speaks, brought to us by Christine Ibrahim and Cirque Songstress Productions. Billed as a conversation around the hidden meanings and back stories of some of the world’s most famous music numbers, Music Speaks is designed to be a relaxed and inclusive performance where the audience is included without being made into a spectacle. 

Ibrahim’s voice, and insight, is truly impressive. She deserves the awards he has accumulated. The show itself, however, felt like the relaxed approach was over-utilised during the rehearsal stages. Ibrahim seemed to be lost as to what came next during some transitions, and her supporting cast were unable to clarify.

To their credit though, they seemed unfazed by this. Everyone confidently moved through these awkward moments without shame or embarrassment, but it still left the audience feeling like this show was not ‘stage-ready’ yet.

Ibrahim is extremely talented though, and has all the attributes of a professional (as do her supporting line-up). She was charming, affable, and dedicated to her craft. Matt Casey’s magic tricks were cute, and likeable, with Hayley Mills impressing everyone with her spinning ring skills. 

Perhaps not fully prepared in 2024, I’d still go and see Music Speaks again if it returns next year. There’s much about this show that displays huge potential, and the talent is certainly there. With another 12 months to tweak it, we could see quite the extravaganza if they return. 

Reviewed by Doug Phillips

Venue: The Kingfisher at Glenelg Winter Arts Festival
Season: Ended

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