Presented by Feast & James Stafford
Reviewed Wednesday 14 November 2012
In a shipping container, known as The Cloak Room, Melbourne performer James Stafford’s intimate show quickly becomes one of those hidden gems to discover.
He converses with the relaxed, comfortable charm of a lounge room chat amongst friends, weaving stories and songs with a richly timbered voice. He accompanies himself on guitar, donning a scarf or other simple device to change characters when he’s not speaking as himself.
The narrative meanders pleasantly between stories of family and an examination of what makes a hero. Is it the friend who adds colour to your life or the triumph of good over evil? We hear about his Aunt Carol and a gay brother; we are treated to X-Men: The Musical, featuring songs of how “Real Men Sing Show Tunes”; and we capture a brief glimpse of a ghost who never got to say goodbye.
Stafford’s first outing in a solo show gives a sense that it’s a work in progress, but the performer’s talent, affable nature and charismatic storytelling create a sweet and winning hour of entertainment.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis, Performing Arts Critic, Glam Adelaide.
Venue: The Cloak Room, Feast Hub, Light Square, Adelaide
Season: 14-22 November at 6pm and 8pm
Duration: 1 hour
Bookings: At the door or online