Venue: Ballroom, Feast Hub, Light Square, Adelaide
Season: 17-21 November at 7.30pm
Duration: 70 mins
Tickets: $35/conc $30 (supper included)
Bookings: FEASTiX 8463 0684 or http://tix.feast.org.au
There’s a feast at Feast, not just for the eyes and ears but for any gluttonous appetites too.
Moira Finucane presents an evening of food, tequila and storytelling that begins with sizzling hors d’oeuvres and sangria outside the main Ballroom tent of the Feast Hub on Light Square.
The show itself is a bitsy bite-sized brew of brief monologues interspersed with scrumptious food served by waiting staff to every patron while Finucane changes costumes. It’s a unique evening although not one to sink your teeth into, despite the scrumptious tastes of cold cuts, olives, mussels, chilli cake, ice cream and more.
The mildly amusing monologues are too short to draw you into the impassioned escapades of romance and adventure told through the eyes of fiery adventuress Argentina Gina Catalina. Although unrelated, each story follows a similar template that connects her fantastic voyages. There’s operatic tales of lesbian lust, stories of dog lovers and blood oranges, and high adventure on the open seas with pirates and planks. By far the most entertaining however, is her life as a wolf child, raised by animals and controlled by none.
The high jinx of the fictional Argentina Gina Catalina are outrageously melodramatic, at times bordering on the grotesque, only to back flip unexpectedly into something more beautiful. It’s creative writing at its most carefree, and you’re asked to suspend disbelief and enjoy her imagination.
With just a table, a chair and exotic costumes, Finucane is a wildly vivid storyteller, engaging the audience with her flair for histrionics far more than the sensational stories themselves do. The thick Spanish accent makes her difficult to understand at times, but the fun is in the delivery rather than the content.
Go on an empty stomach and fill your appetites for art and grub!
Reviewed by Rod Lewis, Performing Arts Critic, Glam Adelaide.