This work is bewildering, confronting and dark, but very entertaining
On the small stage at La Boheme are an assortment of instruments and objects: a head from a statue, a dolls gazebo, a clown toy and more. It sets the scene for what promises to be a very unusual show.
In tail suit, dark glasses, and black velvet gloves, the Blue-haired GhostBoy (David Stavanger) takes to the stage. whilst a long locked, slender person in dress and beard and psychedelic trainers, who we later learn is Sir Lady Grantham (Richard Grantham), slips into the piano seat.
This is a different sort of Cabaret. GhostBoy speaks with a haunting tone, rather than sings, the clever, dark and detailed poetry of the music and is accompanied by a variety of instruments, ably played by Sir Lady Grantham. GhostBoy provides most of the story, his voice dripping with disdain whilst talking about his ex lover and stalker, Sir Lady Grantham, but goes on to show the love/hate relationship that he has for Sir Lady Grantham.
In the intimate space, GhostBoy is able to venture into the audience and go beyond the normal breaking of the fourth wall that is characteristic of cabaret. With a smaller crowd on the Wednesday night, he was able to pay each member of the audience personal attention and has a manner that you don’t argue with what you are asked to do, yet don’t feel completely frightened. From taking wine, sobbing in the arms of a patron, and checking teeth, he gets up close and very personal.
This show is for anyone that enjoys a show that pushes the boundaries, like a little darker tone to their cabaret, and can handle being pulled into the act.
Reviewed by Jade Kops, special guest Fringe Critic, Glam Adelaide
Venue: La Boheme, 36 Grote Street, Adelaide
Season: 10pm, Thurs 8 and Fri 9 March, 9pm Sat 10 March 2012
Tickets: Adults $28, BankSA Support Act $10, Concession $14, Fringe Benefits $24, Group $24
Bookings: Fringetix 1300-FRINGE (1300-374643), their outlets, or online