On Saturday night I headed into the city to see my first show of Perth’s 2014 Fringe World Festival – EastEnd Cabaret.
Deviant diva Bernadette Byrne and the one man-woman band, the half-moustachioed Victor Victoria have set hearts on fire internationally with their unique brand of delightfully filthy songs and stories. Combining class, risque originality and a naughty but nice attitude, they capture a mood so few comedy acts are to get spot on – dirty jokes that make you laugh, not cringe; sexual innuendos that are funny, not creepy; and audience participation that is borderline inappropriate yet still kind spirited.
Ah yes, audience participation. Before the show even stars the stars invite you into their world, with Victy setting the scene on stage while Bernadette mingles with the crowd. But this is one show where I recommend you choose your seats wisely – from Bernadette’s stunning entrance atop the fabled two-headed manbeast, to an impromptu rap number with a young man plucked from the crowd, we soon found out that even those in the middle of the audience were not safe.
“I’ve got a cordless mic”, Bernadette grinned as she sashayed towards the fourth row, where she proceeded to sit on my date’s lap and lick his face before launching herself onto the man seated behind us for a rather intimate performance.
With songs covering topics such as sexual tension, accidental anal, bendy yoga men who can do impressive things while baking, tiny sex robots and danger wanks, as well as a 10 second black-out during which audience members are encouraged to feel up the person sitting next to them, prude’s need not attend.
Boasting high energy and high libidos, this infectiously fun show is a cabaret spectacular not to be missed! Catch it at the West Australian Speigeltent at the aptly named Pleasure Garden every night until 31st January – get your tickets here.
Feature image by Graham Denholm Photography
*I was gifted tickets to this show in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.