Shining a spotlight on cabaret, Brisbane’s finest razzled and dazzled with a showcase chock full of local talent.
Delighting audiences in an intimate soiree at Brisbane’s Powerhouse, the night was filled with the bold, the beautiful and the downright bizarre – a sassy sample of what’s to be expected as the Queensland Cabaret Festival takes over our town.
Starring a mixture of fresh and talented up-and-coming artists, the one-night only teaser of live entertainment was a smorgasbord of cabaret delicacies.
Hosted by ‘Really Real Housewife of Surfers Paradise’ star Mercedes DeLuca-Jones, the night took off to a slow start. Despite being obviously nervous, the audience warmed to Mercedes' no holds barred personality and witty banter. This made for a delightfully fast-paced and fun second act, which beat along to every tasteful tune played.
There were stand-outs among the evening’s entertainment.
Short+Sweet 2016 finalist, Sophie Bannister, was animated and energetic as she auditioned for a duet partner in her act.
Matthew Semple, who won Short+Sweet’s 2016 Best Original Score, was politically on point and musically clever as he spun his wise and personal gospel.
The Dustbin Hoffman duo gave us a refreshing local perspective with their cabaret that poked fun at all things Brisbane. Special kudos to their ‘Aussie’ shirts and brown suits. It fit in all too well as they sung about our beautiful yet murky Brisbane River.
Winner of the 2016 Short+Sweet Cabaret section, Kat Ryan, concluded the evening with a risqué and tantalising snippet that wooed the audience in all the right places.
Despite there being an array of talent that had audiences laughing and toe-tapping to all extremes, the night belonged to songbird and improvisation queen, Jenny Wynter. She presented her cabaret invention that was completely made up on the spot – as per audience input. With the simple draw of a card from a basket, Jenny created a rhythmical story that had the crowd crying in hysterics. Definitely an act that cannot be missed.
The bite sized bits averaged for approximately eight minutes and there was plenty for audiences to sink their teeth into.
Everyone will have their favourites and this only highlights the quirky diversity that’s on offer at this year’s Queensland Cabaret Festival.