Melbourne Fringe 2013 – Sing, Swing, Get in the Mood!

with the Pacific Belles
Melbourne Fringe Festival 2013
Madame Brussels, Sunday 6th October 2013

I have been following the adventures of UK three piece acapella group the Three Belles and have wished there was a similar group in Melbourne for a while. There was the “World War Wonderful” show, but it was just a one-off and I do get to go see bands such as the Nymphs, Aluka and Ginger and Tonic regularly.

This is the third of my trio of all-female music shows at Melbourne Fringe and I have been enjoying them as I don’t often get to go see three new shows in a row and see people I have not seen before.

The premise of the show is that it is set in an air raid shelter, with period signs on the walls next to the doorway and appropriately moody lighting. The group decides to put on a show to liven things up.

I enjoyed having the different personalities of Betty, Vera and Dot playing off each other and especially Dot’s clowning around, she ended up on someone’s knee at one point and is the funny one out of the group.

The selection of songs matched the era with Andrews Sisters, Vera Lyn, Doris Day with a few contemporary numbers thrown in to spice things up. They did sing a long to a backing track, but this was added to by having appropriate wartime sound effects to help the narrative.

I also enjoyed the costumes as in the first half they had the World War II uniform and for the second half they came out in matching Hawaiian print dresses and made everyone do the dance moves of “Rum and Coca Cola” – it was a small enough venue that they could see anyone not taking part so you had to.

I had a lot of fun and not just from the jug of Mai Tai that I had before the show, unfortunately this meant that I was ready to go sleepy time by the end so I might have nodded off by accident, whoops!

It was really great to see a new all female group doing this type of music and I hope to see them around in the future. Now if I could just find someone who did Betty Hutton songs and the physical comedy that went with them…

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