Melbourne Fringe 2013 – The Lady Sings It Better

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2013
The Ballroom at the Lithuanian Club, Tuesday 1st October 2013


Feminist “issues” cabaret would normally not be something I would rush to see, but I do have quite a soft spot for groups of women singing. Several of my favourite local bands involve groups of ladies singing in harmony – GIT (formerly), the Junes, The Nymphs, the Rebelles, Aluka, Ginger and Tonic to the extent that I get made fun of for seeing these bands in preference to the usual rock or pop. I did go on a Betty Hutton bender at one point and bought five albums and a songbook.

I saw this listed over in Adelaide for the Fringe and was sad that it did not make the Melbourne Comedy Festival even though I was broke at the time

The main tag of the show is they take songs written by men and expose how sexist they really are by having women singing them in a comedic way including pantomime at one point. There is a lot of rap and R&B featured and I did enjoy the Michael Jackson medley and the songs about horses.

The band is great also especially the drummer who really hammers it in some songs. That is quite a lot of songs to learn for the one show and the bass player and keyboardist also do well to keep up with the songs.

Each of the singers does have their own time to shine during the show and they each have their own comic persona that they play up during the songs. There is some brief audience interaction during one song, but I was ignored even though I sat up the front.

I was glad to be able to make it to this show and also to leave my camera at home for once, there are still some shows left of the run and I recommend going to this show with some friends if you would like a fun night out.

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