Featuring Tessa Waters, Victoria Falconer, Laura Frew, Sharnema Nougar, Lucy Evans
Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019
The Malthouse, Friday 19th April 2019
I have had an experience with feminist cabaret before and come off second best, but I wanted to give this show a chance as I have enjoyed seeing Tessa Waters perform in the past and heard a lot about the Fringe Wives Club but have never had the chance to see them.
I did try and get permission to take photos of the show, but they did not know me plus I don’t think the venue allows it. Was good to just see them and Andrew McLelland straight before them also.
As the saying goes “you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar” I was actually more interested in this show from the musical style as I already follow a lot of bluegrass style music and bands in general. Having good songs and comedy does help deliver the message.
Every member of the group plays multiple instruments and they all have radio microphones, which led to some fun situations like climbing onto the audience and sitting on someone’s lap.
Due to scheduling conflicts one of the cast members finished another show 15 minutes before this one starts and turns up a bit after show starts in the audience to start her part of the show.
I did enjoy the music and think they should also play at music festivals alongside fringe and comedy festival appearances. Barry Morgan had one of his first appearances down at the Queenscliff Music Festival when he was first working out his act and the Vue Grand would be perfect for them.
The “privilege bucket” was passed around stage to every member of the band. Kind of a moot point when just living in Australia makes everyone better off than 95% of the world’s population as it is.
There were some strong original songs and covers in the show and a great medley at the start. Lots of dancing and Rowena does some great high kicks and the splits at one point.
I enjoyed the songs enough to ask in the foyer if they had an album for sale. They said they will hopefully record some of them later and that they have an album for sale on their Bandcamp – https://fringewivesclub.bandcamp.com/
This show has nearly finished its’ run but will hopefully be going over to Edinburgh and other shows after that. I will try and keep up with the group and the performers to see what they get up to in the future.