Radelaide!

Radelaide!
Presented by Lucy Gransbury. Adelaide Fringe Festival. The Balcony Room, The Griffins Hotel, Adelaide. 17-24 Feb, 2017.

Being greeted with 'fortune-cookie-style' paper tidbits of hometown wisdom on our seats is just about the perfect way to begin a Cabaret act entitled Radelaide!

Lucy Gransbury is a tightly-wound, beautifully-bejewelled, rapid-fire delight - with quiz question cards that sparkle even brighter than her dazzling dress! At times a lament, but far more often a tribute, to this "heaps good" city of churches, Gransbury's fantastically funny show is accompanied by Josh Belperio on Keyboard (a Kurzweil? Very Kool!)

Edgy and daring even with regards to delicate subjects, cheekily acknowledging the city's best-known site for 'cruising', and certainly displaying no fear of offending northern suburbs residents, Gransbury adapts the songs of Alanis Morrissette and Sandi Thom; she offers a very topical and impassioned twist on the Port Power victory song; she recalls the era of Magic Mountain and Dazzleland…

Other highlights include the logical explanation of the advantages of gravitating toward accented strangers, as well as interesting perspectives on the Marble Bar and Unley High School house parties! Through it all, Gransbury achieves the rare combination of being both exuberantly irreverent and full of class, skilfully changing gear to deliver a Crowded House number-one-hit with sweetness and sincerity.

So, Adelaideans, it should be an easy decision for you and a friend to forego the cost of a couple of Frog Cakes (TM) from Foodland, and grab a ticket quick smart! If you're just visiting, consider it a potential education, from a teacher who's smarter and funnier than I bet you've ever had...

Anthony Vawser

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