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Fringe goes to the coast for added extra beachside vibes

Fringe made its way to Cottesloe last week, broadenening its wings to include the stunning venue that is the Sunset Room upstairs at Cottesloe Hotel for some ‘Hot Summer’s Jazz Cabaret’ starring local vocalist Cathrine Summers.

Even aesthetically, this show has things down pat. Whatever you might expect from a jazz and cabaret show – bowler hats, sequins, feather boas, stockings and lace, tassles – expect to be pleasantly rewarded by this professional ensemble of excellent talent.

It was a night of fabulous traditional jazz cabaret with Perth’s with Summers fronting a six-piece band in an intoxicating show consisting of old-fashioned showgirl glamour and burlesque.

Summers threads her numbers with some interesting narrative of jazz history, referencing such greats as Edith Piaf and Cole Porter, and always delighting her audience with witty banter and anecdotes.

Summers is a superb and highly spirited host with a smooth sultry vocal style that is as comfortable belting out classics by Nina Simone as it is emulating Ella Fitzgerald. She doesn’t just sing; she belts it out.

Even aesthetically, this show has things down pat. Whatever you might expect from a jazz and cabaret show – bowler hats, sequins, feather boas, stockings and lace, tassles – expect to be pleasantly rewarded by this professional ensemble of excellent talent.

As Cathrine herself remarks, “Cabaret is meant for sitting at tables, drinking, eating, and having a ball!” With sumptuous platters that can be pre-ordered, I recommend you do just that. ★★★★

Annette McCubbin

 

For the full Fringe World program and ticket bookings, visit www.fringeworld.com.au.

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