Bernie Dieter is just about every positive adjective you could throw at an artist: artistic, yes, but also gorgeous, fabulous, salacious, seductive, ironic, enthusiastic, humble, hilarious, hospitable and a whole lot more.
She is the mastermind (or mistress-mind, if you will) behind Little Death Club, the long-running show that sees classic ‘Weimer’-style cabaret mixed in with modern, funny-as-hell humour.
Despite the club’s dark-ish title, each artist in Little Death Club is utterly brilliant and has been handpicked by Bernie herself, resulting in a batch of über-talented artists she likes to call her “favourite freaks, punks and weirdos”.
Wasting no time in getting intimate, the show’s hostess delves into the crowd, picking out various men and Christening each with hilarious monikers, then inviting them to touch her, lick her, love her – which all sounds way over-the-top but is oh-so insanely gratifying to watch.
To say this is a fun show is an understatement. Bernie is a master show-woman who adores her audience as much as they love her.
Expect to be “destroyed” with improper song lyrics, sexual poetry, kinky bed jokes, vicious quips, and plenty of raucous audience participation, all resulting in rousing screams and whistles from the crowd, along with stomping, laughter and standing ovations.
If you’re not being treated to Bernie’s sexual escapades and enthralling banter, you’re being entertained by trans-flirting aerialist Michael Standen; or delighting in the freakishness of fire-breathing expert Jacqueline Furey; shocked by the aerial dancing of hair-hanging dynamo Fancy Chance; or dazzled by fabulously frocked and filthily mouthed drag artist Art Simone.
Then there’s Bernie’s four-piece ‘haus’ band who play tunes whose inspiration run the gamut of rock, roll and jazz.
Without competition, ‘Bernie Dieter’s Little Death Club’ is our pick of Fringe World. It has been in Fringes past, too. This is an A-grade production and a must-see show where opulence, once and for all, is granted utterly to the underground.
★★★★★ (We’d actually give it six if we could).
Antonino Tati & Annette McCubbin
‘Bernie Dieter’s Litte Death Club’ is on at the West Australian Spiegeltent, Russell Square, Northbridge until February 16, 2020 with the possibility of an extended season.
Get your tickets at www.fringeworld.com.au and be sure not to miss one of the all-time favourite shows of the Perth Fringe Festival.
Enjoy Cream’s interview with the ever-brilliant Bernie Dieter here.