At the risk of sounding like Forrest Gump, the Adelaide Fringe’s A Company of Strangers is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you are gonna get next.
An assortment of international singers takes turns to entertain in this Spiegeltent production.
The show stars with a maestro Martin Martini, a strange Johnny Depp looking man in a bowler hat, and the weird and wonderful acts follow.
Lady Carol from Ireland is a husky-voiced songstress with a burlesque-like style and Svet a Dobranoch struts her raunchy Russian stuff.
However, in such an assortment, it is difficult not to have a favourite or two. The United Kingdom’s Le Gateau Chocolat is back this Fringe and rivals our own Paul Kapsis as the pick of the box in this strange company.
A large Lenny Henry-like man squeezes into lycra outfits that rival “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”. Incongruous as they are, his drag Queen costumes are forgotten as he sings moving and soulful renditions of “Ole Man River” and “Nessum Dorma”.
The irrepressible Paul Kapsis escapes the cabaret circuit for a stint in this Fringe festival feast. Sporting a flattering shorter (but not short) hairstyle and his familiar velvet suit he continues to sprinkle his magic wherever he goes.
This selection of entertainers is indeed strange company, but proves that amazing things can happen when strangers gather. They are in good company for this Adelaide Fringe and let’s hope some of them can return with their own indivudal shows.
Strut & Fret present
A COMPANY OF STRANGERS
Venue: The Spiegeltent
Dates/Times: 20 Feb - 21 Mar at 8.30pm
Tickets: $35 (Conc, Tue & Preview 20 - 21 Feb $28)
Bookings: FringeTix 1300 FRINGE (1300 374 643) | www.adelaidefringe.com.au