Photo – Dylan Evans
Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele, performed by Naomi Price, is an hour-long cabaret show packed with fabulous singing and peppery humorous banter, during which the audience is taken down Adele’s memory lane, highlighting key times of her life which proved to be a source of inspiration to many of her chart topping songs.
Naomi Price walked out with determination, planted her fierce presence on the dark stage and proceeded to belt out Adele’s repertoire of songs. Though she donned a red wig and black dress, somewhat resembling Adele, she did not do a straight-on imitation of the British singer but instead she lauded her with her interpretation, which is ironic, because apparently Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele was initially a total piss-take, and its working title was ‘Cheer the Fuck Up, Adele.’ Eventually, after hours of poring over biographies, watching interviews, reading articles and sifting through acceptance speeches, a love for Adele flourished and grew.
Price’s renditions of the songs were her own, and absolutely fabulous renditions at that; she has an extraordinary voice, strong, velvety and emotion conveying. She did not stop at the singing – Price also displayed a wicked sense of humour and great comic timing, mimicking an amplified Adele accent and mannerisms to a T, so much so that, she had the audience in stitches throughout the duration of the performance.
But the show was not limited to Adele, as Price treated the audience to a few impersonations of other famous singers including Céline Dion, Taylor Swift, Amy Winehouse and even The Spice Girls – Adele’s childhood vocal inspirations. She proved her versatility and talent for capturing the essence of a personality with just a few changes to her own mannerisms and voice colour.
The show was capped off with Price’s acknowledgement of the musical talent who backed and accompanied her during the show. The artists were able to strut their own stuff for a few minutes, and shine individually.
Price’s Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele produced a brilliant and energetic impression on the audience, so much so that, it is no wonder the show received a very enthusiastic standing ovation.
2013 Melbourne Cabaret Festival
Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele
Venue: Ormond Hall | 557 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Date: 6 July 2013
Tickets: $37.75 – $43.90