Left – Catherine Alcorn
Press release note. Cathartic; [kuh-thahr-tic] 1. the purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, especially through certain kinds of art or music.
Cathartic is Sydneysider Catherine Alcorn’s newest show, and that in itself is something of a miracle as she informs us that it is a mere 13 short weeks since she delivered her first child.
The room was only half full but that didn’t deter her from giving her absolute all. From the audience response it was clear that many of the audience had attended her previous shows Downstairs at the Maj in Perth. Both sell-out shows dedicated to luminary songstresses – Christine McVee and Bette Midler.
Accompanied by Craig Skelton on piano, Jamie Castrisos on percussion and Glenn Moorhouse on guitars the musical arrangements were created by Alcorn and she was backed by their vocals and often worked in a duo with Moorhouse.
Alcorn is possessed of an enormous voice, both in length and range. She also works a neat line in self-deprecation mixed with mock vanity at her own achievements. As she infers, with guts and hard work, not to mention abundant talent, you can possibly get to “the middle” (certainly/probably not the top.)
As her band sang Dangerous Woman, Alcorn entered clad in black with a flashy cape of sequins and fringes. She powerfully launched into Whole Lotta Love and skilfully segued into Call Me and Living on a Prayer. A raunchy rock and roll start.
Alcorn progressed to some unusual and interesting bluesy period pieces such as Gangsta’s Paradise, a hymn to a working girls life in old King’s Cross.
As a storyteller Alcorn excels and she easily woos the audience into joining in choruses. Even the story of her work as a Production Assistant on Oprah’s Down Under Tour lead to a superb rendition of Miss Celie’s Blues from the film The Colour Purple.
Harking back to her Bette Midler show she rolled her eyeballs and refused to sing The Rose “again!” But in a trice she managed to get the audience to sing along as she broadly pantomimed the lyrics.
Alcorn finished with a mixed bag of genres; comedy – My Inner Bitch, tragedy – Pearls, the bubbly Love on Top and the soulful A Life That’s Good.
Something for everyone.
Perth Theatre Trust presents
Catherine Alcorn's Cathartic
Venue: Downstairs at The Maj | His Majesty’s Theatre | Hay St, Perth WA
Dates: 23 – 25 November 2017
Bookings: 1300 795 012 | www.ticketek.com.au