The capacity audience at Downstairs at the Maj certainly got their money’s worth on Thursday night. The nine piece excellent orchestra hit the ground running and “chased that tiger” through a rip roaring menu of tightly played, swinging arrangements.

The six-time Fringe World award-winning Perth Cabaret Collective were determined to get you shimmying in your seat.

Billed as a 1 hour show, it was closer to a 2 hour medley featuring excellent vocalists Mia Mattheson and Mark Turner as well as renowned Pricilla-Queen of the Desert star, Cougar Morrison. The latter was in full glamour mode and come-hither, vamping style.

Unfortunately the nine piece big band was somewhat over amplified and left us, in the audience, lost as to what would have might have been familiar lyrics. On reflection it was probably not over amplification but the venue itself. The Cabaret room is very small and the band would have been better accommodated in a large tent like the one they performed in at the past Fringe Festivals.

Gorgeously flirtatious dolly dancers Verucca Sour and Lucy Lovegun provided plenty of fringe-flipping and rather revealing groovy moves.

It was a full house and the audience was there for a good time and they were voracious in their approval.

Event details

His Majesty's Theatre presents
A Very, Very Good Variety Show
Perth Cabaret Collective

Venue: Downstairs at the Maj | 825 Hay Street, Perth WA
Dates: 14 – 16 October 2021
Bookings: https://www.ptt.wa.gov.au/venues/his-majestys-theatre/whats-on

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The capacity audience at Downstairs at the Maj certainly got their money’s worth on Thursday night.


White’s ingenuous charm held the audience spellbound for a set lasting just over an hour.


This was a wow of a show.