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Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre launched its 2018 season in raucous style last night  with BURLESKO BIZARRO.

After spending time with CPAC’s wonderful current visual arts exhibitions (featured previously in the Sydney arts Guide) , the full house of supporters was ushered into the theatre to be greeted by Hostess Glitta Supernova in full pink poodle mode.   The Burlesque we were to see was back-to-its-roots Performance Art she explained… satire and parody of sex and sexuality. Continue reading CASULA POWERHOUSE ARTS CENTRE: LAUNCHES 2018 IN STYLE

FRIDA PEOPLE @ The Sound Lounge


Candy Royalle with her backing band Sloppy Joe performing the songs from new album, Frida People
Candy Royalle with her backing band Sloppy Joe performing the songs from new album,

This was a superb night of  high energy explicit poetry and great hip-hop/rap music, challenging and, above all, highly entertaining.

The three warm up acts, which covered the first hour,  included a multitude of inspired poetry pieces.

The  show started with  Gloria Demillo who captivated her audience with her performance.

Anthony Anaxagopou, guest poet from the UK, followed Gloria, delivering hard-hitting poetry, tackling  heavy subjects such as sex, politics, and our place in the world… Continue reading FRIDA PEOPLE @ The Sound Lounge


Reuben Kaye hosts THE RING
Reuben Kaye made a great host in THE RING

Anyone who says they are not slightly transfixed by gladiator style sport is lying. With this in mind, MC Reuben Kaye offered us a handful of talented international cabaret and burlesque stars in back to back battle.

The result was a string of live and uncensored ‘battle rounds’ from true entertainers which made that recent reality TV phenomenon look like a preschool craft class.

Slick traditional burlesque from Vespa White morphed into queer, confronting and ultimately very funny burlesque work from Betty Grumble and Aaron Manhattan.

Standout vocal visitor for the night was Natalie Gamsu, who rocketed from the stage and beyond with her riveting version of Bowie’s Space Oddity. She was ably supported by the smooth JC Thomas Band, whose loungy list of originals and clever covers linked the night’s less relaxed moments together.

The comic cabaret of Sheridan Harbridge gave me the most pleasure I have had from a voice and ukelele act for some time. She was a subtle superpower on the side of the cabaret artists. Speaking of superpowers, Reuben Kaye was a formidable force as the MC. His smile and style just became more glamorous through his performances which featured quick adult one liners, self-deprecating quips and plenty of local jokes.

His fabulous voice in a tender rendering of Men At Work’s Land Down Under was a patriotic tribute. The venue resounded with applause and the weeping of punters nostalgic for gap year backpacking days.

The Ring was a tantalizing taste of many cabaret and burlesque possibilities. It was festival-worthy and shocked many of us out of our working-week rut.