Fiona Talbot – Leigh

This multi award winning show premiers this year at the Adelaide Fringe, following a sensational sold out run at Edinburgh Fringe.

Resplendent in her gold glittering dress with sparkly silver shoes; Cleopatra Higgins enthralled the audience from start to finish with her amazing vocals.

Aretha Franklin had such an incredible vocal range and style that many have tried to emulate. To even attempt a show like this, one would have to be very brave and self-assured, not to mention incredibly talented; fortunately Higgins is one such performer. Complete with her high energy, she epitomised Aretha fully in voice, heart and soul.

Throughout the evening, the audience were not disappointed as Higgins sang many of the great classics including; Son of a preacher man, I never loved a man (the way that I loved you) Do right woman, Respect, Think, Chain of fools, Say a little prayer and Natural woman amongst many others.

In between songs, the audience were privileged to receive both a mini history lesson on Ms Franklin as well as brief spoken interludes from Higgins herself. She was easily endeared to the audience and managed to include all there with her personal brand and style.

Backed by the Night Owl band, Higgins breathed new life into each of Aretha’s songs and she just could not stand still as she belted out each number. It was clear to all there that she was having so much fun onstage and that resulted in the audience enjoying themselves too. The entire show was also very well mixed and lit which just added to the overall performance.

To hear Aretha’s songs sung live by a consummate performer is a real treat. So if you are into the blues and a fan of the sixties genre of music, I think you will enjoy this show; in fact I dare you to sit still throughout.


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