CAB FEST 2013 – Bernadette Robinson: In Concert – 4K

SMA Kryztoff banner May 13 100dpi2013 Cab LogoBy Ben Nielsen

Following the success of the critically acclaimed Songs for Nobodies, Bernadette Robinson returns to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival to debut a new solo cabaret show.

Robinson is the most remarkable performer. As with Nobodies, much of her new show rests upon her ability to channel various iconic singers. This uncanny mimicry is a talent that is even better used comically; “I Love the Nightlife” a la Julie Andrews had the audience in stitches.

Robinson’s classical training has not restricted her ability to successfully delve into other genres.  It may appear a little bit karaoke, but she seamlessly transitions, adapting not just her character but also her entire musical approach.

It’s a shame that the show is quite so consumed by the representation of other artists. A particularly beautiful rendition of “The Blower’s Daughter” is perhaps the only time that the audience really ever hears Robinson’s own voice.

The show is a little too similar to Songs for Nobodies, but it is easy to be swept away by the extraordinary talent that is Bernadette Robinson.

Kryztoff Rating   4K

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