REVIEW: Cabaret Divas
CABARET DIVAS Christa Hughes and Bethan Ellsmore offered Northern Rivers audiences arguably the best cabaret show the Lismore City Hall has seen in years.
These ladies put the 'bar' back into Cabaret.
Bethan Ellsmore performs Queen of the Night.
She embodies the party girl that wears a tiara and can sing Sia's Chandelier and a piece of opera in high heels at any time during a night out.
Ms Ellsmore is witty, and shows off a captivating voice and a delightful on-stage persona.
Thirty minutes were a rather small amount of time for Ms Ellsmore, I would have listened to her for a lot longer.
And then along came Christa,
Christa Hughes is, at her most moderate, a superb singer and a highly talented performer.
Last night, she was at her most outrageous, to put it plainly.
Song by song, Hughes revisits every stage of a drinking orgy.
The songs talk about alcohol, while her performance depicts the different moods drunken people go though during a bender: euphoria, emotional vulnerability, clown, manic depressive, denial of the loss of physical capacity, nudity for no apparent reason, sudden bouts of rage and vomit.
There is a very special rendition to a much-loved tune from The Sound of Music we will not forget for a while.
Christa Hughes is the Mother Dominatrix of the Order of the Cabaret Divas in this country, and Bethan Ellsmore is a very eager and advanced member.
This is not a show for the prude, nor it is a gig for the recently graduated from AA.
We were most entertained.
Cabaret Divas, featuring Bethan Ellsmore and Christa Huges, will offer a final performance tonight at 7pm at Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, Lismore.
For details visit the Norpa website.