Entertainment Hive 2020

Don't let Yana Alana slip between the cracks this Fringe

Teetering on the brink of cult status whilst on the verge of a nervous breakdown Yana Alana is the divine and deluded alter ego of Sarah Ward, one of Australia’s fastest rising cabaret stars. Yana Alana’s latest show Between The Cracks earned her the 2014 Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer and two Green Room Awards for Best Production and Best Cabaret Artiste. Here she answers our Fringe Funny Five: Describe your show in three words. "Blues, burlesque, blame.'' What made you laugh this week and why was it so funny? "I am completely nude in my show Between The Cracks except for blue paint. A gag right at the start of the show is to pull an earring seemingly out of my arse, but it’s just nestled between my butt cheeks. "Just before I go on-stage my partner Bec, who does the body painting for me, is doing the final paint job and notices a part not painted on my arse and comes across something hard as she’s wiping my butt cheek and she wipes it completely out and shrieks. "She thought she’d wiped out something that should not have been there, like a hard poo or a pile. It was hilarious, it’s just a ridiculous scenario.'' My guilty pleasure is... "Watching popular TV series like Borgen, Breaking Bad, Orange Is The New Black, obsessively from to start to finish in bed with my partner on my laptop with cups of tea till the early hours of the morning.'' What's the funniest thing an audience member or fan has ever said to you? "Do you ever sing professionally?'' Which cartoon character do you best relate to and why? "I relate more to Muppets than cartoon characters. There is one in particular I’m thinking of here, and that’s Miss Piggy. Why? Because she’s large, unapologetic, self-obsessed, gentle, thoughtful, romantic and a total diva.'' Yana Alana in Between The Cracks, Adelaide Fringe, Garden of Unearthly Delights, The Deluxe, February 13 to March 1. Bookings: www.adelaidefringe.com.au or 1300 621 255 or www.gardenofunearthlydelights.com.au PLEASE NOTE: This show is rated R18+
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