Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Space Theatre, June 11 to 13
Review by Honey B
Rising cabaret diva "Dame'' Catherine Alcorn's show may be titled Nothing But A Song, but it is much, much more than a song.In just a few short years the fabulous Miss Alcorn has become an Adelaide Cabaret Festival favourite. Her critically acclaimed 2013 show Go Your Own Way: The Story of Christine McVie was a showstopper and this performance was even wilder.Alcorn proves that she is a formidable character performer and her vocals are to die for.The song arrangements, by Andrew Worboys, were amazing and the song choice was eclectic, bold and powerful.The femme fatale slid between tables and the men didn't know quite where to look - at one stage the curvaceous star was wearing little more than a corset, stockings and black lace knickers. Talk about va-va-voom.There were many musical highlights but you have to love a girl who can belt out a bit of Muse, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and David Bowie - but all in her own beguiling way.Alcorn was beautifully backed by several singers from the Voice of Transition Choir and her band was rocking and featured Jane Cho on the incredibly cool light-up violin.The show was directed by Paul Capsis in his directorial debut and you could see his stamp on the dramatic, voyeuristic and moving work.It will be interesting to see where the highly talented Miss Alcorn ends up next.