Entertainment Hive 2020

Dickie Beau: Unplugged

Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Dunstan Playhouse, June 19-20

Review by Honey B

Dickie Beau may lip synch, but this performer has a lot to say. Beau’s show, Unplugged, is one of the most innovative, intriguing, mesmerising and glorious jewels of this year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival. He embodied every word and brought people like his comedic idol Kenneth Williams, of the Carry On films, to life again. Unplugged was a little different in that Beau also spoke in his own voice and the audience heard his thoughts and feelings on the beginning of language, rock paintings, Greek culture and death masks. Beau’s creative process was a joy to watch as he took archival audio and pared it with big screen video images. The story of Echo and Narcissus was poignant and insightful, while a quirky love tape lip synch caught the audience off-guard. There was even a lip synch sing along to The Eurythmics Here Comes the Rain Again – to sing or not to sing, that was the question! This show is Dickie Beau’s inner-truth and Julia Zemiro is to be applauded for bringing this extraordinary artist to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
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