Review: On The Record

UniSA’s Performing Arts graduating class of 2017 have something truly special in store for the Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival this year. This inventive piece of musical theatre puts the spotlight on five seminal musicians (now sadly deceased): David Bowie, Whitney Houston, Johnny Cash, Amy Winehouse, and Kurt Cobain. Presented as a series of vignettes, each star’s story is explored through music, video, and theatrical performance. These rich layers entirely engage the viewer, and alongside the musicians weaving their magic throughout, each performer delivers an accomplished piece of work. Standouts to look out for include Brodie Bailey as Johnny Cash and Connor Reidy as Kenny Goss.

Pulling together the best tracks from their favourite deceased musicians, On The Record is a celebration of diversity, pop culture, and iconic voices. Featuring a rock ‘n’ roll chamber orchestra complete with conductor, the musical performances are dynamic and captivating. The choreography, developed by up and coming choreographer and dancer Chloe Moir, is a delight and successfully captures the trends of the eighties, nineties, and beyond whilst providing a considered response to the musical score. Dramatic scenes anchor the performance and create a seamless narrative, showing off yet another hidden talent, playwright Chloe Cannell.

On The Record is a performance for the ages, created by committed and singularly imaginative artists and practitioners set to take the industry by storm. See them live before they become famous.

Words by Heather McGinn.

Images by Emma Voivenel. 

See ‘On The Record – Songs for the Departed’ at the Hartley Playhouse Theatre, UniSA Magill Campus, Building D.

Previews showing Tuesday 6th June & Wednesday 7th June 7pm. Performances from Thursday 8th June to Saturday 10th June 7pm.

$15 Previews. $20 Adults. $15 Concession/Students. 

*The show is recommended for ages 15+ due to mature themes including coarse language, sexual references and drug use. 

Tickets available online here or at the door if not sold out. 

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