Peter Allen Live in Inverted Commas
By Morgan Riley on 07 Feb 2018
Peter Allen Live in Inverted Commas has been a FRINGE WORLD Festival darling since its debut in 2015 and it’s not hard to see why.
Peter Allen is all but brought to life by the extraordinarily talented Matthew Hadgraft and an electric keyboard is transformed into Allen’s signature white Grand Piano in the intimate setting of King’s Lair – Basement at His Majesty’s Theatre.
Song after song of Peter Allen’s diverse catalogue are impressively delivered with talent and feeling, interspersed with snippets of Allen’s story and amusing asides.
Seasoned cabaret performer Hadgraft is no stranger to Peter Allen’s life and music and it certainly shows in his confident performance as the enigmatic entertainer.
The audience is never bored as triumphs and trials are woven into an hour-long cabaret performance including fan favourites and lesser-known autobiographical numbers.
Even those who know very little about Peter Allen will have a great time at this show thanks to clever writing and the perfect level of audience interaction.
Everyone will feel involved, although not everyone will be pulled up on stage to bust out disco moves.
Hadgraft’s powerful and dynamic voice takes the audience on a journey from Tenterfield NSW to New York City and back – and of course, you’ll go to Rio De Janeiro.
The show was both larger than its one-man cast, and intimately personal at the same time.
Presented by Rhylee Nowell, produced by Faff & Sass Productions and written and performed by Hadgraft, the show is one not to miss this Festival season. Whether you’re looking for a fabulous Fringe foray or you need to make good on the promise to take your mum to a Fringe show, this is the one.
From the stage to Dan Kerr’s work on sound and lighting, the show is smoothly produced so the energy and emotion of Allen’s tumultuous life ebb and flow smoothly to give a real sense of the journey ‘the boy from Oz’ took on his rise to stardom.
17 Feb 2018