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Review: Bernie Dieter’s Club Kabarett at L’Euro Grande

Review by Tatum Stafford

Cabaret icon Bernie Dieter has fast become a Perth Fringe staple – and her latest show, ‘Club Kabarett’, shows us why this is one of the hottest tickets of the season.

First things first, this show seems tailor made for L’Euro Grande, Perth Fringe’s newest venue this season. This 800-seater venue was electric with energy, and suitably entertained by the three-piece band who played a pre-show set, as well as by the roaming performers who were engaging with as many audience members as they could to set the vibe of the show.

Bernie opened the show with a fierce rendition of The Beatles’ hit ‘Come Together’; her vocals soaring over the thumping bass line, and her trademark blunt black bob and dramatic makeup looking stunning under the stage lights. Another trademark of Bernie’s is hilariously intimate audience participation, and this number offered this in spades. 

Bernie’s cast of ‘freaks and weirdos’ always pack a punch, and this particular line-up for the Perth season was no exception. The show started with a bang with the acrobatic and fire-breathing talents of Bella Diosa (who later stole the show with her finale number that I won’t spoil but is worth the ticket price alone). 

Other stand-outs included Chris Talbot with his phenomenal pole work that had the audience in a chokehold, Soliana’s incredible contortion work, and Joe Keeley’s stunning acrobatics. The band are also phenomenal, and given plenty of chances to showcase their talents. 

Bernie’s drinking song, which she sings at the end of every show, is a showstopper. It’s a song I first heard in Bernie’s Fringe show back in 2019 and absolutely loved, and it never fails to rouse an audience. It was a treat to hear it again. 

This is a sexy, dark, and incredibly entertaining show that truly has something for everyone. If you’re looking for a guaranteed night of fun and frivolity this Fringe, don’t miss out on a ticket. Extra shows have been added due to audience demand, which makes it clear that Bernie, her band, and cast are once again, the hit of the festival. 

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