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Review: History of House at The Rechabite

Review by Tatum Stafford

Looking at this year’s Fringe World line-up, you’d be hard pressed to find a more high-energy show to start your night of Fringing than History of House at The Rechabite.

As we piled into the stunning Rechabite Hall for opening night, there was a palpable buzz amongst the crowd, who were ready for a good time. As the show’s listing notes, ‘This is a standing only show. Dancing is encouraged!’

The award-winning DJ Groove Terminator kicked the show off; welcoming the 16-person-strong Soweto Gospel Choir to the stage. It was immediately a high-energy set, complete with super fun choreography, tight harmonies, and strong belting. I was really excited to catch this show in Perth, as it has gone on some prolific tours throughout Australia, and the choir have won three Grammy Awards, which was evident in their phenomenal performance ability. 

The setlist was enjoyably varied; throwing it back to disco hits of the 70s, and grooving into the 80s, 90s, and 2000s over the 90-minute show. The show was jam-packed with songs, dance breaks and plenty of chances for call-and-response from the crowd. I particularly enjoyed the numbers that allowed members of the choir to show off their vocal prowess, including spirited renditions of ‘I Feel Love’ by Donna Summer, and ‘Everybody’s Free’ by Rozalia. 

This show is guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face, and plenty of good vibes as you head out back into Northbridge. Highly recommend – don’t forget your most comfortable shoes, dancing is a must! 

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