Review By Tatum Stafford
The jam-packed variety show, The Kaye Hole, is dubbed ‘late night, done right’ – and after last night’s show, I couldn’t agree more.
Hosted by the deliciously eccentric Reuben Kaye, this show featured a range of circus performers, comedians, singers and performance artists within the confines of the Rechabite Hall; the perfect venue for a night of frivolity thanks to its three levels and well-stocked bars.
Reuben opened the show with his signature charm and a rousing song before introducing the first act, Beau Sargent with a playful routine on a hoop suspended in the air. Beau’s fluorescent costume, cheeky smile and impressive ability made for a highlight of the night’s line-up.
Next up was Waka, a charming Japanese comedian who had plenty of funny punchlines and a great rapport with the audience. He was followed by powerhouse performed Joni in the Moon who sang an incredible song complete with intense backing vocals and one of the strongest voices to grace Perth Fringeworld. Reuben was quick to tell us that her shows with the Western Australia Gospel Choir had already sold out, so it was brilliant to see her on the setlist.
Reuben then hit us with a hilarious rendition of ‘Without You’, complete with plenty of audience interaction, a costume change, and his incredible tenor range. He then introduced Elk who performed on a suspended rope and high bar with flair and impressive athletic ability.
The night took a bit of a turn when the team from the Bubble Laboratory hit the stage, performing a mix of burlesque, magic and a bubble show much to the audience’s delight. It was the perfect sampler in between the night’s impressive circus acts, singers and comedians; offering an unexpected twist to the otherwise traditional Fringe line-up.
Fire dancer Hana put on an engaging show before Emily Chilvers swung onto the stage and performed an electrifying routine on a rope hanging over the audience. It was the perfect closer to this night of remarkable local talent.
The Kaye Hole is a zany, sexy, captivating nightcap to a night at Perth Fringeworld. If you have the time, it’s also the perfect double bill, with Reuben Kaye’s solo show running just before it, at 8:30pm. Grab a ticket before they’re gone!