FRINGEWORLD: Tina Del Twist (4 stars)

Review by Laura Money

Tina Del Twist is an absolute breath of fresh air on the cabaret scene. Her beautiful, rich voice and quick, cracking wit make her solo show (alright she has a guitarist) stand out among the bevvy of sultry cabaret acts giving us jazzy versions of pop classics. (A new arrangement of ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody, anyone?) It’s not that she doesn’t do arrangements of pop songs, though, it’s the choice of music and artistic style that is refreshingly unique.

Booze-hound Tina stumbles elegantly onto the stage, making a bee-line immediately for the glasses of wine on a small table to the side of the stage. She scornfully disregards the glass of water, and reaches for the biggest glass of wine – downing it with charm and grace. The twang of Twist’s guitar provides the perfect accompaniment to Tina’s smooth tone. She gives the songs of the 60s a smoky, nightclub feel. With music choices from The Velvet Underground and Jefferson Airplane, and even a few Aussie classics, you won’t see a show so musically diverse.

Tina Del Twist is a comic genius. Her quick-wittedness sparkles as she banters with the audience, introduces her songs, stumbles about the stage, and finds as many ways as possible to acquire wine. The finale is hilarious and exceptionally fitting for, arguably, the queen of cabaret. Tina Del Twist is a favourite of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and has been invited to perform in Copenhagen, Berlin, Edinburgh, and New York. Fringeworld is truly privileged to host her in this stunning show.

Tina Del Twist is performed by award winning Wes Snelling with Stephen Weir on guitar.


When: 1st – 6th February 2016 (10pm)

Where: De Parel Speigeltent, Perth Cultural Centre

Tickets: From $27

Info: Duration 60mins, Suitable 15+