FRINGEWORLD 2017 – Juan Vesuvius in Calypso Nights (4.5 stars)

Review by Laura Money

Are you in the mood for dancing and romancing? Need a crash course in calypso music? Well, Juan Vesuvius in  Calypso Nights has you covered! Cheeky, clever and funny this is one of the best nights out you’ll ever have. Juan is a suave and sexy performer, he greets the crowd with a hilarious opening number and doesn’t let the language barrier get in the way. Calypso Nights is good, old-fashioned comedy. The gags are silly but clever, they prove that sometimes what you say isn’t as funny as how you move – funny is universal, after all.

Juan prances about the stage with confidence. He is in his element, teaching the audience about the beautiful musical form – Calypso. His passion shines through as he demonstrates what Calypso is, and what it isn’t (apparently it isn’t a German language record!) Mixing music and any record the op-shops had, presumably, Juan stands proudly at his turn-table, gyrating and grooving along to the music.

His command of the stage is perfect – Juan winks roguishly at the audience, teaches us how to play the maracas, uses the audience to hold up his props and even gets one lucky guy involved! He schools you in the various musical styles that he loves, and acts out the funniest rendition of Wuthering Heights you’ll ever see.

Juan Vesuvius in Calypso Nights is pure and utter silliness. The jokes are almost vaudevillian, the music is grooving and I defy anyone to not dance and shake all night long afterwards!


When: 23rd – 30th January 2017 | 7:00pm

Where: Black Flamingo | The Pleasure Garden | PERTH

Tickets: $16 – $23

Info: Duration 65 minutes | Suitable 15+