FRINGEWORLD 2017 – JoJo Bellini: Crash-Bang Cabaret (3.5 stars)

Review by Laura Money

JoJo Bellini is coming atcha! She is ready to entertain you with shock and debauchery and wash it all down with some classic tunes. Crash-Bang Cabaret is a show like no other. Bellini bursts onto the stage in a golden dress of Bond-girl proportions and is literally there to entertain you.

This is classic cabaret – the tables are situated near the stage and Bellini weaves herself in and out of them with poise. The topic is a little debauched, she speaks of strap-ons, dildos and anything kinky, and uses her brilliant writing talents to turn these thoughts into songs.

The venue is a bit too spacious and plain to be a true cabaret and while Bellini is a wonderful talent, she doesn’t quite make up for the rough-and-ready nature of the evening. I am about to contradict myself here, though, as she handles a wardrobe malfunction hilariously! Perhaps I mean that Bellini is not loud enough to fill the gaps in a large venue.

Venue aside, Bellini exudes wit, grace and charm. Her show becomes rather heartfelt as she strips away all of her showmanship to reveal a woman rendered stronger and tougher after a horrific car accident. An interpretive dance piece brings this accident to the fore in a beautiful and haunting scene.

If you love getting down and dirty, intimate, and a little turned on, this is definitely the show for you!


When: 1st – 4th February 2017 | 7:30pm

Where: HUBBUB at MANPAC | Mandurah | PERTH

Tickets: $22 – $26

Info: Duration 60 minutes | Recommended 18+ | WA Artist