Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Space Theatre, Friday, June 5
Review by Honey B
Christa Hughes is one of Australia's female rock gods.She knows how to push the envelope and she knows her rock.Inviting audience members into her rockin' ladies lounge was an eye-opening delight as she took an Aussie classic tune and re-invented it into a Hughes rock special with a cabaret twist.Joe Dolce’s classic Shaddap You Face, which was sang to the tune of Cabaret, was a recurring highlight.Hughes also won the audience over with the "unreleased recordings'' of Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue. The versatile rocker mashed-up several Kylie songs including Devil You Know, Spinning Around and Locomotion to Cave's eerie Red Right Hand.Hughes even got a little bit nostalgic over her Machine Gun Fellatio days and performed (Let Me Be) Your Dirty Fucking Whore. She even sliced and diced with her infectious Carrot Day song.There were a few political issues raised throughout the show and Hughes even had a KK Juggy moment while changing costumes on stage.The wine came out as she sang the Cold Chisel hit Cheap Wine and her cover of The Angel's Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again was a beautiful restrained ukulele version with a beautiful echo in the audience's reaction.Don't miss the cheeky rock cabaret humour of Christa Hughes - one of our finest female rockers.