Entertainment Hive 2017

Family Gala hosted by Ali McGregor & Eddie Perfect

Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Sunday, June 12

Review by Honey B

Children can be tricky audience members to please, but Ali McGregor and Eddie Perfect had the youngsters’ undivided attention at the inaugural Family Gala on Sunday (June 12). The kids were dressed-up and ready to party after walking the red carpet and feeling extra special. Everyone had their glow sticks at the ready as the hosts with the most invited everyone to come down and enjoy a mini mosh pit at the front of the stage. Once McGregor started to belt out Sing Sing Sing, which is featured on her Jazzamatazz CD, the dance floor was jumping, but just as quickly the talented McGregor had all of the kids quietly lying on the floor as she sang Bjork’s It’s Oh So Quiet. The divine mother-of-two even had a fabulous costume reveal showing off her beautiful curves in a bright red lycra full-length suit with superb winged sleeves. Perfect was also right in on the action having penned an original rock ‘n’ roll song for the young audience about weeing in the bath – hilarious and catchy. The show featured an array of all-star guests including the fabulous Amy G who wowed everyone with her roller-skating antics, her ukulele playing and fabulous feathered outfit. Miss Behave had the adults in stitches with some game show frivolity and the adults’ ears ringing when she asked the children to “yell the loudest’’. Hmmmm, that wasn’t really thought through! Aussie comedy legends Tripod also performed a cowboy song and along with Perfect sang the Australian national anthem – John Farnham’s You’re The Voice. It was at this moment I turned to my eight-year-old and said: “I used to watch Tripod when I was a teenager.’’ It was hard for her to believe this little fact, but at that moment it was like passing on the baton to the next generation of entertainment fans. That’s what this Family Gala was all about, getting children excited about live performance and going out as a family to enjoy a live show. While this event was best suited to children aged from three to 10, as they could really shake it on the dance floor, it was still a lot of fun for adult and everyone in-between. Who doesn’t like a ball fight and a good conga line to finish a show!
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