Entertainment Hive 2017

Frisky & Mannish

Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Festival Stage, Wednesday, June 10

Review by Honey B

Frisky and Mannish like to "mess around'' with pop songs. And mess around they do as the crazy duo help the audience navigate the big and scary pop music world. It seems Frisky and Mannish (Laura Corcoran and Matthew Jones) have a point as our British guides took the audience through a mash-up of love songs turned creepy, stalker tunes - just think of Lionel Richies' Hello or The Bangles' The Flame. Frisky also hoisted the feminist flag as she tried to find a suitable anthem, to no avail. She tried songs from Beyonce to Christina Aguilera. Mannish rocked the keyboard and Frisky sang every style from opera to rock and she threw in a pimped up nursery rhyme mix that was ridiculously catchy. Frisky showed a flair for impersonations and the manic duo's Sinead O'Connor's skit was hilarious as they parodied the bald-headed singer through a number of "letters'' from Sinead to stars who have gone off the rails including Miley and Justin Bieber. The glam pop pairing also took aim at some Aussie singers with Olivia Newton John, Sia and Gotye firmly in their sights. The frenetic pop version of Gotye's hit Somebody That I Used to Know was gut-wrenchingly funny. This was a manic ride through pop music history with a gloriously mad musical duo who have twisted pop sensibilities.
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