Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Artspace Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
Words By Pearl Tizzie
The Strange Bedfellows Bedlam, is exactly that, bedlam.
Be prepare for some provocatively twisted eyeliner-clad cabaret.
Daryl ‘Daggers’ Wallis enters the stage, part mad professor, part crazed Doctor and shows the piano who is boss. A silhouette of nightmare before Christmas proportions is seen on an operating table screen. Beautiful lullabies designed to give you only the sweetest of nightmares stream from the piano, before breaking into a bad ass blues boogie.
The strange bedfellows belt out some beauties accompanied by a piano with borderline multiple personality disorder. Including a version of ‘Crazy’ by Gnarls Barkley that ends in a Phantom of the Opera-esque vocal solo. The highlight of a show was a song about the devil’s door knob…
Not for the faint hearted, the show contains coarse language and adult gestures. It is dark and provocative and comments on politics, religion, and reality television with lighthearted comedy and underlying veins of seriousness. The Strange Bedfellows can both clearly sing and flick between pop, blues, and opera as quickly as they do risqué topics.
If you like fishnets and corsets this is the show is for you.
6 Overall Score