Presented by Verendus Theatrical
Reviewed 15th March 2018
Well away from the chaos of The Garden of Unearthly Delight and Gluttony is the beautiful Stirling Community Theatre. At 10pm on a Thursday night, David Salter’s one-man cabaret Make Believe established itself as a highlight of the Adelaide Fringe.
Make Believe is a children’s show for adults. Salter sings a variety of children’s songs, including Kiss The Girl, Rubber Duckie, and Newspaper Mama; all re-worked to encompass a darker, more cynical style in an affectionate and respectful way. No song is safe! He also reflects on his experiences growing up: primary school, his first Wiggles concert, and learning about the birds and the bees.
David Salter is brilliant. Dressed in high ridden, blue overalls, with a glass of red in hand, he demonstrates his skills as a performer: singing, playing the piano, playing the ukulele, with a ventriloquist act thrown in as well! His script tight, humorous and completely personalised, and his comedic timing, hilarious facial expressions and crass jokes make him a natural cabaret performer.
Opening night came with a few technical glitches, with the piano amlipfication cutting in and out and an occasional haphazard lighting plot, but these should be rectified as the season continues.
An hilarious show with an important message; don’t lose your inner child, and remember the impornant qualities we learnt as children.
Reviewed by Ben Francis
Rating out of 5: 4.5